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I Am Pan by Mordicai Gerstein | SLJ Review

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redstarGerstein, Mordicai. I Am Pan. 80p. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781626720350. NF-MHS-GN-GERSTEIN-I Am Pan

Gr 1-4–Pan is a loud, energetic, and mischievous little god. Born to Hermes, he is the apple of his parents’ eye, as well as a joy to all in Olympus…for a while. The other gods begin to tire of his wild antics and silly ways, so they suggest he head off to Arcadia, where there are pigs, goats, hills, streams, waterfalls, bees, beekeepers, fountains, and more to keep him entertained. Pan thinks this is a fabulous idea, and the people are thrilled with his arrival. Pan promises to protect the animals and people of the kingdom but makes one small requirement: that they are quiet when he takes his nap. This delightful retelling of the origins of the Greek god Pan is told in graphic picture book format. The story is very easy to understand and is a terrific introduction into Greek mythology. The text is humorous, fast-paced, and exciting; kids are sure to wish that the story would go on. The illustrations are fun and blend seamlessly with the text, making the story engaging. The format is perfect for packing tons of humor, whimsy, and action on every page. VERDICT An irresistible introduction to the god and to Greek mythology in general.–Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

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  1. Is this a graphic novel adaptation of Gerstein’s 1986 book Tales of Pan?

  2. Pan was a degenerate deity who attempted to fornicate with anything and anyone he came into contact with. What an absolutely offensive character theme for a children’s book. Great job Mordicai. I am sure your handlers are proud.