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Gaia: Goddess of Earth

Written by Imogen Greenberg

Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg

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Early Greek myths and a call to change the world

May 2022 Non-Fiction Book of the Month

Ending with a call to readers to change the world, this handsomely illustrated book tells the story of the first Greek gods. We see it all from the viewpoint of Gaia, the goddess who created the world as a beautiful, peaceful place only to watch in anguish as her husband and then her children squabble, fight and even infect the mortals with their greed and jealousy. The stories are full of drama - Cronos swallowing his children, the gods of Olympus battling giants - and the book also describes the creation of the Furies and the Fates, giving us a different view of them.

Told via a striking graphic novel format, it’s a visual treat while the direct, straight to reader text is very engaging. Much more than an introduction to early Greek myths, it will make readers see the world and their role in it differently.

Andrea Reece

Gaia: Goddess of Earth Synopsis

Imagine you made something that was so beautiful and powerful that everyone wanted to take it for themselves. And then you had to watch them destroy it. Would you fight for it?

Meet Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess who created the Earth and the universe that stretched beyond it. She raised trees from their roots to the sky, sent waterfalls tumbling over cliffs and created the tides that sloshed on the shore. She gifted her creation to animals and mortals, and watched as they made it their home. But she also created a force she couldn't control: the ambition of gods. Gaia watched as the gods fought brutal wars and manipulated mortals such as Hercules and Achilles, disturbing peace on Earth. Storms raged, fires blazed and people, animals and plants suffered. Gaia begged the gods to look after her creation, but no one listened. But Gaia never gave up fighting for a better world.

This is her story. Written and illustrated by two remarkable sisters, Imogen and Isabel Greenberg, this story is an exciting and action-packed adventure, with a poignant environmental message at the heart of it: the pursuit of power damages our natural world, and we all have to work together to protect it.

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ISBN: 9781526625700
Publication date: 14/04/2022
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526625700
Publication date: 14th April 2022
Author: Imogen Greenberg
Illustrator: Isabel Greenberg
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Gift Books, Graphic Novels & Comics, Mysterys / Mythology, People / Places, The Natural World
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Imogen Greenberg

Isabel Greenberg is an award-winning London based illustrator, comic artist and writer. She has had two graphic novels published The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Best Book Award at the 2013/14 British Comic Awards) and The One Hundred Nights of Hero, and illustrated Bloomsbury's retelling of The Story of Tutankhamun. Isabel has worked with The Guardian, Nobrow Press, The National Trust and the New York Times. In 2011 she won The Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize. Imogen Greenberg is a London-based writer. She has four children's books published in collaboration with award-winning illustrator Isabel Greenberg. Imogen and Isabel Greenberg collaborated to ...

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