Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia: Character profiles
Since his stinky debut in Monster ABC, Hobgoblin has been one of Hazy Dell Press’ most beloved characters. (What’s not to love about “H is for Hobgoblin who smells like a fart”?) Having appeared in every Hazy Dell Press book so far, Hobgoblin, at long last, gets his very own book—and it’s a chapter book no less! We can’t wait for everyone to join him on an adventure through the bad-smelling land of Rancidia with the evil ogre King Fiddlefart on his tail.
To celebrate, we're excited to introduce you to the main characters who join the humble bean farmer, Hobgoblin, to round out our debut middle-grade chapter book: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia.
After conquering Rancidia, King Fiddlefart, the thin-skinned ogre, gained wealth and power beyond any supervillain’s wildest dreams. So what motivates him? In Rancidia, where stinkiness is valued above all else, Fiddlefart is singularly focused on one selfish goal: to hold the title of Grossest Smelling in the Land. And he’d almost have it if it weren’t for one very stinky and very unsuspecting bean farmer: the one and only Hobgoblin.
The feared and respected Huntress is King Fiddlefart’s most loyal minion. She doesn’t blink when the ogre orders her to scrub Hobgoblin, even though a scrubbing—a forced bath—is the cruelest punishment imaginable to any Rancidian. Our story kicks into high gear when the Huntress and her scrub brush arrive at Hobgoblin’s mud hut in the middle of the night.
The Burping Bullfrog
This magic all-smelling frog has served dozens of masters over the centuries. King Fiddlefart is by far his least favorite. Nevertheless, the Burping Bullfrog dutifully uses his powers to sniff the land and burp the truthful answer to the only question that matters to the Ogre King: “Burping Bullfrog in the wall, who smells grossest of them all?”
Poot & Toot
If you’ve always thought that the world of children’s literature needs more sentient dung balls, you’re in luck! Poot, the dung ball, and Toot, the dung beetle, become two of Hobgoblin's most loyal (and stinkiest) friends. They may be small in stature, but don’t underestimate these two: revolutionary spirit comes in many shapes, sizes and smells.
The Barking Spiders
Far stinkier than Snow White’s woodland creatures, Hobgoblin’s barking spiders are no less adorable. With their squeaky barks, joyful bouncing and unfettered loyalty, these little fuzzballs become crucial to Hobgoblin’s success—and Rancidia’s salvation. Arf! Arf! Arf!
When you’re trying to restore a democracy, it helps to have some serious brains on your side. Grody the bog monster is the Seven Stinkers’ de facto leader—and he has the strategy, wisdom and calm demeanor to prove it. But what are these engineering plans that he’s always poring over?
Yucky & Icky
Yucky the skunk ape and Icky the sloth are two Stinkers with completely different communication styles. While Yucky uses complicated, multi-syllabic words to get her point across (or not), Icky prefers to use language that’s accessible to everyone. Despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, Yucky and Icky remain best friends—or, as Yucky might say, “superlative comrades.”
Fusty & Musty
Musty the mummy and Fusty the pirate skeleton are typically fun-loving and good-natured Stinkers. Musty’s quick with a joke and Fusty’s always ready for a hoedown, but when push comes to shove, this decrepit duo is ready to fiercely protect their democracy and all things decent.
Pick up your copy of Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia to get to know these characters even better and find out what happens when friends come together to stick up for their stinking freedom.