The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

A Graphic Novel

Book - 2013
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"Chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth's unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316225816
Branch Call Number: 741.5942 Gr
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

Read April 2015:
I actually began reading this because I had just come across a World War I war poem adapted by Greenberg in another graphic novel I am currently reading, Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics. The poem she adapted was Osbert Sitwell’s “Therefore Is the Name of It Called Babel.” She also adapted another poem in the same volume.

I enjoyed the Encyclopedia quite a bit. Not sure why it needed to rip off the Bible so much though. Decent early 21st-century remix of stories.

PimaLib_JonM Apr 11, 2017

This is an odd one. It's like an imagination running wild, a story that at times seems told as it is created, and the art is both simply drawn and at the same time allows for the reader to fill in the blanks. There's an odd protagonist, a hero's journey, and a lot of absurdities along the way, making it a good mythic tale.

It might not be the most important book or one that will change lives, but it's a nice place to spend some hours here and there until it's completed. And it's not a chore or a slog. It's an adventure.

May 29, 2016

This is such a strange book. It's an interlinked set of fanciful stories based on various ancient mythologies, from Greek to Scandinavian to First Nations, wrapped within a story about the journey of a boy to find the missing piece of his soul. It's hilarious and quirky (two gods named Kid and Kiddo, really?!) but without being one note, as Greenberg pulls together so many tales that you think you're going to recognize, then find something fresh.

My guy couldn't read the hand lettering, but if your eyes will work with it, try the first 20-30 pages and see what you think. These days, it's rare that I read a graphic novel which strikes me as completely unique, and this one did.

Sep 01, 2015

An interesting look at a People who lived on Earth before us. The artwork is well done throughout but the stories parallel our Gods, myths and legends.
There's a little bit of The Odyssey and stories from Holy Bible: King James Version. There are wrathful and helpful Gods.
The main story, of a boy & girl who fall in love but can never touch, is lovely. True love never dies and doesn't recognize limitations.
Well told, well drawn, interesting in many ways.

May 13, 2015

I loved this book so much I read it three times! The drawing is kinda rough and it’s not full colour, but when colour is used it really adds to the effect. This is a story about three sisters who find a baby boy. When he becomes a toddler, the sisters go to the medicine man to ask him to split the boy into three people so they can each have a baby of their own. He complies, and splits the boy’s soul into 3 and gives the sisters 3 babies. But the boys can never meet, so the sisters go off on their own ways and plan to meet again when the boys are 13. The meet, and realize they have made a mistake, so ask the medicine man to put him back together. Once whole again, the boy realizes that something is still missing, and goes to see the medicine man who tells him there was a fourth part of his soul that is out there somewhere, and the boy sets off to find it. Meanwhile, the Gods are watching and interfering, the boy finds new lands and his soul and his soul-mate. Full of folklore and fairy-tales, interesting for all ages and genders.

quagga Nov 28, 2014

Fresh, witty and charming mix of mythology and imagination.

May 02, 2014

In The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Isabel Greenberg has crafted an inviting chronicle consisting of the fantastic and the familiar. It's the story of a Nord man discovering his soul mate on the other side of the world, and is also the story of everything that ever came before including the beginning of time itself. Some of the origin stories you'll be accustomed to since many of them mirror what's written in various religious texts. And being able to recognize where humanity's collective stories intersect with Greenberg's imagination assuredly adds to the enjoyment.

forbesrachel Mar 24, 2014

A Nord storyteller lives his story. While seeking the missing part of his soul, he encounters many strange lands. As he shares the details of his travels, stories become wrapped in stories, starting from the one related by his future self. With this method, a variety of unrelated tales are told; his own, and those that he is told, include: variations on the same origin story, as well as cultural and mythical tales. Some are truthful, others misguided, and many have humourous elements. While this work is largely original, the author includes many references to actual mythology (e.g. the cyclops and sirens from the Odyssey), as well as literary devices from epic such as hubris. Like early epics, this too bares the qualities of their engaging oral roots. Lush descriptive words draw us into this world of lessons, and its solemn, thoughtful atmosphere. For this earliest form of art, is an early style of art. Images have a distinctive folk art feel, and colour is used sparingly to reflect on the northern setting. Wide-eyed faces express the idea of the feeling, but not the emotion behind it. Rather than being extraordinary on its own, the art is a supplement to extraordinary writing. The text brims with deep emotions, especially in regards to the theme of "push" and "pull"; the things, whether physical forces, or the feelings we bare for one another, that separate or bind us together.

Graypeters Mar 22, 2014

'The Encyclopedia of Early Earth' is an illustrated celebration of the art of storytelling. There is no doubt you will notice a retelling of a fable, parable, or folktale or two within the book. The book is romantic, magical, and a delight to read.

loveablelibrarian Mar 14, 2014

A really beautiful graphic novel that tells the story of early earth. I was totally taken by the storytelling here both in image and in print. One of NPR's "Best of 2013" books. A true delight!


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