The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson

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 spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more ...


Details The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

TitleThe Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
ISBN9780763698225
Author
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Young Adult, Fiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels
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Reviews The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

  • Betsy
    1970-01-01
    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 Library Journal and the like. If a book gets multiple stars, I flag it for my To Be Read pile. This is a good, effective method for finding great books but it is not without ...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    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 reading a book. I might have snorted once or twice (no witnesses). It’s easy for me to say that Yeltsin’s iconic art style and Anderson’s wit make this one an ins...
  • Gianna
    1970-01-01
    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 archivist Werfel has his own mission: he is Spurge's host, and he's determined to please his guest and assist him in any way possible. Although things should have been very simple,...
  • Charlotte
    1970-01-01
    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the so good intentioned host of the visiting elf historian, Brangwain Spurge. Even though it is a hopeful ending, all his nice life was destroyed and he didn't deserve ...
  • Marta Boksenbaum
    1970-01-01
    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it.
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way.
  • Munro's Kids
    1970-01-01
    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation.For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the illustrations, which are almost Boschian in their grotesqueness and weirdness (especially at the beginning).But I was wrong to worry, because it was GREAT. The writing wa...
  • Pop Bop
    1970-01-01
    Like A Medieval Graphic NovelThis is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're willing to be a bit fanciful, wouldn't be out of place in a copy of "The Divine Comedy" or some sacred monastic volume. The result is unique and entertaining. (Of note,...
  • Jenni
    1970-01-01
    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of Lightning (the source of Goblin magic) and learn how it works.Brangwain Spurge agrees to both missions and leaves with the gift to meet Archivist Werfel and the Gob...
  • Tasha
    1970-01-01
    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is delighted to host Spurge, but that soon changes as Spurge is cantankerous, judgmental and hates everything goblin. He even detests an elven feast put on in his hono...
  • Rosemary
    1970-01-01
    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can get an elf's-eye view of everything. He's shot off in a large barrel, and invited to the home of goblin archivist Werfel, who extends every hospitality to Spurge, w...
  • Emmy
    1970-01-01
    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy!When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! I say "no" to fairies, am iffy on elves, and I certainly don't want some big dramatic tale stuffed to the gills with Mary Sue and Marty Stu.My ideas of what makes excel...
  • Theresa Milstein
    1970-01-01
    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trolls have battled on and off a thousand years--and it's led to fear, accusations, losses, and hate. It soon becomes clear that leaders on both sides aren't exactly kind t...
  • Lynn
    1970-01-01
    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. Can societal perceptions be trusted? Can we even trust the ones we form as eye-witnesses? As academics? As Open-Hearted Deliberately Culturally Sensitive (dare I say Lib...
  • Clarissa
    1970-01-01
    This was an amazing book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is wonderful, and the story is funny and exciting.The elves and the goblins have been at war for hundreds of years. There has been peace for three years, but everyone in both sides is angry about the deaths of their friends and family members during the war. The elves send historian Brangwain Spurge to bring a gift to the goblins, a fantastic gemstone carved with scene of batt...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    This is a rather unique story and also rather amusing. For me, part of the jumor stems from the fact that there is a stereotype reversal. Werfel, a goblin, is honorable and polite. Brangwain Spurge, an elf, is conceited and self absorbed. Werfel hosts Spurge when Spurge is sent with an artifact to give to the goblin king. But Spurge is also sent with an ulterior motive: he is to spy on the goblins. The point of view of the story is split three wa...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    The alternation of chapters of text and chapters of images made it a little hard for me to follow, as I am well known as face-blind and incapable of following action in graphic novels. Luckily the author eased us into it, with overlapping events at first and a discussion of the inaccuracies in the pictures that also told me what I was meant to notice (I am sure any kids reading the book did not have my problem -- I'm certifiably really bad at gra...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    This collaboration between Anderson and Eugene Yelchin was simply not my cup of tea. It's getting a lot of attention and already has at least one starred review. It's sort-of funny, and sort-of has a message about who gets to write history, but I found the whole thing a bit boring and I did not like the style of the artwork. Professional reviews compare this to Lord of the Rings and those reviewers should really know better. A story that involves...
  • Dawn Abron
    1970-01-01
    So this is middle grade and I knew that going in but it is an NBA nomination and I like Anderson's writing.There is a STRONG message of warfare wrapped in a humorous story. Goblins are usually described as gross while elves are happy and somewhat cute. Anderson turned this on it's head and I appreciated this because this easily could have been a metaphor for any race or religion that's constantly viewed as bad/dangerous. It is a bit long but then...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    Thoroughly enjoyed this unique weird little gem about the meeting of an archivist goblin with an historian elf who have the weight of their feuding kingdoms riding on the success or failure of their interaction. Funny detailed worldbuilding told in alternating pictures and text that emphasizes the fact that perspective is everything.
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    I was surprised by how much I liked this book.Using illustrations and text to present conflicting narratives is a very clever idea, especially given the plot of this story.And yet this tale has life to it. It is MUCH more than mere scaffold for a witty storytelling exercise.
  • Brenda Kahn
    1970-01-01
    This is a rollicking rollercoaster of satirical, sly fun. The art is utterly brilliant. I cannot wait to reread the finished book and share it with my students.
  • Keitha
    1970-01-01
    A very readable and enjoyable M.T. Anderson story. The illustrations are excellent as well.
  • Ruth
    1970-01-01
    A totally original read.
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    I will be featuring Tobin and Eugene on my blog on September 6th at https://dulemba.blogspot.com/2018/09/... - do have a look at this fantastic new adventure!
  • Felicia Allen
    1970-01-01
    This was a really fun adventure novel. Elves and goblins hate each other. Bragwain is sent by his elf king to get historical information about the goblins. The Order of the Clean Hand gives him a gift for the goblin's king. Through a series of misadventures, Bragwain befriends Werfel the goblin historian and they end up going on an adventure of more misfortunes. This book was funny, and I love the illustrations. The world that the author created ...