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Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling Paperback – March 8, 2016
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Gr 6 Up—Delilah Dirk has a chip on her shoulder. Of late, she lashes out at anyone who wounds her pride or name, even when the danger is great. As in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second, 2012), her faithful friend Selim acts as the voice of reason, but stopping a resolute Delilah proves to be nearly impossible. So when a traitorous British soldier threatens her good reputation, she pursues him, bent on his downfall. England does not welcome her back, and with redcoats chasing her, she reluctantly takes refuge with her privileged family. This position gives her an advantage, but her headstrong attitude jeopardizes all: her chance at success, survival, and her bonds. Frustration and tension have a bigger presence than humor in this volume, but we get more character and relationship development because of this. Colors are key to setting the tone; when this duo arrive in England, the hues take on an overcast brown to match how stifled Delilah feels. Fortunately, heart-pounding action sequences chase such clouds away every time. VERDICT Another whirlwind adventure that builds upon Cliff's unifying factor—true friendship.—Rachel Forbes, formerly of Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
"A story jam-packed with action and spectacle, but at its heart is a story of friendship and trust. A fantastic addition to a stellar series!" ―Noelle Stevenson, author of Nimona
"Gorgeous." ―Emily Carroll, author of Through the Woods
"With perfect comic timing and a hefty dose of charm thrown in with the adventure, Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling is absolutely thrilling!" ―Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant
"One of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever seen. Cheers to the swashbuckling adventures of Delilah and Selim!" ―Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series
"Move over, Indiana Jones. . . . with gorgeous illustrations and clever writing, Cliff seamlessly blends action and comedy into a charming tale that is so much fun you'll wish you brought popcorn." ―Entertainment Weekly
"The character development adds welcome depth to an already absorbing adventure. Irresistible and exhilarating." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Another whirlwind adventure that builds upon Cliff’s unifying factor―true friendship." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"It's the dynamic between Delilah and Selim, a headstrong woman and pliant man who remain platonic companions, that gives the book its compelling emotional center." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Cliff’s artwork and storytelling skill make this graphic novel a fine purchase for those looking to expand their graphic novel collection beyond capes and manga." ―Voya Magazine, starred review
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Once again, Cliff has written and illustrated an action-packed story with surprising depth to it. While the focus of the story is on Delilah Dirk's attempts to salvage her reputation, there are also glimpses of other themes as well. Delilah almost loses her most valuable friendship just to maintain her secret identity and yet maintain the reputation of her secret identity. What is most important? And the army officer that Delilah takes on allows his greed for power to overcome any other loyalties, even to his own father. The illustrations are attractive and appealing (although I still wonder why Delilah's adventuring outfit needs to have a whole right over the chest, if it wasn't for that I would put the books in my library). The historical touches help the book seem more grounded, although the flying boat throws in some fantasy. And like many graphic novels, the fighting and such really isn't so realistic (which is of course true for most action movies as well, so no real surprise there). Highly appealing, and action-packed, Delilah Dirk is hard to put down.
The first book makes Delilah sound invincible. This third story shows flaws, weaknesses and struggles. On one hand, I'd have loved her to continue to be invincible, and grounded by Mr Selim. But it was really good to see her as a real person - prone to the frustrations, setbacks and petty nittiness of daily life. (Watching Delilah be frustratred is quite entertaining.)
The bad guy is pretty lame. It's hard to believe he was able to get away with any of it. And Delilah's mom is so different than she was described in the first book. (Or is she really?)
I want More Delilah (and More Selim) (And MUCH more tea!)
What I Enjoyed
- Delilah Dirk and Selim are back in a brand new adventure!
- 100 more pages than the original
- Delilah Dirk's back story is revealed
- New pencil-like inking that is gorgeous
- Selim makes more tea!
- Not as funny as the original
- A beautiful sequel that I recommend all fans to purchase!