Yu the Great: Conquering the Flood: A Chinese Legendby Paul D. Storrie, Sandy Carruthers
The Great Emperor Shun has called Yu before the Dragon Throne. All of China is beset by terrible floods. Homes, farms, and villages are being washed away, and Shun believes Yu is the only one to save the land and the people. Yu vows to end the floods, but first he must face the angry Yellow Emperor, the ruler of the gods-and Yu's own grandfather. Will the YelloW Emperor help Yu or set a trap for him? And How will Yu ever stop the floods?
Gr 1-3 - The first book is a retelling of the story of Hades's kidnapping of Persephone into the Underworld and Demeter's plea to the Olympians to bring her back. It's written at a very introductory level, and the creators try a little too hard to allude to other myths and bring additional Olympians into the text, which makes the otherwise dynamic narrative somewhat stilted. The artwork is excellent throughout, and the glossary will aid readers with unfamiliar words. The second book introduces elements of Chinese mythology. The introduction clarifies that while Yu was real, the story is legendary. Unfortunately, the art doesn't match the flow of the narrative, and often the characters look more European or Native American than Chinese. These titles will do well in libraries where comics or mythology books circulate, and especially where the "Jr. Graphic Mythologies" series (Rosen) is popular.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CTCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
Paul D. Storrie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has written comics for Caliber Comics, Moonstone Books, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics. For Graphic Universe, he has written Hercules: The Twelve Labors, Robin Hood: Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Yu the Great, Amaterasu: Return of the Sun, Beowulf: Monster Slayer, Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa's Head, Yu the Great: Conquering the Flood, Terror in Ghost Mansion, and Nightmare on Zombie Island.
Sandy Carruthers's published comics include The Men in Black, Invaders from Mars, Alien Nation, and Captain Canuck. He lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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