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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Epic, adventurous, romantic, fantastic graphic novel.

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Grand in scope yet emotionally intimate, this book provides a great framework for thinking about our place in the world, the nature of love, the difference between right and wrong, and so much more. As with most great mythology, the stories are satisfying, yet leave a lot to the imagination, thanks to carefully omitted extraneous detail. Kids will root for the story teller, recognize themselves in Kid and Kiddo, and enjoy exploring the vivid details in the richly imagined early Earth history. The book stays with you long after you've finished and is a joy and a pleasure to revisit time and time again.

Isabel Greenberg's refreshing, modern, yet familiar illustration style shows hints of influence ranging from Samurai Jack and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends to Lynda Barry, all of which come together in a unique and captivating way.
The muted pen-and-ink palette is ably punctuated with primary colors that enhance and impact. Greenberg has a keen eye that conveys both the epic and the intimate with charm and wit. The writing underscores, enhances, and sometimes even undercuts the illustration to great effect. It adds a lot of humor, makes the characters relatable, and has a great rhythm and tone for reading aloud.

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