God and His Creations: Tales from the Old Testament

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Behold! Marcia Williams retells the exciting adventures of Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David and Goliath, and many more Old Testament characters in her compelling comic-strip style.

In the beginning there was only God . . . and then He started creating! The last and most troublesome of all God’s creations were men and women — and, as these wondrous tales reveal, God was forever having to give them a helping hand. Only the inimitable Marcia Williams, with her energetic narratives,...

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Overview

Behold! Marcia Williams retells the exciting adventures of Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David and Goliath, and many more Old Testament characters in her compelling comic-strip style.

In the beginning there was only God . . . and then He started creating! The last and most troublesome of all God’s creations were men and women — and, as these wondrous tales reveal, God was forever having to give them a helping hand. Only the inimitable Marcia Williams, with her energetic narratives, voluminous illustrations, and gently humorous details, could make these Old Testament tales so vibrantly accessible to young readers. Certain to spark new interest in the original stories, GOD AND HIS CREATIONS is a heavenly creation indeed.

Retells eleven Old Testament stories in comic book format.

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Publishers Weekly
Bringing her trademark comic-book style to the Bible, Williams (Joseph and His Magnificent Coat of Many Colors) may once again have readers smiling at the Old Testament. Here she offers taut and trenchant renditions of Creation, the Fall, Moses, Daniel and the lions' den, and seven other favorite scriptures. As the stories unfold in panels, angels look on from the margins ("He's beat," says one, grinning indulgently as roly-poly, white-bearded God stretches out to snooze on a cloud on the seventh day of creation), where the serpent joins them after he is chased from Eden (he cheers on the wicked). One fine instance of Williams's comedy can be found in the tidy, 40-panel page she creates as part of the Noah's Ark story: readers see the Ark tossed upon the waters, hearing only the animals' complaints from panel to panel about the endless diet of hay ("wet hay," "dry hay," "leftover hay," etc.). Williams works in graver issues, too. When Abraham leads Isaac to be sacrificed, one of the observing angels says, "I blame Adam and Eve," and another replies, "I blame the serpent." While she shows God righteously angry (causing the Flood, enraged at Jonah), essentially her God is not only lovable but adorable, his pockets stuffed with stars and small friendly creatures. The wit, the snappy pace and wry details should easily engage the target audience. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Williams has chosen her favorite Old Testament stories to retell in her inimitable verbal and visual style, with God's words directly from the New International Version of the Bible, and the rest her own, "inspired by reading that version." The tales she has chosen are: Creation, the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, Abraham and Isaac, Joseph and his Fabulous Robe, Moses, the Battle of Jericho, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion's Den and Jonah and the Great Fish. Right from the jacket illustration it is easy to see that Williams interprets the stories with considerable humor. Her small, cartoon-like figures are housed in mainly small boxes which, in turn, are contained in decorated borders. Captions and speech balloons without borders tell the stories, but the animation is delivered by the naturalistic ink and watercolor drawings in comic book format. A running commentary on the action is provided by a cast of angels who fly from the end-papers and around the borders. Those who consider the Bible a sacred text may be offended by this light-hearted treatment, but it should have appeal for young readers. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-Williams presents 11 Bible stories in an engaging comic-strip format. Her now-familiar approach, applied to tales as diverse as Robin Hood, Greek myths, King Arthur, and the works of Shakespeare, places the main characters and their deeds within sequential frames of varying sizes. Done in watercolor and ink, the illustrations are colorful and filled with humorous touches. There are several pages per story; the book begins with "God's Creations" and "The Garden of Eden" and concludes with "Daniel in the Lions' Den" and "Jonah and the Great Fish." Angels and the serpent comment on the action from the borders. An introductory note points out that God's script comes directly from the New International Version of the Bible and that the rest of the text is invented, but inspired by that translation. Traditional bones of contention, such as nudity and Eve's role in The Fall, are sensitively handled. Humorous, succinct, and rooted in traditional elements, this offering is sure to be popular where Bible stories are in demand.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Williams applies her trademark cartoony style to 11 tales from the Old Testament, rendered in two- or four-page spreads. The illustrations are characteristically busy, tiny panels sharing space with larger tableaux, all surrounded by a Greek chorus of angels (with a lumpy-headed serpent who twines itself around the frame and provides the antiphon). The effect can be hilarious: 40 itty-bitty panels depict Noah's Ark bobbing on the waves (and receiving an occasional assist from God), while dialogue from within reveals its passengers' increasing distaste for their hay rations ("Yuck!"). God Himself is depicted as a bald, jolly-looking olive-skinned gentleman with a beard, and while the other characters' dialogue is colloquial and even at times irreverent, His dialogue is quoted from the New International Version of the Bible. No collection of stories can convey the grand narrative sweep of the Old Testament, and this is no exception. As an unusual and very funny interpretation of some of the key stories in the Western tradition, this offering works beautifully; as an entree to the Bible itself, it is less successful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622114
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 12.75 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Williams has retold many classics for children, including CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS; TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE; GREEK MYTHS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN; THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY; and BRAVO, MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE! Of this book, she says, "Working on the Old Testament has been a joy. The tales are so rich, it is always possible to find something new within them. Yet, at the same time, they have all the comfort of the familiar." She lives in London.
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