In this richly illustrated picture book for middle-graders, the Greek gods and goddesses are served up to kidsa la comic book superheroes. In a perfect fit of topic and art style, and a seamless blend of ancient and contemporary sensibilities, the key characteristics of each of twelve major gods/goddesses of Greek myth are delivered via Charles Smith's accessible, stylish poems, while P. Craig Russell's vividly-colored comic-art-inspired graphic portraits draw the reader in.
This innovative introduction to the classics boldly sets itself apart from the typically bland stand-bys. Teachers and parents often clamor for anything that makes such topics--as well as poetry itself--more accessible to students, and THE MIGHTY TWELVE is just what they're looking for!
"Reluctant readers and comic book fans alike will enjoy the superhero personas along with the bold graphics and comic book style text...will surely be popular with young readers."
—Library Media Connection
"The poems are accessible and might encourage readers to dig more deeply into mythology."
Charles R. Smith, Jr. is the acclaimed creator of over 17 children's books for children. Some of his titles include the Baby Love series, I am America and Hoop Kings. He has been praised for both his stunning photography and his energetic poetry that appeals to kids. Charles maintains a Web site at www.charlesrsmithjr.com.
P. Craig Russell is a highly acclaimed comic and graphic novel artist. He has worked on many series with D.C. Comics, an illustrated series of the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde, and has collaborated with Neil Gaiman on several books, including The Sandman, Endless Nights, and a graphic novel version of Coraline, which is due out next year.