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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Deputy Dorkface: How Trutherton Got Its Honesty Back by Kevin D. Janison is an endearing and funny story for children revolving around the theme of honesty. The Student Council Candidates make promises to the students during the campaign and they find it difficult to stick to what they have promised. The Trutherton Outlandish Lie Detector goes off at regular intervals. Deputy Dorkface steps in when the teachers start lying and two kids become dishonest with their parents. Now what follows is a series of hilarious and naughty incidents. Will Deputy Dorkface be able to set the children of Trutherton and Honest Abe Elementary back on the right track?
The story is hilarious and the illustrations add to the humor quotient wonderfully. The scenes and the colorful illustrations complement each other beautifully and they make the story a laughter riot. Apart from the humorous way of narrating, the message of being honest is conveyed beautifully to children. The dishonest kids, Lane and Anne, keep the story going with all the confusion and lies.
'You must tell the truth. You must tell the whole truth. You must tell nothing but the truth.' This conveys the theme of the book to readers. The theme of being honest is put down in a lighthearted way with fictional characters and fictitious places. The comical illustrations form the strong point of the book because the message is conveyed effectively and effortlessly. It is an excellent book that can be used by teachers and parents for read-aloud sessions.