I'll stop loving this book when pigs fly...oh wait, nevermind. This book about dreaming big, and persistence shows that even when the world says you can't, if you keep trying, not only can you make your dreams come true, you can even change the world. The watercolor illustrations have a whimsy about them that lends itself to imagining that pigs may actually fly, if they dream big enough.— Tildy
Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he?
Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures, but at the end of the day, his favorite thing to do is still to sit and watch for those he loves best: the birds. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.
About the Author
Il Sung Na was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 2001, he moved to London to pursue a BFA in illustration and animation at Kingston University, where he discovered a passion for children's books. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Both whimsical and thought-provoking." -School Library Journal
"What's great isn't just that the pig eventually succeeds... but that his success pushes him to go further and inspires others." --
"The beauty of The Dreamer is that, while its title takes the singular form, the story is about the power of collective dreamers." —Shelf Awareness
"Success requires quiet judgment and hard work. Young aeronauts-and pigs-take note." -Publishers Weekly
"Spare, gentle text, whimsical pictures, and stick-to-it message are sure to engage young readers who've got dreams of their own." -Kirkus Reviews