Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo:The Road to EpoliBook: Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo – The Road to Epoli (Book #1)
Author: Ben Costa & James Parks
Published: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre:  Teen Fantasy Adventure Graphic Novel
Source: Library

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Meet Rickety Stitch . . . a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel. He’s the one skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul, and he has no idea why.

His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears snippets of in his dreams, an epic bard’s tale about the Road to Epoli and the land of Eem.

His sidekick and sole friend is the gelatinous Goo, who Rickety alone can understand. Together they set out in search of Rickety’s past, with abundant humor and danger galore. (Goodreads)


My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.

This graphic novel was suggested to me in a conversation on Twitter. I immediately requested it from my library. I don’t think I even read the synopsis.

And then it came in and I went to pick it up. Aaaaaand…. I really didn’t think I’d like it. I’m not into scary books or skeletons or gore. So at first glance, I thought “eh, I’ll try it and I probably won’t like it.”

Boy, was I wrong!

This book is GORGEOUS. And HILARIOUS. And so, so WONDERFUL.

Rickety Stitch is a beautiful soul. Even though he’s a skeleton and shouldn’t even have a soul. He is sweet, and kind, and keeps dreaming these strange but beautiful dreams. Gelatinous Goo, somehow, is also sweet and kind, and hilarious too, despite being exactly what he is called, a blob of gelatinous goo.

The plot and the characters are smart, and funny, and so interesting. It is a rad little reimagining of a Don Quixote tale – a quest, things unknown, and a lot of blunders. I was surprised on every page with an unexpected story turn, a sweet note on the theme of friendship and generosity, or a weird little bit of humour in either the text or the art.

The authors/artists do a wonderful job of clearly showing dream and reality with two very different but equally gorgeous art styles. I want to buy this book and stare at it for hours. As graphic novels should – so much of the story and character are shown in the art instead of explained or described in the text. It is lovely and really well done.

Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo was not what I expected at all. And I’m so happy about that.

Is it weird? Definitely.

Is it creepy? Maybe a little.

Is it both suitable and maybe unsuitable for middle grade readers? Maybe.

There is definitely some adult-ish humour in Rickety Stitch. But it is also written at a level that both pre-teen and teen readers will likely enjoy it. And, because of a little added layer here and there, so will a lot of adult readers.

Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo is one of my top reads of 2017.

I really enjoyed it and have put it on my wish list (even though I’m really not supposed to buy any books for a good long while after my huge December haul…). I also cannot wait for book two, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo – The Middle Route Run, scheduled to come out in June 2018.


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