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Atticus the Storyteller: 100 Stories from Greece Paperback – August 21, 2003

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"'a splendid reminder of the wonder of the oldest of stories. This large, fat volume, beautifully illustrated by Anthony Lewis, should be in every home and classroom. ' The language is sure and lyrical and the tales read aloud well. A perfect gift." -- Wendy Cooling The Bookseller, 21 June 2002 "'a comprehensive selection retold by Lucy Coats'It adds up to quite a feat - both from Atticus and Lucy Coats, with the bonus of illustrations by Anthony Lewis." Children's Bookseller, 20 September 2002 'Storytelling is at its most compelling in'Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths'The text is beautifully illustrated in two distinct styles'The stories are short and perfect for reading aloud. This most valuable collection should find a place in every classroom.' -- Anne Faundez Junior Education, Book of the Month "A lovely book for children'great value and beautifully illustrated." Eastern Daily Press, 2 November 2002 "Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths is a real winner'it is vibrant, immediate and above, all fun! A really lovely book for all the family to share." -- Fiona Waters Books for Keeps "Concisely told in simple language, this is a good way for kids to discover [the Greek myths]." Sainsbury's Magazine "A brilliant, accessible introduction to the Greek myths." Good Book Guide, 1 December 2002 "This is an old-fashioned book in the best sense - beautifully designed and produced with a solidity that suggests it will not be jettisoned easily." -- Lindsey Fraser Sunday Herald, 1 December 2002 "'a handsome book...a lively retelling of all the best-known stories, lavishly illustrated'an ideal way to attract new readers to this fascinating world." The Spectator, 14-21 December 2002 "Among the many retellings of the Greek Myths, this new edition stands out for the accessibility and liveliness of Coats's storytelling and inviting design, with colour illustrations on every page. A good introduction to Ancient Greece." Financial Times, 1 December 2002 Greek myths never fail to please and Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths are worth every penny. Lucy Coats's versions are accessible to even very young children, and the thrilling cartoons by Anthony Lewis'are quirky, dramatic and just wonderful. -- Amanda Craig Independent on Sunday, 15 December 2002 "Lucy Coats has produced the perfect book to introduce children to the Classical world. The legends are told in straightforward language by Atticus the storyteller - a neat device that leads each story into the next." The Field, 1 January 2003 "This is a really lovely children's book and is a fantastic way to introduce them to Greek mythology'The book is both easy to read and features clear, bright illustrations." Evening News (Norwich), 22 August 2003 "This re-telling of Greek myths is very accessible for young readers'The writing is perfect for reading aloud" Scholastic Magazines Best Books 2003, October 2003

About the Author

Lucy Coats read English and Ancient History at Edinburgh University, then worked in children's publishing and now writes full-time. She is a gifted children's poet and has also written picture books and novels. She is widely respected for her lively retellings of myths. Lucy's website is at www.lucycoats.com. You can also follow her on Facebook lucycoats.facebook and Twitter www.twitter.com/lucycoats Anthony Lewis lives in Cheshire with his wife Kathryn and their three children. He has illustrated more than 300 books for children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (August 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842552791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842552797
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This books tells the story of "Atticus the Storyteller" who tells 100 stories while travelling to a story-telling contest.

My 8-year-old reads this book on his own and loves it.
My 5-year-old listens intently to me as I read it and loves it.
My 1-year-old loves the illustrations, especially the monsters.

This book does a great job of making Greek myths accessible to little children without really changing the original stories. The author strikes a fine balance between teaching mythology and keeping his audience of very young children in mind. It is intelligently done & nicely illustrated.
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The story within a story, Atticus going to a story telling competition, is a bit annoying and my kids don't really care for that, but they really enjoy the stories. The stories are usually fairly short, about 2 pages per story and can be read in about 5 minutes. The arrangement of the stories is chronological from what I can tell with the birth of mother earth and the titans. I am not a greek mythology by any measure, but I find them fun and my kids enjoy them as well.
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My 9 year old can't put this book down. The format makes it very compelling - a storyteller makes his way from Crete to Troy for a storytelling contest, and recounts 100 tales along the way as location and circumstance fit. The language is equally suited for either of us reading aloud or her to herself.
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