Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: February 27th, 2018
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Humor, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Magic, Action, Adventure, Friendship
The quest to save Dreamside continues! After a surprise attack at sea, Cucumber finds himself in the Ripple Kingdom, home to white sand, blue waves . . . oh yeah, and the giant, terrible squid monster holding Almond and Sir Carrot captive. Can our so-called “legendary hero” rescue his companions from the nefarious Splashmaster? Nah, probably not. Good thing Princess Nautilus is here! With her wit, charm, and positive attitude, there’s no way they can lose. But saving the day won’t be as simple as it seems once a 500,000-year-old secret comes to light . . .
I was so eager to return to this series.
I read the first one a couple of months ago and I fell in love quite immediately. I’ll admit, it is ridiculous and goofy and, quite evidently, very unrealistic, even for a fantasy story, but it’s also a thousand times more fun than other web-comics, and so wonderfully-illustrated.
I simply can’t get enough of these cute characters. Whether they are heroes or villains, they are equally interesting and sometimes equally loveable. Peridot especially is supposed to be a villainous witch, and I guess in some ways she is, but she is impossible to dislike—she cracks me up every time she makes her appearance.
Unlike the first book, the world-building is a *little* bit over the place. That’s why I can’t give it more, although I really wish I could. Even if the reader is never completely lost, I wasn’t able to understand the Ripple Kingdom as well as I did the Doughnut one. Even now I’m not sure what sort of princess Nautilus is, so I just think of her as Nautilus, Princess of the Sea, though that’s not her title I think*.
The rest is spot on, though, and I especially enjoyed seeing Cucumber try to rescue his sister Almond from the nefarious sea creature. I learned more about the quest itself, and I’m curious to see what will happen to the other characters. I rarely say this, I realize, but I’m actually… scared one of the characters will die… I love them all. I’m even rooting for Cordelia to get her happy ending.
* Okay so I thought about it afterwards and obviously now I realize she is the Princess of the Ripple Kingdom, but I don’t one hundred percent understand what the Ripple Kingdom is exactly. The Doughnut Kingdom was self-explanatory, but this one not quite.
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