Review: The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I requested this via ILL based on the title alone. It’s not an encyclopedia, and it’s not about our Earth but, rather, an earlier, smaller version of our planet, which was once watched over by Kiddo (Earth’s creator), and her brother and father (the wrathful god Bird Man). In it, a boy whose soul was separated into many pieces boats around the entire world looking to reunite himself. He encounters new cultures, power-mad kings, wily old ladies, giants, grand cities, war-loving neighbors, and is accompanied by a faithful canine. Along the way, he picks up stories. And he tells stories. And Greenberg makes fantastic little illustrations to go along with the stories. And there is true love. And it all weaves together until you can’t remember what time it was when you picked this up, but you’re not putting it down yet. True, some of the stories are bible re-tellings, or from Greek mythology, or Scheherazade. But they flow and move from one to the next and the reader is transported.

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