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Confessions of a Dork Lord, Mike Johnston; illustrated by Marta Altes

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Confessions of a Dork Lord
Title
Confessions of a Dork Lord
Statement of responsibility
Mike Johnston; illustrated by Marta Altes
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Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Wick, a warlock-in-training with allergies, sets out to prove that he is ready for his great and terrible destiny--to fill the shoes of his late father, the Dark Lord
Review
  • In this entertaining yet underwhelming fantasy, a hapless orphan struggles to live up to the legacy set by his impressive but long-vanished father, once Dark Lord of the grim folk, while dealing with bullies and his own magical incompetence. Twelve-year-old Azrael Bal Gorath the Wicked, better known as Wick, is expected to assume his father’s throne and lead the “ogres, orcs, dragons, goblins, witches and warlocks,” but he can’t even succeed in Remedial Spell Casting, let alone garner respect and fear. When his father’s legendary scepter goes missing, Wick sets out to uncover the thief and find it in order to prove himself. Naturally, things go quickly awry, requiring Wick to master his powers once and for all. Presented in a faux-diary style complete with stylized illustrations by Altés that enhance the story’s whimsy, Wick narrates his mishaps in a put-upon, matter-of-fact manner. Johnston exaggerates fantasy tropes for comedic purposes—orcs are disgusting, goblins creatively malicious—and the narrative strikes a balance between dry humor and clumsy earnestness (“It’s hard to be into the whole ‘fire and brimstone’ thing when you’ve got allergies”) that lends the story an uneven feel. Ages 8–12. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/28/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 43, p)
  • The son of a fallen Dark Lord looks for his own place in the world. Azrael Bal Gorath the Wicked—"Wick" to his friends—is the heir to the throne of the grim folk. Wick's father, the Dark Lord, ruled over ogres, orcs, goblins, witches, and warlocks alike until he vanished after fighting the faire folk's champion, Galorian (a "good" wizard). The absent lord left nothing behind for his son, hoping the lack of titles and status would help build Wick's character. Wick (a white preteen with a shock of red hair) spends his days evading bullies and dreaming of having the power to move on past his struggles in Remedial Spell Casting. The novel is a promising if curious blend of Dungeons and Dragons fantasy world and the typical "diary of an underdog middle schooler" fare, but the enterprise never quite gets off the ground. There's a lot of worldbuilding up front, and the day-to-day banality doesn't jibe well with the big-picture conflicts between the faire folk and the grim world. The novel also overstays its welcome, coming in at well over 300 pages of disjointed and poorly structured story. Wick is unpleasant, the world he inhabits is boilerplate fantasy, and his story feels sluggish when it should be brisk and rushed when it should take its time. A miscalculated satiric fantasy that treads too-familiar ground. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10848353
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnston, Michael
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.J647
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Altés, Marta
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True
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  • Warlocks
  • Leadership
  • Orphans
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Confessions of a Dork Lord, Mike Johnston; illustrated by Marta Altes
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Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9781524740818
Lccn
2018059883
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Confessions of a Dork Lord, Mike Johnston; illustrated by Marta Altes
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9781524740818
Lccn
2018059883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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