By Laura Ennis, BK Story Voyager Librarian
The Triumphant Story of an Underdog: OLYMPIG!
By Victoria Jamieson
(For readers Kindergarten–3rd grade)
Victoria Jamieson is known for her graphic novels “Roller Girl” and “All’s Faire in Middle School.” In “Olympig” she employs a graphic novel style à la speech bubbles and vivid illustrations to tell the story of Boomer, the first pig to enter the Animal Olympics. Boomer has his heart set on winning the games, but not many believe he can do it, even his fellow pigs. Will he rise above those who shake his confidence? Readers will discover what lesson he learns as the story unfolds!
“Olympig” is a comical joy! It frees kids to root for the underdog and witness the trials that Boomer goes through in competition. Jamieson’s illustrations bring the Animal Olympics to life through exuberant images and giggle inducing speech bubble dialogue. The Animal Olympics provides a winsome parallel to the real Olympic Games, as each host country picks an animal mascot to represent their country. Pyeongchang’s mascot is Soohorang, a white tiger.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea begin on February 9th. “Olympig” is a great read to interest your younger elementary child to tune in to games.
For your middle readers, Victoria Jamieson’s graphic novels are also widely popular!