As the offspring of two bona fide bibliomaniacs, my toddler daughter continuously demands to have books read to her.
Some of the books she likes I find boring (but as a dutiful father soldier on reading them to her) and some of them I quite enjoy (like everything Donaldson and Scheffler cook up).
Goblin lives in a dungeon, together with Skeleton, his best friend. It is a simple life of feeding the rats and lighting the torches, until ADVENTURERS STORM THE DUNGEON and steal all the contents of the treasure room. They even take Skeleton. So Goblin has to walk out into the world to get his friend back. But, as the neighboring Hill Troll reminds him, nobody likes a goblin and thus he is constantly being hunted by farmers, inn keepers and elves until he is reunited with his friend and [spoiler warning] becomes the Goblin King.
This is a magic book. Sometimes when my Daughter is fast asleep I just read it to myself.
My only problem with this book of goblins, magic and elves is … that it is totally unrealistic.
I mean, if you had a dungeon with a full treasure room, would you guard it with a single goblin and a single skeleton? Of course not. You would at least make it an Orc and a Lich and throw in some deadly traps for good measure.
An adventurer’s life is not just about money. It is a constant quest for experience and self perfection. Imagine how disappointed the adventurers were when they only found a lonely skeleton in the treasure room. How many XPs is a skeleton? 2? It will take ages to level up … of course they were grumpy …
And speaking of the adventurers… how am I supposed to teach my daughter the principles of effective dungeon warfare, if this pack of beginners has the wizard charge in first, like he was the bloody tank. No no no, I keep telling my daughter, the fighters go first. That’s why they got more hit points and a higher armor class. Come on, it’s not that hard!
And before I forget .. what is the deal with this lady who suddenly sits among the gold on the cart, is really good with a sword, and looks just like the statue from treasure room? I need explanations!
Anyhow, the Daughter and I love this book. And even if you have never been a role-playing nerd you will be able to enjoy it. Just take it as a story of an underdog who overcomes great obstacles to find success and happiness in life … and a boot to gnaw on.