Sky Pig by Jan L. CoatesSky Pig by Jan L. Coates

Sky Pig

byJan L. CoatesBy (artist)Suzanne Del Rizzo

Hardcover | April 1, 2016

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First Jack and Ollie try the leafy branches. Then a giant kite. Idea after idea, invention after invention, boy and pig drag them all to the top of the highest hill. Then Ollie runs as hard as ever a pig could run, until his trotters lift from the ground and—Crash!In Sky Pig, Jan Coates weaves a story of sweetness and whimsy, ingenuity and empathy. Plasticine artist Suzanne Del Rizzo brings dimension and energy to the tale of a pig who wants—against all popular truisms—to fly. He may never reach the sky on homemade clockwork wings, but Ollie still dreams as hard as ever a pig can dream. And Jack, a true friend, realizes that just because a pig can’t fly in the ways they have tried doesn’t mean he can never soar. An uplifting picture book for anyone who has tried and tried again.
With her novels for young people, Jan L. Coates has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and earned a USBBY Outstanding International Book selection. In 2015 she published her first picture book, The King of Keji. Her second picture book is Sky Pig. Jan lives, writes, and teaches in...
Title:Sky PigFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.8 × 10.84 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:Pajama Press Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927485983

ISBN - 13:9781927485989


Rated 5 out of 5 by from a sweet story of friendship and determination SkyPig by Jan L. Coates is a sweet story about friendship and determination. Ollie, a little pig, wanted so very much to fly. He watched birds, and airplanes, and bugs, and things being blown in the wind, and he wanted to fly more than anything. His friend Jack, being an inventive boy, did all he could to try to help him attain his dream - even though everybody knows pigs can't fly. To launch Ollie airborne they collected leafy branches and fastened them onto his back. They climbed all the way to the top of a very high hill, and Ollie did his very best to fly. Just when he was thinking, "I'm flying! I'm flying, I'm ..." Crash! he came down hard, and sadly limped home. Since that unsuccessful attempt didn't dampen Ollie's determination, Jack helped him construct a kite (fail), then wings with feathers and things (fail), and more inventions to try to make Ollie fly. Nothing worked, and nothing made Ollie smile, until one day they discovered something wondrous. Illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo created amazing illustrations for Sky Pig. To quote: "The illustrations were rendered with plasticine, polymer clay, paper collage, milkweed fluff, watch gears, and other doodads." Take a close look at the cover illustration to see many of those doodads. Sky Pig was a selection for the 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens, won the 2017 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for excellence in illustration, and was a finalist for the 2017 Shining Willow Award. Sky Pig by Jan L. Coates is an inspiring story written with repetition of some phrases and humour children will love. Her word choices are delightful. Suzanne Del Rizzo's illustrations are gorgeous and complement the story perfectly. When you get to read this book, watch for two little friends who appear in almost every picture with Ollie and Jack, adding a smile for the reader.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun story spun from the idiom "When pigs can fly" I thought Sky Pig was an exceptional picture book. It shattered my expectations, it mesmerized me with it's artwork, and the relationship between Ollie and Jack reminded me of that between Pooh and Christopher Robin. Ollie the Pig wants to fly. Like any pet owner, Jack understands Ollie even without a shared language between them. Jack helps Ollie to create wings from branches, and just when Ollie thinks he's flying he comes crashing down to the ground. Together they invent several flying devices, and every time they try something new they learn from their past mistakes and employ more modern technology into their attempts. Will one of those attempts help Ollie achieve his dream of flying? Coates' writing is clear and fun. Whether or not she intended to draw inspiration from Winnie the Pooh, she has managed to create a story about a boy and his best, non-human friend that is original and current. The artwork by Suzanne Del Rizzo is absolutely brilliant. This book is colourful, fun, detailed, and textured. Sky Pig can be read over and over again, and each time a new detail will catch your eye as you flip through, keeping the experience fresh and exciting. This picture book is suitable for many children. Toddlers will love the expressive faces of the clay characters, the bright colours, and the sillyness of the messes Ollie gets into. And children old enough to know the expression "when pigs fly" will also enjoy this book because the plot brings the expression to life and they may be familiar with some of the technology that Jack and Ollie use to try flying. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Plasticine Pig Takes Flight! Jan L. Coates has written a touching story of friendship, empathy and persistance. Suzanne Del Rizzo's fresh technique with this unforgiving medium is remarkable. The elements of paper collage, fabric, metal and other bits result in the most original approach to plasticine illustration I have seen. Rizzo's illustrations convey movement, whimsy and Ollie the pig truly takes flight!
Date published: 2017-01-31

Editorial Reviews

[The illustrations are] creative and fun and children will be able to recognize milkweed fluff and watch gears in the pictures. This is a great story of never giving up and one of friendship. - Youth Services Book Review - 20170225