King David by Kyle Baker

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The story of David and Goliath has a ring of inevitability about it that handicaps most attempts at retelling. But Kyle Baker's comic book version of King David renders that classic confrontation in 17 wordless pages, comprising one of the freshest, most suspenseful and thrilling descriptions of its subject that you are likely to find. King David is a biblically accurate, freewheeling, color-saturated biography of the boy who rose to become king of Israel. David begins the book as a scruffyDennis-the-Menace-like kid and ends the book as a vain, hunky womanizer; King Saul is a glam-rock tyrant; his son Jonathan is a skinny punk rebel. (When he asks to borrow Saul's chariot and the king asks, "Where are you going, Jonathan?" he shoots back, "Out.") Many parents will deem the book's bloody battle scenes inappropriate for young readers. King David's candor, however, is a virtue. This is real religious literature: it describes David's relationship with God in a style that's fully alive for readers today. --Paul Power

About Kyle Baker

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Kyle Baker's hilarious cartoons have appeared an numerous Magazines, Newspapers, and in movies and TV shows.
Published April 1, 2002 by Vertigo. 104 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Baker, the author of at least two graphic novel cult classics—Why I Hate Saturn and The Cowboy Wally Show—combin

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But David is both lucky and good, and as the scriptures remind us, Saul fails time and again to kill him before the pious but dim David realizes what Saul is up to.

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Gaines' Picture Stories From the Bible, artist-writer Kyle Baker renders the Old Testament tale of King David in vivid, demotic language (''I'm on a top-secret mission for King Saul....

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