The Doughnut Kingdom
By Gigi D.G.
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
What happens when an evil queen gets her hands on an ancient force of destruction?
World domination, obviously.
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.
Can these bunny siblings really save the world in its darkest hour?
Sure, why not?
The Doughnut Kingdom is the first book in the Cucumber Quest series. This graphic novel was a fun read. The thrust of the story is that Cucumber (Cuco), a studious magician, must save Dreamside from total annihilation by Queen Cordelia and her Nightmare Knight.
I found many chuckle worthy moments throughout reading this book. At the outset, Cucumber suggested many times that his younger sister Almond would be more suited for this quest, but he got rebuked by both the Dream Oracle (protector of the world) and his father for this idea.
“When’s the last time you ever heard of a little sister becoming a legendary hero? Absolutely not, son.”
When Cucumber, Almond, and Lady Baguette met up with Grizzly Gum I really enjoyed Almond’s point a view (she is certainly looking for a fight!) with respect to just talking with the bear (who by the way turned out to be a real teddy bear actually):
“…Forget that! We haven’t had a decent fight this whole chapter! Put up your dukes, Grandpa!”
A knight called Carrot and a king with the name of King Croissant. Where do authors come up with names like this? Seems like everyone in the whole kingdom is named after food.
I certainly found it humourous when the BLT Trio accidently introduced themselves as the TLB Squad J. There are many instances such as this where I imagine the jokes are for the benefit of the older reader.
Overall, an enjoyable graphic novel with nice graphics and an entertaining storyline, which I would anticipate being a big hit with the younger reader crowd.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*