Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Adventure, Friendship
The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight.
What a sweet story.
A true feast to the eyes. I could devour it any time of day. Alright, alright, I will stop, because I could go on like this forever.
But I did like it. So much. It doesn’t take itself seriously, so you know from the start that this is a graphic novel for you to enjoy and clear your mind with.
It tries hard to be funny, that I admit, however I personally found it pleasant, clever and very entertaining. I may have chuckled a few times too.
It’s EXTREMELY light, so don’t go on thinking you’ll be able to compare it to Harry Potter because the worlds have nothing in common and neither do the characters (except maybe Cucumber’s interest in magic, but that isn’t much illustrated).
Each character is memorable. I swear, you’d think it’d be easy to connect to a character that you’re able to *see*, but if you read many graphic novels, you know by now that personality matters the most. So if I loved these characters it’s not because they looked lovely or interesting, it’s because they were uniquely developed by the author.
When is the next out? I need.
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