The Dam Keeper
The Dam Keeper is the beginning of what will be an awesome graphic saga. Pig protects Sunrise Valley from a dark, evil fog by winding a windmill every eight hours to blow it away. The pig is lonely because his mom died when the fog came into the Valley and his dad then went out in the fog and disappeared. Now Pig has to work the mill all by himself and nurture the plant his father gave him. While visiting Pig at the dam, his friend, Fox, and a Hippo are blown into the fog, and the three of them have to find their way home.
The illustrations are very dark, and there is a picture of Pig’s dad as a skeleton that is super creepy, but the animal characters are cute. There is little detail, but you can understand how they feel along with the simple dialogue.
It’s a unique plot, and when they meet a frog and see another village with windmills in fog-land, it makes you wonder what will happen next. Pig has a stressful job protecting the city from the sad, scary fog, and I’m glad he has at least one friend in Fox and maybe another in Hippo. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi