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I Am Hermes!: Mischief-Making Messenger of the Gods Hardcover – April 16, 2019

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Gr 2-4-This hilarious graphic novel, a follow-up to I Am Pan!, follows the Greek messenger god from birth to modern times. Vignettes feature Hermes alongside Zeus, Apollo, Pan, Iynx, and Aesop, and other characters. As the book opens, Hermes is born to Zeus and Maia. The young god is colored completely golden, including his diaper, except for his blue eyes. The first word out of his mouth is "Gimme!" Hermes wants the world and everything in it. He tricks a turtle out of its shell and a ram out of its horns. Putting the two together, he invents the lyre, the first instrument, and sings the first song. He then lures his big brother Apollo's precious cows away. After being reprimanded by Zeus, Hermes is forced to grow up, literally, and become a man. Over time he starts a family, and when everyone else retires, he adapts his skills as a messenger for the digital age, delivering emails, photos, and more around the world. With distinct art and side-splitting dialogue, Gerstein's Greek mythology adaptation is unique and appealing. An author's note and bibliography are included. VERDICT A stellar addition for most collections, especially where I Am Pan! circulates well.-Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


★ "Oh, that Hermes: We always knew he was mischievous. . . . A ticklishly madcap quality is I Am Hermes!'s calling card . . . This winning comics-style look at Hermes, messenger of the gods, capitalizes on the humorous aspect of his troublemaking."—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

★ "These are bright,noisy, fast-moving stories, and here (as elsewhere) Gerstein proves himself a genius of the comics form, especially of the speech balloon, as he creates layered conversations, rich with interior monologue, gossip, and prevarication."The Horn Book, Starred Review
★ "With distinct art and side-splitting dialogue, Gerstein’s Greek mythology adaptation is unique and appealing. . . . A stellar addition for most collections"—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Bursting with self-confidence, golden from helmet to winged sandals, and, on the cover at least, sprayed with sparkles, Hermes literally outshines a multihued, caricatured supporting cast of gods, demigods, mortals, and monsters parading through the loosely drawn sequential panels. . . .  A highflying mythological memoir alight with joie de vivre."—Kirkus Reviews

"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."—Publishers Weekly

"Gerstein infuses these stories with ample humor, largely fueled by Hermes’ outsized ego and a permissive attitude about his mischievousness. Sketchy, colorful, naive-style illustrations play up the humor with exaggerated facial expressions and slapstick antics go with cartoonish dialogue, which are all right at home in the large format comics panel layouts."Booklist

"Vivid line and watercolor cartooning, chapter breaks, and a thoughtful balance between narration boxes and speech bubbles make this an easy sell for kids getting up to speed on longer comic books."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product details

  • Grade Level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Hardcover : 72 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0823439429
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0823439423
  • Product Dimensions : 8.77 x 0.42 x 10.86 inches
  • Publisher : Holiday House (April 16, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 10 ratings