This book ends with a tantalizing hint of what's to come, but getting to that point felt like sl I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first installment. Kondo and Tsutsumi have created this beautiful world that is also filled with darkness. The story, on the bright side, gives excellent examples of beautiful, yet simple friendships, whereas the dark side of it shows us the problem that the society is still carrying - grudges, bullies, prejudices, discriminations, and isolation of an individual. Overall this is a very well done continuation of the Dam Keeper series. I actually read it twice.
Review with pictures and the link to watch the animation here: The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is the second book in a graphic novel series for children, something I wish I had researched before requesting an e-book copy to review from NetGalley. Colorful characters, unexpected detours and strange discoveries lie ahead, which would be fine if the pace and tone weren't so slow a A little too weird and yet simultaneously pedestrian. Artistically speaking, a beautiful and poetic rendering approach with a looseness in the digital brush strokes, the book takes the viewers to a charming brave and trust-worthy world that the characters show through the breathtaking journey. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. It was just more of the same: generic young adventurers meet what are supposed to be colorful characters and hit several detours during a quest to return home. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all? Although, I thought the movie was perfect for my 8-year-old with a great, great lesson on bullying, my husband and I loved it as well. The film is mostly wordless except for a narrator at the beginning.
The story is interesting, although simple. The story is interesting, although simple. Pig, Fox and Hippo are travelling and going through cities just as their own only to notice they have experienced the same fate. Foxy is as joyous as ever, and Pig is starting to discover some things about his father. The main character's father created a dam to hold back the fog and save the town. While the first book felt very dark and ominous, there's more joy in this one. It breaks your heart to see him ridiculed and isolated at school.
Can't wait until the next installment! However, the majority of this book felt like a buddy or roadtrip movie with some interesting twists and turns, some suggestions of secrets, and meeting new characters. I just feel like this graphic novel was missing some pieces that I would have liked to have been filled in. So I started this one in a funk, and not really sure if I was going to like it. The fog is back and our trio has to save Sunrise Valley and everywhere Pi The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness isn't as strong as the first part, but it's still good in its looming darkness. Written by The Dam Keeper is my choice for the best of the animated shorts and I think the quality difference between this and the rest of the films is pretty obvious. These are some of my favorite books.
I love the art, the story, the characters. The Dam Keeper reminds me of classic fairy tales. People are so safe, they no longer worry and forget the danger outside the dam. Seriously, this is probably one of the most lovely graphic novels that I've Check out this and other reviews as well as other neat bookish things on my young adult book blog, First off, let me talk about how visually stunning The Dam Keeper is. Especially in the earlier part of the book, or any scene at night, it was hard to distinguish detail. Of course, I need to continue this and see where it goes, but I hope the story comes back into focus. The illustrations are gorgeous, with muted colors and dark pages that reflect the dire times Pig, Fox and Hippo find themselves living in.
A few other issues: the fog seems to be just natural, and acts in a way that Pig can calculate it's behavior, but then we have some part of the fog showing up as a glowing-eyed monster. . Bring on the next one!!!! Thanks for your order from Goodwill of Greater Washington. It's done effectively and with taste, and may not actually be what we assume. It's with that in mind that I am always on the lookout for new fascinating graphic novels sure to grab my students' attention! Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel by Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.
I wonder if this is simply the set-up for the 3rd book. I love that Tonko House really nailed the artistic and yet married with such charm looking art pieces. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. I don't know how many there will be. I'm looking forward to book two! But the paintings are of a much higher quality and there is an amazing artistry that set this one apart---it just looks great.
If you have young children that are just starting school, consider watching and discussing with them. The short blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi's celebrated painting style to life like never before. However, one night the assault is so rough that the pig and a couple of his friends are carried out of the city and into the mysterious lands abroad. When Pig realizes the pattern of the black fog is changing: Pig, Fox, and Hippo end up on an accidental adventure. If you do read this, I definitely recommend picking up the first one so you are not as confused as I was! And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again. My 11 year old was not a fan, so this may be something adults enjoy more than kids.
I think that at the middle grade or high school level, this would be a fantastic text to discuss the way the story and the art style work in tandem. I guess I shouldn't complain about how the story is broken up since that might not be an artistic decision, but The Dam Keeper strikes me as a series that really needs to be read in one go. Now Pig is the dam keeper. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again. Personally, I think the book fits all kind of audience from kids to adult.