Geraldine McCaughrean retells the oldest recorded story, adapted for children, in Gilgamesh the Hero, illus. by David Parkins. The great king Gilgamesh fights. By Geraldine McCaughrean, Illustrated by David Parkins and contrast the life of Gilgamesh with other legendary larger-than-life heroes, such as Hercules. Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean – book cover, description, publication history.

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The book is very well written and it’s not a bt book so you don’t really get tired of reading it. The illustrations are at times difficult to comprehend what is occurring with the story but still help add to the book.

May 25, Chris rated it it was ok. Nov 21, Andrea rated it mccuaghrean was ok. They’re both excellent translations that are just different enough for interesting comparisons and more discussion on how translation can change the “color” of the story.

I always love McCaughrean YA adaptations of classic works. This retold version of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh the Hero, is a great, broken-down recount of the original, geraodine difficult-to-read versions of The Epic of Gilgamesh. I kept wanting to make myself read it and then dreading it. It reminded me of the Greek myths I’ve read. Peter Pan in Scarlet was published in I don’t think anyone retells the myths as well as Geraldine McCaughrean does these days.

Eventually, he returns to his city, Uruk, a changed, o This tale of a king says a lot about the human psyche and the emotions we grapple with.

Thus, the snake becomes a symbol of rejuvenation and long life.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Parkins’ illustrations throughout add so much I don’t think anyone retells the myths as well as Geraldine McCaughrean does these days. Please call Customer Service at to place your order today.

Enkidu was forced off his feet and struck his head against the parapet. Gilgamesh the Hero is a story about the King of Uruk named Gilgamesh and all the heroic and amazing things he did throughout his lifetime.


Gilgamesh the Hero – Geraldine Mccaughrean, David Parkins : Eerdmans

It is rich in Christian symbolism, especially when he goes on his quest hfro immortality. Eventually, he returns to his city, Uruk, a changed, old man. Man IS to leave his mark in life – to take dominion of creation. Nov 26, Teri rated it it was amazing Shelves: David Parkins’s muscular woodcuts help breathe life into the tale of the passionate god-king who went in search of immortality. Also, the illustrations by David Parkins are unforgettable, their rough, inky intensity reminding me a little of comic book artist Sam Keith one of the co-creators, with Neil Gaiman, of The Sandman.

Therefore it has great historical significance and is a great way to introduce the findings of actual artifacts. Her writing is vivid and captivating, “A single scream of terror hung in the air: No trivia or quizzes yet.

GILGAMESH THE HERO by Geraldine McCaughrean , David Parkins | Kirkus Reviews

Don’t Miss a Thing! Gilgaemsh like Noah, but with pagan distortions added in. After angering the citizens Uruk by overpowering and trying to fully control them, the Gods create and send down a friend for Gilgamesh, named Enkidu, in hopes to teach Gilgamesh a lesson between right and wrong.

Geraldine McCaughrean was born in and brought up in North London. Classic and lyrical, with accurate themes brought forward.

Chicago Tribune “The power [McCaughrean] generates here is striking, taking its source in gi,gamesh complexity of character she gives to ancient King Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Going to save it for the next go-round of history with my year olds, instead of springing it on my year olds.

Going to save it for the next go-round of history with my year olds, instead of springing it on my 8- One of the greatest pagan stories, about what it means to be human.

To enjoy life with its limitations is better than pursuing immortality.

Of course, the gods are never too far away from watching over their son and empower the brave king with magical fighting powers that aid him and Enkidu in defeating Humbaba. The farther he goes from his kingdom, the less of a king he mccaugrean until no one, not even himself, recognizes the man he used to be. I also liked learning about what a town in ancient Mesopotamia would be like. Kirkus Reviews starred review “McCaughrean turns in a robust, exciting rendition of the world’s oldest written epic.


Of course, that means there are fairly explicit passages in the original, so the editor of this version had to do quite a bit of expurgating and “cleaning up” to make this palatable for children.

Gilgamesh The Hero

Gilgamesh the Hero is about the adventures of Gilgamesh, a king who lived a long time ago in Mesopotamia in the city of Uruk. Booklist “McCaughrean employs her supple style in this version of the oldest recorded story in the world.

Full of wonderful and evocative description and emotion it provides a great introduction to this story for young and old. Gilgamesh mdcaughrean Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean is a folklore written for children and young adults. I’m glad that I read this, even more so that I can help with my daughter’s homework.

Well worth reading and pondering thereafter! Jul 19, Steve Hemmeke rated it liked it. My 10 year old really liked it as well, but I think he mostly liked the fighting and brave deeds, although we were able to talk about it and he did recognize much of the symbolism, though he may have missed some of the significance.

Gilgamesh is an epic poem that is considered to be one of the first great works of literature. I’m looking for an adult version of the epic as well. But there are some redemptive themes in there, too.

Parents should read it before just to make sure they’re okay with what was left in.