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Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia


★ "Readers will giggle through every page of this smart political satire.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Some heroes aren’t really that brave, nor all that smart. Some heroes are hobgoblins who smell like a fart. Named a Best Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and a Book of the Year by Foreword INDIES, this uproarious send-up of the Snow White fairy tale follows the adventures the profoundly stinky Hobgoblin as he flees the jealous wrath of a democracy-hating ogre named Fiddlefart. 

Reviews and Accolades

★ A Kirkus Best Book of 2019

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Winner

★ A Kirkus Reviews Most Anticipated Middle-Grade Book for Fall 2019

★ "Readers will giggle through every page of this smart political satire.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Engages hard-to-please tween readers with imaginative adventure, fun illustrations [and] silly fart references…Read it together at bedtime to share laughter and a positive message of empathy and inclusivity.”
The Seattle Times

“[A] hilarious second coming of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…This story is like nothing you’ve ever read before…You’ll instantly fart with glee[.]”
Literary Features Syndicate

“You'll have to read all the pages of this stinkily suspenseful book for yourself."
Illustoria Magazine

2019 Powell’s Books Staff Pick

Artist Bios

Kyle Sullivan is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. His acclaimed titles for children include the Hazy Fables middle-grade series, the picture books Werewolf? There Wolf! and The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies, and the board book Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

Derek Sullivan is a Seattle-based illustrator. He has illustrated many books for children including Party Croc!: A Folktale from Zimbabwe for Albert Whitman & Company; and Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of RancidiaZombie, Or Not to Be and The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies for Hazy Dell Press.

Reading Level

Reading level/interest: Ages 8 to 12

Lexile measure: 860L


GRE: 4

This book is aligned with Common Core Standards.

Specs and Details

Page count: 180, including 55 gorgeous black-and-white illustrations.

Size: 6x8.75”

Hard cover chapter book with a soft touch matte finish dust jacket.

ISBN: 9781948931045

Free Education Guides / Activities

Download a free education guide and activity for Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia, including a learning guide for educators and parents to help students meet several of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.