I suppose this should also be classed as a book review, but I love it so much that I’m pretty sure I can’t be constructively critical!
Enter Isabel Greenberg’s The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – the first graphic novel from the London-based illustrator.
I was hooked by simple reading the back cover: ‘[This] is an epic work of fiction, detailing the many tales and adventures of one lonely storyteller, on a quest for Enlightenment and True Love. This book contains the many stories, big and small, about and pertaining to the following things: Gods, monsters, mad kings, wise old crones, shamans, medicine men, brothers and sisters, strife, mystery, bad science, worse geography, and did we already mention, true love?’
I mean, come on! Who wouldn’t be intrigued by that?
It also passes one very important test – it smells suitably book-y. (I’ve got a real thing for the smell of books.)
Don’t be put off by the graphic novel tag. Not only is the illustration beautiful, Isabel also weaves an endearing and compelling story, in addition to a section of amusing appendices. It’s the story of two people coming together against the odds; it’s the story of different cultures colliding; and it’s simply a ripping good yarn. Buy it!