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The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna
Written and illustrated by Demi
Subject(s): Age(s) / Grade level / Lexile:

Hinduism

6-9 / 2-3 / Lexile measure: 730L

Format: Size / page count:

Paperback

10" × 10" / 44 pages

ISBN: Date available:

978-1-937786-05-2

Available March 2013

Price:  

$19.95

 

When a peaceful kingdom is overtaken by an evil demon, the Gods send the child Krishna to the rescue. Hidden amongst the poor and peaceful cow-herds, his amazing powers can’t stay hidden from the evil demon King for long, and soon he is under attack from giant birds, a whirlwind demon, and a snake eight miles long. Will Krishna be able to defeat the evil demon King and save the people from his terrible reign? Find out in The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna.

The story of Krishna dates to around the 8th century BCE, and forms an integral part of Hinduism, the world’s oldest living and third largest religion, with over 1 billion believers.

Awards


  • Winner of 2013 Midwest Book Award Silver Medals in the categories “Illustration: Graphic” and “Interior Lay Out”
  • Finalist for 2013 Foreword Review “Book of the Year” Award in the category “Juvenile Nonfiction”
  • Finalist for the USA Book News “Best Children's Picture Book”
  • Selected as a “2014 Highly Commended Book” by the South Asia Book Awards

Activities


Parents can print out two coloring pages taken from the book The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna which feature images from Demi but without the color.
  • Click here for the first, which is a large (8.5" x 11", 258k) image of Krishna playing his flute. This coloring page should be fun for even young children to try—Remember, Krishna's skin color is blue!
  • Click here for the second coloring page (8.5" x 11", 456k). It will be more challenging because it has numerous dancing Krishnas and cow maids (gopis), which are smaller and probably need a more precise hand and colored pencils or fine-point markers.

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“Set in a peaceful kingdom in India more than 5000 years ago, this story begins as demon kings start disposing of all the good and wise rulers. In answer to a plea for help, the god Vishnu returns to Earth to restore peace in the form of a child named Krishna. He is raised by two loving cowherds and grows up to be clever and loving. The current ruler, King Kamsa, is not pleased and tries to dispose of Krishna in a variety of ways. The boy, using his phenomenal strength and other amazing powers, is able to thwart the evil king’s messengers, including giant snakes, forest fires, and a cranelike demon. Finally, a threat against his parents pushes Krishna to confront the evil king himself. Upon Kamsa’s death, the good king is released from prison and, once again, love and joy reign. Krishna then travels far and wide helping people live in peace and harmony. This tale serves as an introduction to one of Hinduism’s most renowned figures, who features prominently in sacred scriptures. The mixed-media illustrations have intricate borders and are the focus of each page with the text off to the sides. The beautiful, full-color images are detailed in Demi’s recognizable style. Krishna, depicted with blue-colored skin, is easily identified on every page. A meaningful addition to folktale collections. (PreS–Gr4)”
School Library Journal
The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna are retold by Demi in a lovely book for kids ages 6 and older who have good reading skills and an interest in Krishna stories. The story of Krishna dates back to the 8th century BCE, and is a foundation of Hindu belief: this picture book retells the tale and recounts a host of Krishna encounters, imparting a dose of spirituality and moral insight perfect for discussion with kids in the 6 and older age range. There are few Krishna stories for kids, making this a fine recommendation.”
Children's Bookwatch, a review publication of Midwest Book Review
“Author/illustrator Demi (The Conference of the Birds) retells the tale of how Lord Vishnu, ‘the greatest of all the gods,’ came to Earth as a child, Krishna, in order to ‘destroy all the evil demon kings and bring peace once again to the [E]arth.’ The stories begin with his astounding escape as an infant from evil King Kamsa’s prison and his adoption into a cowherd family, then continue with tales of Krishna’s naughty childhood (stealing butter), phenomenal strength (lifting a mountain with his finger), and miraculous powers (swallowing a forest fire’s flames). Each spread contains centered paintings framed by finely detailed, colorful, and ornate borders set against a pale beige backdrop. Text appears low on each page; empty space above draws the reader’s focus to the illustration. Krishna, distinguished by blue flesh, appears either playing or dancing with animals and friends his size, or thwarting the king’s increasingly elaborate attempts to murder him by conquering enormous demon animals or gods. More visually arresting than plot driven, this compilation of stories offers an accessible introduction to one of Hinduism’s central figures. Ages 4–8. (Mar.) ”
Publishers Weekly
“Introduce your little ones to the stories of Krishna with The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, written and illustrated by Demi. This delightful picture book condenses these classic tales into a version more easily understood by children, and is accompanied vibrant illustrations that kids will be pleased by. This book is a wonderful way to introduce your youngest readers to the tales of Krishna, and the simplified tale of good versus evil will keep them eagerly turning the pages until the end.”
San Francisco Book Review, from a review by Holly Scudero


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