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Beschreibung des Verlags
At birth, Hermes, son of Zeus and the Nymph Maia, says his first word: "Gimme!" In this brilliant, hilarious graphic novel about the mischievous, fun-loving messenger of the gods, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein, transports classical mythology to the 21st century.
"The world!" the newly born Hermes says. "It's even better than I expected! I love it! I want it all!"
This book is filled with joy, exuberance, and humor. On his first day of life, Hermes manages to trick a turtle into surrendering its shell and a ram into surrendering its horns, thereby inventing the lyre, music, and song! He also manages to steal his brother Apollo's precious cows, but later redeems himself by outwitting the giant brothers Otus and Ephialtes, who have kidnapped Mars.
These adventures and more, all derived from classical mythology, are told with great humor as well as a twenty-first century sensibility by the colossally talented Mordicai Gerstein.
The art in this graphic novel is truly spectacular, with 250 illustrations, executed by a master artist and filled with unique humor.
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
The versatile Gerstein (I Am Pan!) uses comic-style panel artwork to tell the life of the Greek messenger god Hermes. Golden Hermes is born with a head of curly hair and the cupidity of a newly minted movie star: "The world!... I love it! I want it all!" Apollo, his older brother, shows Hermes his herd of crumple-horned cows, and the prodigy is seized with envy. Switching their hooves back to front and luring them away is good fun until he's found out. "Were they meowing, led by a diapered infant with wings on his hat?" an old man replies when Apollo questions him. In later chapters, Hermes grows up (at the order of his father, Zeus, and in the space of a single page), marries and becomes a father, intervenes in the Olympian deities' love lives, and guides Aesop's storytelling career. The sequential artwork sparkles with energy and color, and Gerstein excels at capturing the expressions of the gods, from the grouchy Zeus to the odd, misshapen, many-eyed servant god Argus. In this raucous graphic novel fun fest, any educational value is purely coincidental. Ages 8 12.