The Flower Kingdom (Cucumber Quest, #4)
What's in a name?In order to defeat the Nightmare Knight, legend dictates that the DreamSword must be autographed by seven princesses. But things get a bit complicatedwhen our heroes discover that the Flower Kingdom has no royalty! Luckily, the"king" of fashion, Mr. R is on the hunt for the new face of his styleempire, and whoever catches his eye will be named... (wait for it...)"Princess R"!Who will claim the coveted title? And why does it feel like we'reforgetting something important...?

The Flower Kingdom (Cucumber Quest, #4) Details

TitleThe Flower Kingdom (Cucumber Quest, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781626728356
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade, Adventure

The Flower Kingdom (Cucumber Quest, #4) Review

  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    The latest and most divisive of the 'Cucumber Quest' comic volumes. Don't let the title and the pink cover fool you - 'The Flower Kingdom' is certainly the darkest installment, and the most convoluted in plotting.I still enjoyed it, and I loved a lot of its character and story developments. But overall its narrative structure and content can get confusing and overwhelming, particularly for a child audience. Some of the great humour is lost at the expense of the tonal whiplash as well.There's the The latest and most divisive of the 'Cucumber Quest' comic volumes. Don't let the title and the pink cover fool you - 'The Flower Kingdom' is certainly the darkest installment, and the most convoluted in plotting.I still enjoyed it, and I loved a lot of its character and story developments. But overall its narrative structure and content can get confusing and overwhelming, particularly for a child audience. Some of the great humour is lost at the expense of the tonal whiplash as well.There's the new minion Rosemaster, the most complex of the lot so far, who is like a darker, more sophisticated Poison Ivy; the return of Lord Cabbage, working various jobs; Peridot is given many, many chances to shine in this volume - and she is becoming my favourite character; Carrot also shines, quite literally, in his brave development as a knight. Sadly Cucumber hardly does anything here. Next up there's Boltergeist the guardian spirit of doors, who hates door haters; the salad duo become a trio again by picking a random postman for their group; let us not forget the kingdom with two kings who are married!; and Saturday and her butler return in an ending plot twist. Among other features that would take too long to list. There is more than meets the eye, concerning the Nightmare Knight and his minions, is all I'll say. Like I said, the story is rather complicated.Was there any real point to the beauty contest, the main plot?Oh Peridot, she is one of the saving graces in 'The Flower Kingdom'. She interacts with a bunch of characters, is fiercely proactive, and she slowly but surely grows to have feelings for her opponent Almond; even dreaming of their wedding day! The LBGTQ content is strong in this comic - another saving grace. Peridot also bonds with the Nightmare Knight - over baking! and a Magical Girl TV show! (which Almond also loves). Plus, more of Princess Parfait and the Nightmare Knight being friends (reluctantly on his part), and it is still sweet and beautiful. Siblings Almond and Cucumber share a nice, heartbreaking moment or two together. Cordelia, little that she actually appears in the series, is funny and interesting, and her relationship with Peridot is very adorable and touching, for a master and her minion.The artwork is stronger and more vibrant than ever. It fits the dramatic story exceedingly well.I don't know. A dark tone is fine when executed carefully, with the subversion theme. That's not the problem here. But I think the series is just becoming too perplexing. All those subplots and characters. 'The Flower Kingdom' doesn't even contain a bonus issue at the end. 'Cucumber Quest' needs to develop slowly, introducing plot and character elements a bit simpler, in my opinion. I don't think I'll be continuing the series, however; I'm not even sure when the next volume will be published. I'm very picky about what I read, especially graphic novels and their sequels.Well, that's all folks.For now.Final Score: 3.5/5
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  • Elizabeth Mellen
    January 1, 1970
    These are just the freaking cutest. Still loving the art and how the story line mocks the traditional "quest" story, and has a cast of diverse characters and villains.
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    An incredibly sloppy installment to this series. The story was so jumpy and confusing I had to flip back several times to see if pages were missing from my copy. Characters will be together on one page and alone the next, with no transition. It's sort of explained at the end, but not well, enough to justify feeling lost for the entire story.
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/cu...Cucumber Quest: The Flower KingdomCucumber Quest, Vol. #4By Gigi D.G.ISBN: 9781626728356Author Website: cucumber(.)gigidigi(.)comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroSynopsis: What’s in a name?In order to defeat the Nightmare Knight, legend dictates that the DreamSword must be autographed by seven princesses. But things get a bit complicated when our heroes discover that the Flower Kingdom has no royalty! Luckily, the “king” of fashion, Mr. R is on the hunt http://openbooksociety.com/article/cu...Cucumber Quest: The Flower KingdomCucumber Quest, Vol. #4By Gigi D.G.ISBN: 9781626728356Author Website: cucumber(.)gigidigi(.)comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroSynopsis: What’s in a name?In order to defeat the Nightmare Knight, legend dictates that the DreamSword must be autographed by seven princesses. But things get a bit complicated when our heroes discover that the Flower Kingdom has no royalty! Luckily, the “king” of fashion, Mr. R is on the hunt for the new face of his style empire, and whoever catches his eye will be named… (wait for it…) “Princess R”!Who will claim the coveted title? And why does it feel like we’re forgetting something important…? (Goodreads)Review:Loved the design of this comic! The comic design and characters are really cute. I love the color palette, and although I’m still not sure what the technique or medium of the illustration is, I like that it almost looks like pastel, with watercolor or gouache, it has a nice texture.The story was really fun to follow. Sir Carrot, Nautilus, Cucumber, and Almond get themselves involved in a, sort of, fashion contest. They get separated, reunited, and then find themselves in trouble against Rosemaster. My favorite part was seeing Rosemaster’s story unfold. She goes through different phases and her story becomes really intriguing. I hope we get to see more of her at some point in the future. Then there’s this pretty moment between Sir Carrot and princess Parfait, which has a beautiful illustrated flashback. And finally, there is very interesting scene between Peridot and Sir Nightmare that you can’t miss..Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom is a fun volume for all ages and the artwork is something to appreciate. There are several interesting moments within the story that leave you wanting more and trying to figure out what will happen next. As a comic reader, I recommend Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom!Memorable Quotes:“Cut the monologue!”*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    Our heroes head on to the Flower Kingdom to find the princess so she can sign the sword and they can continue in their quest to defeat the Nightmare Knight. But things in the Flower Kingdom don’t go quite like normal. For one thing, the royal family disappeared ages ago. For another thing, the disaster master in the Flower Kingdom is tired of going by the script. Meanwhile, Peridot is confused about which side she should be on and the Knightmare Knight shares some of his deeper secrets with frie Our heroes head on to the Flower Kingdom to find the princess so she can sign the sword and they can continue in their quest to defeat the Nightmare Knight. But things in the Flower Kingdom don’t go quite like normal. For one thing, the royal family disappeared ages ago. For another thing, the disaster master in the Flower Kingdom is tired of going by the script. Meanwhile, Peridot is confused about which side she should be on and the Knightmare Knight shares some of his deeper secrets with friends he trusts.The plotline in this series veers from the normal in this book to explore some of the deeper motivations and backstory of how the whole quest cycle got started. It definitely adds depth to the overarching story if not being quite as adrenaline-driven as some of the other books. (There’s still some action, but there’s more chunks of dialogue and introspection than normal.) I think this series needs a character guide in the front or back of the book for readers. It is hard to keep ALL of the various side characters (there are over a dozen now) straight from book to book. That will be less of an issue when all the books are out and you can devour them one right after another, but when you have to wait several months between books it is a little challenging. I’m waffling between 3 and 4 stars for this one. I really liked the plot developments (and the scenes with the Knightmare Knight and Peridot were hilarious), but the flow of the book felt a little disjointed. So consider it 3.5. Overall, this series is a good choice for middle graders who like fantasy quests and cutesy graphic novels.Notes on content [Based on ARC]: No language issues. There are a few couples among the characters (both heterosexual and homosexual) but no kissing or anything. There are some fight scenes, but no one gets seriously hurt.I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dakota Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, okay, let's be clear: Cucumber Question is beautiful and amazing and I love it even when it doesn't make sense. And boy, does it not make sense here. Did I completely forget the third volume? We start off in media res (I think) with Princess Nautilus trapped in a garden. The Rosemaster has a lengthy, rambling discussion with the Nightmare Knight. Cucumber and crew discover that the Flower Kingdom lacks a princess. Carrot is redeemed. The Rosemaster has yet another lengthy, rambling discuss Okay, okay, let's be clear: Cucumber Question is beautiful and amazing and I love it even when it doesn't make sense. And boy, does it not make sense here. Did I completely forget the third volume? We start off in media res (I think) with Princess Nautilus trapped in a garden. The Rosemaster has a lengthy, rambling discussion with the Nightmare Knight. Cucumber and crew discover that the Flower Kingdom lacks a princess. Carrot is redeemed. The Rosemaster has yet another lengthy, rambling discussion. I don't know. So much happens but it all feels totally disjointed and not moving the plot forward. I get that things are unraveling for the Nightmare Knight as his cold heart fractures, but I have zero idea what's going on with the Rosemaster or Cucumber and all of his pals. And then, at the end, we're off to the next destination! Whoosh nothing matters!The Flower Kingdom is perhaps the most beautiful volume yet, but it's also somber and strange and really hard to follow. I love it, but I don't get it.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    As this series' stalwart heroes continue on their quest to collect the autographs of seven different princesses, they run into some problems. There are some surprises here as the Nightmare Knight turns out to be more complicated that readers had expected, and the Rosemaster has some more tricks up her sleeve. Carrot is able to draw on his inner strength for some courage, and the team moves on through the Flower Kingdom. Although I'm starting to care more about these characters, I still felt quit As this series' stalwart heroes continue on their quest to collect the autographs of seven different princesses, they run into some problems. There are some surprises here as the Nightmare Knight turns out to be more complicated that readers had expected, and the Rosemaster has some more tricks up her sleeve. Carrot is able to draw on his inner strength for some courage, and the team moves on through the Flower Kingdom. Although I'm starting to care more about these characters, I still felt quite confused as they moved through various scenes. It sometimes seemed as though folks were popping up out of nowhere, and the links between the scenes were confusing to me, perhaps because some of this was a dream world, but it would have been nice to have had some indications of time and travel between the panels. The colors used in this graphic series are lovely, though.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Ooo this one is really full of intrigue! The lines of good and evil might be blurring slightly, there might be more factions than we knew, and the Disaster Masters are not as happy as they may seem! I am thoroughly enjoying this series, though my only complaint would be that it can be hard to tell characters apart and those we haven't seen in a while pop back up but I can't remember what they did before...and this one had quite the cliffhanger ending! Can't wait for the next installment!Also, I Ooo this one is really full of intrigue! The lines of good and evil might be blurring slightly, there might be more factions than we knew, and the Disaster Masters are not as happy as they may seem! I am thoroughly enjoying this series, though my only complaint would be that it can be hard to tell characters apart and those we haven't seen in a while pop back up but I can't remember what they did before...and this one had quite the cliffhanger ending! Can't wait for the next installment!Also, I love the little Q&As with the characters at the end - they are hilarious! (view spoiler)[ Especially Splashmaster pining away at the limbo he'll never do...HAHAHA (hide spoiler)]
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  • Danielle Booey
    January 1, 1970
    Yes! So many different revelations in this volume. Finally, Periodot's feelings for Almond are brought to the foreground, we learn the Nightmare Knight's true motivations, Cucumber and Carrot both come into their own a bit, and we finally get to see Princess Nautilus' Pizza Delivery whenever you don't want a pizza in action.This volume seems a little jumpier than the other three, but that might be a side affect of the creator trying to reveal certain portions of the plot without spoiling others. Yes! So many different revelations in this volume. Finally, Periodot's feelings for Almond are brought to the foreground, we learn the Nightmare Knight's true motivations, Cucumber and Carrot both come into their own a bit, and we finally get to see Princess Nautilus' Pizza Delivery whenever you don't want a pizza in action.This volume seems a little jumpier than the other three, but that might be a side affect of the creator trying to reveal certain portions of the plot without spoiling others.Still highly recommended and I am looking forward to the next bit.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always surprised by this series. The characters are adorable (even the villains) and the plot is always so fast-paced and I'm always on the edge of my seat and can't wait for more. Waiting is the worst part.
  • Amber Lefevre
    January 1, 1970
    How are these books so damn cute?! I love the LGBT+ representation in these graphic novels and they make my heart so happy. I'm not giving a synopsis of this one because i don't think I can say anything without ruining the story, so just go read it, okay?
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series a lot but I felt that this story was a bit disjointed and I got confused a few times. I feel like things abruptly happened or dream sequences popped up without making the start and finish of them very clear. Still, I really enjoyed this volume and look forward to the next.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    It’s cute and funny but the story is very jumpy. Can be hard to follow along sometimes.
  • Isabella
    January 1, 1970
    How dare this book make me love its villains so much. Also, the Sir Carrot arc in this book makes me so happy!
  • Giovanna Forsyth
    January 1, 1970
    always and so incredibly adorably drawn.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This volume was SO GOOD. Absolutely darling, wonderful representation, feels everywhere, and BEAUTIFUL ART. I'm in love.
  • Laur K.
    January 1, 1970
    Rosemaster is the aesthetic™
  • Kristen Thorp
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THIS SERIES!
  • Amanda Williams
    January 1, 1970
    An enchanting little read that will leave you wanting to read it again and again. Brilliant illustrations.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This continues to be adorable—the friendship between Peridot and Nightmare Knight is everything! So excited to have introduced this series to my book club.
  • Emyrose8
    January 1, 1970
    Eh, it felt like the plot jumped around a lot, and it was hard for me to follow. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I read the last one. Note- There are homosexual characters in this one
  • Kirbyfan23
    January 1, 1970
    ohhhh boy did this one bring the feels. LET THEM ALL BE HAPPY! also the art in certain scenes is beautiful.
  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the most romantic of these books, and they are just adorable and hilarious.
  • Mariama
    January 1, 1970
    The plot thickens...
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Nightmare Knight is quickly becoming my favorite character!
  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    Rosemaster is best villain :D Glitchmaster is super intriguing, and some character development is happening! So glad First Second picked up this series :)
  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    A feast for the eyes!
  • Rachael Fryman
    January 1, 1970
    Six word summary: Vivid colors, amazing kingdom, bravery required!Loved: I love that this series makes itself accessible to both male and female readers, especially as that isn't always the case with comics!Recommend for: Fans of grand quests, leveled video games, and first time comic readers.Reminds me of: If Princess Peach made a graphic novel! :)
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