GRAPHIC NOVELS

Scullion: A Dishwasher’s Guide to Mistaken Identity

Oni. Jul. 2020. 160p. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781620107539.
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Gr 6 Up–A case of mistaken identity results in shenanigans in this amusing fantasy. It’s the weekend of the wedding of Prince Chapp and esteemed warrior Riqa, and all of Timberwood Village is agog, none more so than Riqa superfans Darlis and Mae, who work as scullions (dishwashers) in the castle. On his way to work one morning, Darlis agrees to transport some linens to the castle, but he stumbles and gets tangled in them. To a pair of greedy, slow-witted troll siblings, he looks just like Riqa, and the pair kidnap him. Caught in a comically inept ransom scheme, Darlis and would-be rescuer Mae will have to outwit their captors if they ever hope to return home. This humorous, plot-driven narrative emphasizes that heroes can come from anywhere. Greene’s wholesome, low-stakes adventure demonstrates, too, that problem-solving and quick wits can save the day over violence and bloodshed. Darlis and Mae are appealing, as are the quirky trolls. The cartoon illustrations are rife with humor, and variations in panel design and layout add visual interest. Certain aspects of the art, such as pupil-less eyes, may not click with all readers.
VERDICT Hand to teen graphic novel enthusiasts looking for a light, funny fantasy read.

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