Scullion A dishwasher's guide to mistaken identity

Jarad Greene

Book - 2020

When humble dishwasher Darlis is mistaken for warrior icon Riqa, two troll siblings try to capture Darlis and hold him for ransom, with his best friend Mae getting caught in the mix-up.

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Genres
Graphic novels
Published
Portland, OR : Oni Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Chiefly illustrations.
Physical Description
162 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781620107539
1620107538
Main Author
Jarad Greene (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The citizens of Timberwood Village are all aquiver: the wedding weekend of fierce warrior Riqa and hunky Prince Chapp has finally arrived, and for a village obsessed with celebrities, this is about as exciting as it gets. For Darlis—dishwasher, aspiring baker, and big-time fan of Riqa's The Fair Maiden's Guide books, which offer warrior tips and tricks—the weekend of festivities means working overtime scrubbing dishes in the castle kitchens. Luckily, he has help from new hire Mae, another Riqa superfan. And Darlis is going to need her help when, during the chaos of wedding preparations, a group of troublemaking trolls become convinced he's Riqa herself, and they've got ransom on the brain. At the same time, Chapp and (the real) Riqa have a wedding-day mission of their own, and a mistaken-identity comedy of errors is underway. Greene makes clever use of perspective and works much of the anachronistic humor into the bright, poppy artwork, which plays on celebrity mania in a medieval-esque setting. This lighthearted, inclusive adventure will be a surefire hit with fans of irreverent fantasy. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In the village of Timberwood, residents are abuzz preparing for superstar nuptials: Prince Chapp's wedding to Riqa, a member of his royal guard and local celebrity author of Fair Maiden's Guide. A cog in the celebratory wheel, royal scullion and aspiring baker Darlis must not only prepare for the wedding but also train newcomer Maewyn. Two converging story lines thrust Darlis into a complicated situation: Riqa leaves the kingdom to pursue Prince Chapp, who is investigating a bridgeside troll development, while trolls Grubble and Petey try to make a big score to escape a life of labor. When the trolls mistake Darlis, wrapped in linens and clumsily sporting a bowl atop his head, for Riqa, they attempt to abduct and ransom him for profit as Mae pursues the trolls to rescue Darlis. The story relies on coincidences and dramatic irony to propel itself forward, and Greene leans into this cartoony style with simplified features, exaggerated gestures, and flat colors. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary. (July)¦ Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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.—Pearl Derlaga, York County Public Library, VA Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When humble dishwasher Darlis is mistaken for warrior icon Riqa, two troll siblings try to capture Darlis and hold him for ransom, with his best friend Mae getting caught in the mix-up.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

'As quirky and fresh as a D&D campaign with your best friends." ' Ashley Poston, author of GeekerellaIn celebrity-obsessed Timberwood Village, the great warrior Riqa is an icon who's about to throw the wedding of the century, and local teens Darlis and Mae are just two humble dishwashers. Until, that is, Riqa mysteriously disappears and an unsuspecting Darlis is mistaken for her! It seems like an honest mistake, until he realizes that these two troll siblings want to capture and hold him for ransom, with Mae getting caught in the mix-up. To get out of this predicament, these dishwashers will have to get their hands a little dirty. Armed with only their wits and Riqa's book, The Fair Maiden's Guide to Eating Your Captor for Breakfast, can Darlis and Mae give their captors a run for their money?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“As quirky and fresh as a D&D campaign with your best friends." – Ashley Poston, author of GeekerellaIn celebrity-obsessed Timberwood Village, the great warrior Riqa is an icon who’s about to throw the wedding of the century, and local teens Darlis and Mae are just two humble dishwashers. Until, that is, Riqa mysteriously disappears and an unsuspecting Darlis is mistaken for her! It seems like an honest mistake, until he realizes that these two troll siblings want to capture and hold him for ransom, with Mae getting caught in the mix-up. To get out of this predicament, these dishwashers will have to get their hands a little dirty. Armed with only their wits and Riqa’s book, The Fair Maiden’s Guide to Eating Your Captor for Breakfast, can Darlis and Mae give their captors a run for their money?