DALEN & GOLE:  SCANDAL IN PORT ANGUS by Mike Deas

DALEN & GOLE: SCANDAL IN PORT ANGUS

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Age Range: 8 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A crisp, clear comic romp about two alien friends who uncover a gently sinister scheme that could destroy both their home planet and a small fishing town on Earth.

Stylistically reminiscent of Jar Jar Binks (though highly likable instead of annoying), Dalen and Gole are two extraterrestrial best friends who live for jet racing on their home planet Budap. When they lose a race to the obviously shifty Tunax (who wins a race with the assistance of a mysterious cloud of purple smoke), Dalen—the less cynical of the duo as well as the better loser—offers him both congratulations and an assist in putting his jet racer away. While doing so, Dalen and Gole accidentally discover a tunnel that transports the pair to Earth’s Port Angus, a small fishing village on the brink of ruin, as all of the fish have been disappearing. Upon further investigation, they learn that both the mysterious purple smoke and the missing fish share a “fishy” connection, and the twin fates of Budap and Port Angus lie in their hands. Deas’ art has a clarion brightness and is tidily paneled across the page. Driven mainly by cartoon action, the character development is lacking, and a truly likable character—Rachel, the Earth-girl who befriends Dalen and Gole—is left somewhat shapeless and one-dimensional.

Squeaky-clean, good fun, even if a little underdeveloped. (Graphic science fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55469-800-4
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2011




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