Good The Goblin Queen is a book geared toward middle school kids who are starting to develop a larger vocabulary yet still have significant lessons to learn as they grow up. Good was the adopted daughter of two orangutans. She didn’t quite fit in with her mother and father and often got annoyed that she was not living the way she wanted. They were messy and childish which often embarrassed Good.
When approached by a ghost (Mr. Fuddlebee), she is given the choice to make a wish. Good makes the choice to wish to be a queen. However, what Good got was a bit more than she expected.
After the wish was made, she became a queen – but she turned green! She realized that she was no longer human (a goblin?) which scared Good and made her regretful. Then seven goblins showed up to greet Good and bring her through a series of lessons, while Good also teaches them some very important lessons of her own.
They need to get to Goblin Kingdom in order for Good to begin her duties as queen. Along the way she gives into temptation, teaches the goblins how to deal with conflicts and how to use kindness, as opposed to fighting, when resolving a situation. One of the biggest lessons that Good teaches her new goblin subjects is how people shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The goblins had never heard of such a statement so Good goes more in depth with her explanation. The goblins misunderstand many of the things Good says to them. However, she has the patience to put in the time to help the goblins understand. While the goblins are learning, so is the reader.
This book is about growing up and finding out who you are and where you belong. Although the journey isn’t easy, it is worth it! Good the Goblin Queen was a funny and silly book but it really made a lot of great points. The font is fun and draws kids in. The chapters are small and have black and white pictures within the chapters to boost the imagination and see what the gremlins and goblins looked like without being too childish. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend this to teachers and parents without a doubt.