Scullion: A Dishwasher’s Guide to Mistaken Identity

Jarad Greene. Oni, $19.99 paper (160p) ISBN 978-1-6201-0753-9
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)
Reviewed on : 05/20/2020
Release date: 07/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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