Maddy Kettle by Eric Orchard

Maddy Kettle

Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents' bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats!Now Maddy's on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she'll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry ...

Details Maddy Kettle

TitleMaddy Kettle
Release DateSep 30th, 2014
PublisherTop Shelf Productions
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Adventure, Childrens, Juvenile, Middle Grade

Reviews Maddy Kettle

  • Sam Quixote
    Maddy’s parents have been turned into mice by the Thimblewitch so she sets off on a magical adventure to find her to turn them back. Eric Orchard’s Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch is a delightful kid’s book that even a (supposed) grown-up like me enjoyed! Orchard’s art is immediately eye-catching - it looks appealing with just the right amount of menace to it to grab you. I liked the cross-hatching and the vivid colours, a...
  • Erica
    I liked everything but the story.The idea, the pictures (which are Lane Smith-ish), the fantastical nature of the whole story - all great.The writing, though, seemed like it came from an eight-year-old in that it's choppy, poorly-structured, and all over the place. This would make a fantastic introduction to graphic stories for new or reluctant readers and for those who don't need to have a story told step-by-step but can appreciate the overall c...
  • Sesana
    A strange, imaginative fantasy comic. The pace felt a little rushed to me, but that does tend to happen in children's books. Maddy herself is very determined, very brave, and very kind, just as a good children's book hero should be. The art is quite pretty, and it works well with the story. My niece, age 8, insisted on reading right after me and said that it was "a really good book", which made me bump up my rating from three stars to four.
  • Orrin Grey
    Eric Orchard is a national treasure (except for the part where he's from another nation). I don't actually remember where I first ran across his work--maybe his adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's "The Situation"?--but I've been a fan for a long time, and we've been friends online for years now. As I type this, there's an original ink drawing that Eric did of a myconid hanging on the wall of my office. So to say that I've been eagerly awaiting the ad...
  • Raina
    This should be a bigger deal.Beautiful saturated illustrations depicting a unique world. Orchard combines elements of steampunk, animal adventure, and just a touch of creepy, in a story about a kid trying to save her parents. There are fun/surprising gadgets, quirky landscapes, and lots of frameable panels.Give it to kids who like Zita the Spacegirl, Hildafolk, and Coraline. I might take it to elementary schools, but this is a somewhat crowded...
  • Melissa Chung
    I was able to read this right away from NetGalley on my computer and it was soooo beautiful and amazing.This is a graphic novel for children. The illustrations are 200 times more perfect than anything I can think of. I don't know what Eric Orchard's style of drawing is called but its like when you scratch paint off of a canvas and that paint left over ends up being the picture. So so so beautiful. I can't stop gushing.Maddy is a little girl who l...
  • Ian Wood
    This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either ...
  • E
     Maddy Kettle Book 1: The Adventure of the ThimblewitchBy Lisa King | Wednesday, August 20The hero's journey is a timeless tale. Whether Luke Skywalker is helping to defeat the Galactic Empire, or Jason is questing for the Golden Fleece, it is ingrained into our very spirit to adventure, and face our biggest fears. Maddy Kettle is a tough-as-nails young girl, who loves to work in her parents' bookshop. Things are peaceful, safe, and normal ther...
  • Nimue Brown
    Beautiful and whimsical in terms of both the story and the illustration, this is a truly charming little book. It could be the start of a series. I really hope it is at any rate.Maddy Kettle is the perfect book for the younger child who is imaginative and good at the technical side of reading, but not equal to the more complex plots and emotions in books aimed at older children. I think there's a real hole in the market here, and we need more boo...
  • Annette
    Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch is the first book in an exciting new graphic novel series by Eric Orchard. [return][return]When her parents are turned into kangaroo rats and kidnapped by evil spider goblins, Maddy goes in search of the Thimblewitch to rescue them. A one-of-a-kind floating spadefoot toad named Ralph is just one of the many unique creatures Maddy encounters on her quest. This fantasy adventure has just the right bal...
  • Samantha
    Maddy is eleven years old, her parents were turned into kangaroo rats by the Thimblewitch, and she has a floating frog as a pet. When Maddy's parents are kidnapped by spider goblins, she sets out to find the Thimblewitch, to insist the witch set things right. I personally did not particularly enjoy this graphic novel. The drawings are whimsical and fun, but the storyline is so stilted and silly that I'm fairly certain one of my sixth graders coul...
  • Lindsey Lewis
    UPDATE: I was finally able to read Maddy Kettle from beginning to end IN ORDER! It's even better when you're able to understand what's going on sequentially. It seems like it may leave room at the end for a second volume, and if so, I will eagerly read it.NOTE: I received a free digital copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley to review. The copy I received was out of order and I haven't found a way to fix it yet. I will update the review if nee...
  • Anna (BooksandBookends)
    I received a copy of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was great fun, it has some lovely cartoons which really add to the story. Orchard has created a great world for his characters and some fabulously imaginative characters they are too! Some of my favourite characters were the Cloud Whales and Silvio. It has a great storyline and a lovely protagonist which made it an enjoyable read. The charact...
  • Elaine
    A delightful comic style adventure story telling how the heroine, Maddy Kettle, together with her pet, a flying toad called Ralph, set off to rescue her parents, who have been turned into rats by the Thimblewitch! The range of characters she meets en route include ones you are unlikely to have met before, some will be helpful friends whilst others aren't quite so nice! It also shows that the motivation of characters is not always what you assume,...
  • Susan
    Maddy works with her parent in their bookstore. On her birthday, she gets a surprising gift from her father--a floating frog called Ralph. Suddenly there are spider goblins breaking, taking her parents who have turned into rats and her floating frog. She decides she must find thimblewitch to get her parents back and her frog. On the way, she finds enemies and friends as she searches for the thimblewitch. Will Maddy find her? Will she get her pare...
  • Alisa Wilhelm
    Beautiful, whimsical, enchanting, playful. Maddy is an Arizona girl (holla!) who needs to turn her parents, currently an adorable pair of kangaroo rats, back into humans. Her adventures lead her to fantastical creatures, magical machinery, and delightful surprises. The art is gorgeous, the story is entertaining, and I cannot covet this book enough. Full review upcoming on Papercuttts.(note: I received this ARC ebook for free, but that didn't chan...
  • Paula Lyle
    I received a copy from Netgalley.I loved this book. Girls will like the female hero and boys will like the comics format and all the weird creatures. Parents and teachers will love that violence is not the first and only option. Maddy discovers that each situation began with someone in trouble who couldn't get help. She puts things right and leaves at the end to continue that journey. Just shows that nice people don't have to be sappy!
  • Andy
    3.5 stars - Maddy Kettle: The Adventures of the Thimblewitch is a beautifully illustrated book, filled with weird images and creatures of wonder, but while this quest story has some good things going for it - especially a fearless protagonist - a lot of situations seem to get resolved rather easily. Still, this is an adventure aimed primarily at young readers and is a great reluctant reader book. I look forward to the next book in the series.
  • Kat Wells
    this one was a little weird for me...the drawings were awkward and the story skipped a lot and didnt flow well but the graphic was enjoyable and quick so I gave it 2 stars.
  • Sarah Sammis
  • C. L.
    A trope-y story (girl goes on magical quest to save parents), but the gorgeous art makes up for the lack of originality. Plus, female protagonists in comics should not be missed. Recommended.
  • Darth
    This is another case of an artist (who frankly isn't even that good) thinking that they are a writer too. At best, this was a meh graphic novel.
  • Ann-Kristine
    reminds me of Pearson's Hilda :)
  • Katie
    My daughter was completely amused while reading this book! Very imaginative!
  • DelAnne Frazee
    Title: Maaddie Kettle - The Adventure of the ThimblewitchAuthor: Eric OrchardPublisher: Diamond Book DistributorsPublished: 9-30-2014Pages: 97Genre: Children's FictionsSub-Genre: Comics & Graphics Novels, Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense, Kindle Short ReadsISBN: 9781603090728ASIN: B019NCX854Reviewed For NetGalley and Diamond Book DistributorsReviewer: DelAnneRating: 4 StarsWith her parents turned into Kangaroo Rats Maddie is off the save them by fin...
  • Travis Mueller
    I checked this book out to a patron and found the cover intriguing enough that I felt a need to track it down and read it. And the art seemed vaguely familiar, which I guess is because I had read this author's Bera the One-Headed Troll. Overall, the art is nice and I like the world of the story, with its sort of skewed fairy tail feel. But there isn't a lot of substance to the story. Things just kind of happen, and there is no real weight to any ...
  • Michelle
    A quirky graphic novel about Maddy and her flying toad, Ralph. Maddy's parents have been turned into rats by the Thimblewitch and she is determined to save them. She sets off on a journey, finds new friends Harry and Silvio, cloud cartographers!, and has to deal with spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and the dreaded Thimblewitch.
  • Mary Thomas
    I didn't really care for this one. I don't know if it's because I'm not crazy about graphic novels in general (but I'm trying to like them!) or if it was just mediocre. It very much ended on a cliffhanger (I kept wondering how it was going to resolve with only a few pages left).
  • Kafil Lecraft
    It is not bad😁
  • Juli Anna
    Disappointing! The illustrations were so darling and I always love a magical, girl-led adventure, but the pacing of this story was too strange. It seemed like Orchard was trying to cram too long of an adventure into this short book, and it just ended up feeling rushed and half-baked. There was no time for character development, or much world-building, which is too bad because the details he did include were so imaginative! Overall, although this ...