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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Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean is a folklore written for children and young adults. The two set out to kill the monster Huwawa, Guardian of the Cedar Forests. She has written over books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

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School Library Journalstarred review “McCaughrean’s retelling is superb. Or because you can’t grasp hold of it? I felt that some characters needed to be looked at more and the plot was very twisty and that was sometimes hard to follow.

Dec 03, Marsha rated it it was amazing Shelves: But she does a heri job of turning the ancient story into more of a universal tale than I recall in the “original. My kids and I like anything we’ve read by this author.

Her style is full of wonderful imagery, well-worded phrases, and enticing descriptions. This is geraldlne children’s version of the epic tale. Along the way, he will face the only truth about death that still holds today. Golden Hoard series comes to mind. Inshe was chosen to write the official sequel to J. Gilgamesh is one of the world’s oldest stories. Gilgamesh is known to have been a king and god of a city called Uruk in Mesopotamia before Christ was born. This Halloween, I’ll be dressing up as King Gilgamesh — and this is the book that helped me see how an ancient epic can be made relevant to a present-day audience by an outstanding storyteller.


Assyrian clay tablets mccahghrean recorded the legend of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk in Mesopotamia now Iraq sometime between B. Gilgamesh the Hero is about the adventures of Gilgamesh, a king who lived a long time ago in Mesopotamia in the city of Uruk.

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Gilgamesh the Hero

The language was unusual, a writing style difficult to find in a modern-day book. But McCaughrean does cover the essentials of the story–one of the earliest surviving epics–and, thereby, produce a wonderful introduction to ancient literature. 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.

Gilgamesh starts off as being young and foolish but gradually gains wisdom on his travels. Don’t Miss a Thing! May 25, Chris rated it it was ok.

David Parkins’s muscular woodcuts help breathe life into the tale of the passionate god-king who went in search of immortality. I had read Gilgamesh before and knew it would be a bit too much for a younger reader prostitution for exampleand yet I didn’t want to cut and paste the story to make it acceptable for a young reader. To my knowledge, this is one of the oldest stories known to man.

Adults may find this version dry, and if you’re looking for an easy-to read adaptation of the full epic, this is not it, but if you’re looking for a version that is well adapted for an older child to read, this will do nicely.

Is a rainbow beraldine less beautiful because it’s short-lived? Gilgamesh discovers Ecclesiastical wisdom: That’s the shape of happiness. But waiting in the dark is the one enemy they can never overcome.



To my knowledge, this is one of the Inside Cover: GREAT book to read aloud with my kids. The joy of the victory passes quickly because Enkidu is stricken by a fever and dies. Together they can work wonders, fight monsters, brave earthquakes, travel the world!

Jun 13, Reuel rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 03, Kyla rated it liked it. Bright color is spare in its use and so all the more startling when it appears. I found it extremely comforting and somewhat depressing that we, as a species, have changed so little. It seemed to sing through his skull and unstring his spine.

Gilgamesh The Hero

Visit our Enduring Standards page to see some of our gilgameesh best-selling backlist books. Chicago Tribune “The power [McCaughrean] generates here is striking, taking its source in the complexity of character she gives to ancient King Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Aug 27, Izzy rated it liked it Shelves: The original Gilgamesh was full of all those things that make a story about humanity human: She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in This volume will add luster to the author’s glittering reputation.

Geraldinr man is the Wild Man, Enkidu, formed out fhe clay by the goddess of beginnings. The story uses the deed of Gilgamesh to help understand courage and bravery. Overall enjoyable and as a book geared toward kids it had bite sized chapters.