The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political saga of warring elf and goblin kingdoms. Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, a...

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Title:The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Author:M.T. Anderson
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0763698229
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:525 pages pages

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Reviews

  • Renata
    Nov 27, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

  • Cat
    Oct 11, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

  • Destinee Sutton
    Nov 09, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

  • Betsy
    Apr 27, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

  • Leah
    Jan 20, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

  • Lynn
    Jul 05, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

  • DaNae
    Oct 26, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

  • Tony
    Jan 21, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

  • Shauna Yusko
    Sep 12, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

  • Rebecca
    Feb 10, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    This is a three star book for me, but I?m giving a bonus star for the experimentation behind it. In short, two historically warring races, elves and goblins, meet by way of a historian from each. Their perceptions are colored by prejudice. Hijinks ensue. The problem for me was that i...

    The elf was a guest. It was Werfel's duty to protect him. Okay, this is more like 3.5 stars. My feelings on this one are hard to explain. It's not the best book I've read, not ridiculously funny, suspenseful or outlandish. But it is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of the Lord of...

    Told through a combination of third person narrative, spymaster reports, and sequences of medieval-like tapestry illustrations, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge recounts the hilarious misadventures of the titular Brangwain Spurge. An elf historian tasked with returning a treasure ...

    Elves and Goblins have been at war for a thousand years, but perhaps there's hope for change. The Elves have found an ancient Goblin artifact and are returning it via the least adventurous Elf in existence, Brangwain Spurge. Shot in a barrel over the Bonecruel Mountains, Brangwain is i...

  • Allison Parker
    Dec 10, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

  • Kari
    Dec 26, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

  • Rachel Rooney
    Jan 14, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

  • J
    Oct 16, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

  • Angie
    Nov 17, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

  • Paula Lyle
    Oct 20, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

  • Michelle
    Nov 04, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

  • Paul
    Sep 03, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

  • Shannan
    Dec 26, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

  • Heidi Burkhart
    Jan 16, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

  • Gianna
    Sep 03, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

  • Denny
    Oct 12, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

  • Rachel
    Jan 04, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    This is a three star book for me, but I?m giving a bonus star for the experimentation behind it. In short, two historically warring races, elves and goblins, meet by way of a historian from each. Their perceptions are colored by prejudice. Hijinks ensue. The problem for me was that i...

    The elf was a guest. It was Werfel's duty to protect him. Okay, this is more like 3.5 stars. My feelings on this one are hard to explain. It's not the best book I've read, not ridiculously funny, suspenseful or outlandish. But it is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of the Lord of...

    Told through a combination of third person narrative, spymaster reports, and sequences of medieval-like tapestry illustrations, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge recounts the hilarious misadventures of the titular Brangwain Spurge. An elf historian tasked with returning a treasure ...

  • Jonine Bergen
    Nov 26, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    This is a three star book for me, but I?m giving a bonus star for the experimentation behind it. In short, two historically warring races, elves and goblins, meet by way of a historian from each. Their perceptions are colored by prejudice. Hijinks ensue. The problem for me was that i...

    The elf was a guest. It was Werfel's duty to protect him. Okay, this is more like 3.5 stars. My feelings on this one are hard to explain. It's not the best book I've read, not ridiculously funny, suspenseful or outlandish. But it is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of the Lord of...

    Told through a combination of third person narrative, spymaster reports, and sequences of medieval-like tapestry illustrations, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge recounts the hilarious misadventures of the titular Brangwain Spurge. An elf historian tasked with returning a treasure ...

    Elves and Goblins have been at war for a thousand years, but perhaps there's hope for change. The Elves have found an ancient Goblin artifact and are returning it via the least adventurous Elf in existence, Brangwain Spurge. Shot in a barrel over the Bonecruel Mountains, Brangwain is i...

    This illustrated novel is really great. I love novels that are difficult to put into one box. The elf, Brangwain Spurge, is sent as an emissary to the goblin king with a gift of an old goblin artifact. He is also tasked with sending back visual images of his time with the goblins to...

  • Mathew
    Feb 05, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

  • M. Lauritano
    Nov 17, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    This is a three star book for me, but I?m giving a bonus star for the experimentation behind it. In short, two historically warring races, elves and goblins, meet by way of a historian from each. Their perceptions are colored by prejudice. Hijinks ensue. The problem for me was that i...

  • Castle Spooktacular
    Jan 06, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

  • Barb Dixon Palmieri
    Oct 11, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    This is a three star book for me, but I?m giving a bonus star for the experimentation behind it. In short, two historically warring races, elves and goblins, meet by way of a historian from each. Their perceptions are colored by prejudice. Hijinks ensue. The problem for me was that i...

    The elf was a guest. It was Werfel's duty to protect him. Okay, this is more like 3.5 stars. My feelings on this one are hard to explain. It's not the best book I've read, not ridiculously funny, suspenseful or outlandish. But it is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of the Lord of...

    Told through a combination of third person narrative, spymaster reports, and sequences of medieval-like tapestry illustrations, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge recounts the hilarious misadventures of the titular Brangwain Spurge. An elf historian tasked with returning a treasure ...

    Elves and Goblins have been at war for a thousand years, but perhaps there's hope for change. The Elves have found an ancient Goblin artifact and are returning it via the least adventurous Elf in existence, Brangwain Spurge. Shot in a barrel over the Bonecruel Mountains, Brangwain is i...

    This illustrated novel is really great. I love novels that are difficult to put into one box. The elf, Brangwain Spurge, is sent as an emissary to the goblin king with a gift of an old goblin artifact. He is also tasked with sending back visual images of his time with the goblins to...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

  • Jeweliana
    Nov 28, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    This is a three star book for me, but I?m giving a bonus star for the experimentation behind it. In short, two historically warring races, elves and goblins, meet by way of a historian from each. Their perceptions are colored by prejudice. Hijinks ensue. The problem for me was that i...

    The elf was a guest. It was Werfel's duty to protect him. Okay, this is more like 3.5 stars. My feelings on this one are hard to explain. It's not the best book I've read, not ridiculously funny, suspenseful or outlandish. But it is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of the Lord of...

  • Michael C
    Jan 04, 2019

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    My favorite part of this book is that a goblin's love language is insults. Honestly, I admired this, but it was not my favorite book of the year. Maybe I guessed the ending/twist too early, but it felt too long. I hope there aren't too many kids who fail to finish the story, becaus...

    There is no doubt this is brilliant, but often I found myself as confused as an Elf in a Goblin world. ...

    If ever there was a book that used satire and the unreliable narrator with a deft, dry touch whilst still wholly appealing to children then this is that book. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge might be seen as the disgruntled older pubescent sibling of Zelnick?s wriiten narrative...

    An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion f...

    All I will say is that I knew it was going to be Not For Me and indeed it was Not For Me at all. But I think it did its thing admirably even though I didn?t enjoy or admire it. ...

    This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisioni...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE. (2018). M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. **. I should have been warned ahead of time about this book. It combines several styles and genres into one large group of pages that represent an abandonment of trees. It is a partially graphic novel ...

    All of M.T. Anderson's books are so weird and I love them so much. He's such a funny, incisive author no matter what he's talking about. This book was a real trip. I also loved Eugene Yelchin's illustrations, and the whole conceit is so clever and so well-excecuted. I feel like thi...

    Having read enough of Anderson's books, I should realize by now that whatever I expect is not what is going to happen. I was also a bit dubious about the fact the book was listed as a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature. At first it was kind of ho-hum, meh...

    This was kind of an odd one, although I think perhaps that's to be expected from Anderson. Anyway, it's about an uptight elven historian who is sent (via barrel and catapult) as an ambassador to the goblins to deliver a gift to help reaffirm their peace agreement. Unknown to him the el...

    Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins). Poor ...

    A snowday turned this 500+ doorstop into a one-sitting read. ...

    MT Anderson has a terrific range of writing styles! Every book that he has written so far is an absolute winner, each for different reasons. I never would have guessed him to come up with something this fanciful, political, and imaginative in such a unique style! Well, he did it. I cou...

    A fun story of espionage and bad blood between goblins and elves. Loaded with trickery, tension, and tyrants. The illustrations were other worldly and helped moved the story along too. A cool read! ...

    This is a silly book about serious topics. Who can you trust when you can't trust the leaders of a country? An interesting question at this particular time. My biggest quibble was that the super secret transmissions were not adequately explained early on and I was not viewing them with...

    Love this book. Not only was it a great story about conflict and acceptance, but it was told through prose and incredible drawings. I loved how entire portions of the story were told in pictures and picked up in words without missing a beat. ...

    This book was really good and might win the Newbery award because it has 3 different types of telling the story, one was pictures, one was letters, and one was text and having 3 different ways of telling the story is very unique ...