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Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
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May 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: death-and-dying, graphic-novels, historical-fiction, relationships, family, war, survival
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This GN follows four lions who are freed from their captivity when the U.S. bombing of Iraq destroys the Baghdad Zoo. Animals of all types escape, and the lions tentatively explore the world outside the zoo walls. They meet other animals, including a tortoise who has seen previous air raids and wars, and a captive bear in the royal palace. The message in this novel is presented a little too heavy-handed for me, but the artwork is incredible. Overall, the story could have benefited from some more development and focus (a couple of pages devoted to lion rape? really?), but the four lions do have distinct personality traits, even if they do spend too much time philosophizing about their situation. But the images in the book lift this one up to a higher rating.

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