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In this second volume in the Gilgamesh trilogy, Enkidu joins Gilgamesh in the quest to slay Humbaba, the monster who has attacked the city and caused great destruction, including the death of the beautiful singer, Shamat. Gilgamesh and Enkidu successfully slay the monster and in so doing, Gilgamesh attracts the attention of the goddess Ishtar. In rejecting her advances, heIn this second volume in the Gilgamesh trilogy, Enkidu joins Gilgamesh in the quest to slay Humbaba, the monster who has attacked the city and caused great destruction, including the death of the beautiful singer, Shamat. Gilgamesh and Enkidu successfully slay the monster and in so doing, Gilgamesh attracts the attention of the goddess Ishtar. In rejecting her advances, he incurs her revenge and an attack by the Bull of Heaven. Enkidu manages to kill the bull, but is slain by Ishtar, striking at the bond between the two friends. Shattered, Gilgamesh vows he will destroy the last monster: death....

Title : The Revenge of Ishtar
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ISBN : 9780887764363
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 24 Pages
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The Revenge of Ishtar Reviews

  • Teri
    2019-02-12 10:42

    My girls all really like the stories of Gilgamesh and Enkido--surprisingly. This is the second in a series of 3 picture books. I like them because of the historical aspect--these stories are some of the very first stories ever recorded, from Mesopotamia.

  • Seth Holler
    2019-02-01 17:00


  • Ebookwormy1
    2019-01-23 10:07

    I continue to think how valuable these books are for boys in particular. The relationships with the lovely Shamhat and the evil Ishtar illuminate challenges that men the world over face in relationship to women!Another thrill was that we are making a Royal Game of Ur board game for homeschool. The endnotes of this book contain patterns taken from the ancient game, and Enkidu and Gilgamesh are playing the game (also known as 20 squares) in the opening scene! So exciting! We were also thrilled to see the Ishtar Gate later in the book, though readers should be aware this gate was built in Babylon, not Uruk in which this book is set.So many wonderful conversations developed from reading and discussing this book multiple times. Concepts children will need help clarifying:God or Enkidu?Who teaches us how to be successful/ righteous humans?Who gives us courage to face challenges in our lives?Who comforts and strengthens us when we are afraid?Why do things like earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis happen?Why do people die?What happens to people when they die?What is Humbaba? Did God create animals like that? when?Is Ishtar good or evil?Why is Ishtar angry?Was Gilgamesh right to refuse her?What is the secret of immortality?~~We found it strange that 'animal friends', as my students called them, are featured in this book prepared as food! You may have to explain the use of the words "wild asses" on the page where Enkidu and Gilgamesh start their journey.Other excellent resources include the end note maps and the author's commentary on the last page. My students were fascinated with all three books and eager to look at and read them. Excellent addition to our home library.

  • Lafcadio
    2019-02-06 08:44

    Sometimes old mythology seems a bit like a kid telling a story, incorporating ridiculous elements as they occur to them. Also, though the themes are supposed to be universal, I have a hard time relating to the motives of many characters.

  • Aprilleigh
    2019-01-22 17:01

    Another beautifully illustrated children's edition of the Epic of Gilgamesh, this time covering the second part of the story where Gilgamesh and Enkidu have their adventures and anger a jealous goddess. This proves to be their downfall as the goddess, Ishtar, plots her revenge on Gilgamesh for rejecting her and on Enkidu for foiling her first attempt at revenge. The book necessarily glosses over parts of the story for the sake of brevity and clarity, but all of the major elements are there.Although my son loved the description of the battle with the Bull of Heaven, overall he didn't like this book because it made him sad (four named-character deaths in this part of the story alone, one of whom my son rather liked). Again, I agree with him, but I have the advantage of experience and knowing not all books have a happy ending.

  • Monica
    2019-01-28 17:07

    While I think we can all agree the rise of the four ancient river civilizations saw the ascendancy of the patriarchy into fruition, I'm not sure how violently depicted it should be in a children's adaptation. This great book, violent and bloody, retells and recounts Ishtar's revenge for being rejected. One doesn't have to be a Freudian to recognize the conflict between civility/the city/order/masculinity and sexuality/the mythic/chaos/femininity as explored through the raging and lustful Ishtar's maniacal revenge. She's actually boss, and reading this text to your young ones might awaken their inner feminists and also create the added philological query of "Hey, isn't Ishtar very similar to Easter?" And you can say, "Yup. Funny you should mention that, let me tell you ANOTHER story."

  • Heather
    2019-01-19 13:51

    We totally loved this trilogy. My kids spent hours looking at the pictures and asking me to re-read them.Granted, it's a violent story so some of you may not want to read it to begin with. But it's handled really nicely and isn't all gory and gross while still retaining the original themes.The art is done in the style of what has been found during that time which was another way to learn about the time period.I like to find children's books of classic/adult books and have them read it when they're young. Hopefully when they're older they will better understand the classic works because they are already familiar with the characters and plots.

  • Jim Erekson
    2019-01-26 10:02

    The tone of Zeman's illustrations drew me in. My favorite part is how in 1993 she predicted the 'comics' rush of 20 years later. She uses a framing technique incorporating visual motifs from Mesopotamian bas relief, which makes the illustrations look like a series of wall carvings or paintings--so appropriate for transporting me back in time for a myth story. The visual story is told in more detail than the story in the words, with a complementary relationship of text to pictures. This was my only wish: that with the richness of the storyboard Zeman might have given her openings for counterpoint and contradictions between the two.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-11 10:47

    10/08: This was just right for JB in First Grade. A wonderful first look at the story of Gilgamesh.Back Cover: In this exciting episode of the ancient Gilgamesh epic, Gilgamesh the King and his beloved friend, Enkidu, undertake heroic adventures and slay terrible monsters. But there is one monster -- death -- which neither can conquer. The story of Gilgamesh was first carved onto clay tablets in Mesopotamia. Its message of compassion, forgiveness, and friendship has echoed through the ages from its origins over 5,000 years ago.

  • Jean-Marie
    2019-01-24 12:01

    This is the second book in the Gilgamesh Trilogy. We read all three picture books as part of our lesson on Ancient Babylon and Ancient Mesopotamia. My kids were fascinated by the stories and the illustrations. We would definitely recommend reading all three books in the trilogy and lingering over all of the interesting and detailed illustrations that tell an additional story about living in the times of ancient Mesopotamia. Look for a picture of the Ishtar Gate among the illustrations.

  • Shelli
    2019-02-13 08:46

    King Gilgamesh will live in infamy, just as he greatly desired, due to the discovery of those old cuneiform tablets. Ludmila Zeman did a wonderful job adapting and illustrating these oldest known myths. This series of small picture books need to be read in order, and are really 1 tale.

  • Tiffany
    2019-02-19 15:03

    You can't go wrong with the slaying of a monster for a great boy story! Add to that the classic loyal friend theme and a bad guy - or girl goddess in this case- and you have the makings of a timeless tale.

  • Pam Bales
    2019-01-23 12:43

    Good read for my sixth grade students. Mesopotamia, Gilgamesh

  • Marcus
    2019-02-14 14:41

    The second story in the trilogy of children's books covering the mythic tale of Gilgamesh it brings us epic battles and tragedy. If you liked the first book in the series, you will love this one!

  • Heidi
    2019-02-05 11:41

    Great picture book bersion of the Epic of Gilgamesh. My lower elementary kids all loved this one.

  • John
    2019-01-25 09:41


  • Miriam
    2019-02-14 09:42

    This series takes the plots from episodes in the Gilgamesh epic. Without background the story may not seem terribly meaningful to children, but the illustrations are amazing.