Graphic Novel Review: Pigs Might Fly

Pigs Might Fly by Nick Abadzis

Pigs Might Fly
by Nick AbadzisJerel Dye (Illustrations)
4 out of 5 stars

Lily is the daughter of a famous inventor in the Pigdom Plains. She dreams of inventing her own flying machine, succeeding where her father could not. Although she has access to magic, Lily wants to use science to create an engine that will stay aloft on its own power. When a mysterious squadron of attack flyers begin to harass the countryside, Lily scrambles to finish the prototype of her airplane and she takes to the skies to protect her neighbors. But if her father finds out what she has done, Lily will be in big trouble.

I loved this graphic novel! Lily is such a spunky main character. She is so intelligent and brave. I was cheering for her through the entire book! I loved seeing how she interacts with her father, her aunt, and her young cousin. That family dynamic was very dramatic, as they sometimes fight or disagree, but always protect each other. Each of these characters have strong personalities and are very intelligent and independent, so that makes for some great character development.

I really appreciated the depth of the world-building for this pig country. There’s history, religion, behavior norms, music, cuisine, politics, and all the elements for a vibrant culture unique to the pigs. And as if that wasn’t enough, then we get a glimpse of the religion and history and politics of the boars and warthogs outside of pigland in their own separate culture! And all this information is seamlessly woven into the story, making it an exciting and rich experience.

The artwork is vibrantly colored throughout the entire book. I really loved the art style and the character designs. The panels are easy to follow, and make the action clear.

Loved everything about this book!

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