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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Puffin Classics edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140383093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140383096
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.3 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lively, brief retelling with colorful, action-filled pictures."--Los Angeles Times Book Review


"This serious retelling of the Odyssey, illustrated with lush watercolors and line drawings, is a modern prose version of Homer's epic tale about Odysseus's return from Troy. A good introduction to Homer and an exciting story."--Reviews from Parent Council


"A real winner."--Children's Bookwatch


"McCaughrean's fine retelling of Odysseus' wanderings is a heroic tale in the truest sense of the It captures all the drama and bloodcurdling action of the original work while making the story accessible to young people in language that is still vigorous and expressive.... Illustrations by Victor Ambrus complement McCaughrean's style perfectly, their bold colors and lively portrayals displaying all the energy of the text."--Booklist


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Homer was probably born around 725BC on the Coast of Asia Minor, now the coast of Turkey, but then really a part of Greece. Homer was the first Greek writer whose work survives.

He was one of a long line of bards, or poets, who worked in the oral tradition. Homer and other bards of the time could recite, or chant, long epic poems. Both works attributed to Homer – the Iliad and the Odyssey – are over ten thousand lines long in the original. Homer must have had an amazing memory but was helped by the formulaic poetry style of the time.

In the Iliad Homer sang of death and glory, of a few days in the struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans. Mortal men played out their fate under the gaze of the gods. The Odyssey is the original collection of tall traveller’s tales. Odysseus, on his way home from the Trojan War, encounters all kinds of marvels from one-eyed giants to witches and beautiful temptresses. His adventures are many and memorable before he gets back to Ithaca and his faithful wife Penelope.

We can never be certain that both these stories belonged to Homer. In fact ‘Homer’ may not be a real name but a kind of nickname meaning perhaps ‘the hostage’ or ‘the blind one’. Whatever the truth of their origin, the two stories, developed around three thousand years ago, may well still be read in three thousand years’ time.


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My boys are 5 and 6 and they really enjoyed this book.
Mom from TX
I enjoy reading the different versions of they Odyssey- analyzing the differences and appreciating the variety of interpretations is an exercise in and of itself.
R. Hart
Thank you very much for getting the books 2 weeks before the actual assignment.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
...for Pokemon, dinosaurs, ghost stories, Robin Hood, and piratical history! I am no classical scholar, as is obvious from that last sentence, but I am a mom who reads alot to her children and I've a working understanding of Homer's poetic tale, The Odyssey. Ms. McCaughrean's version was gripping! We had a very hard time putting it down the first time, and on our second read through we just kept going until the end! This book enthralled a 7 and a 4, while remaining as true to the text as I've seen yet in a children's version (slight editing may be required for the very squeamish or quite young.) My children acted the tale out on their own when we were through and held impromptu literary discussions for days afterwards. Like Bible stories, Greek myths have been done a thousand times over for children. Before you set off to wade through to find the diamonds, take my word for it that this is definitely one of them. Also, her collection of classic mythical stories is recommended although, dare I say it, this is even better than that.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Mahoney on December 2, 2004
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For young readers not yet ready to tackle Homer in translation this prose version is a superb introduction to the epic's most stirring episodes. McCaughrean writes in an alliterative prose which honors the poetry of the original. She pumps new life into the tangle with the Cyclops, the lure of the Sirens, and the final smackdown on Ithaca when a weathered Odysseus teaches the loutish suitors a thing or two. Seventh graders here have really warmed to this commendable retelling. Our ancient history curriuculum has certainly benefitted from its inclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By XNC on January 3, 2011
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This adaptation remained true to it's original and yet was told in a way that my boys, ages 7 & 9, could not get enough. I've been reading the Percy Jackson series to them and then started reading this one. They loved to hear where Percy's adventures had originated and compare tales. I wish I had read this to them first. Excellent!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Hart on February 21, 2010
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The disclosure of the publisher "Puffin" rightly gives the fact that this is a child's version away. Yet, the prose of this text is not condescending. I love the use of imagery, similes, metaphor and hyperbole; this read is a treat for all ages, as it inspires the imagination in ways the original text may not for lack of so much detail. I enjoy reading the different versions of they Odyssey- analyzing the differences and appreciating the variety of interpretations is an exercise in and of itself.
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Absolutely loved the books. they were delivered way ahead of schedule and delivered to the school prior to the assignment of 18 Nov. Happy parent right here...and the price was amazing and the shipping FABULOUS....$5.60 flat rate USPS. Couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you very much for getting the books 2 weeks before the actual assignment.
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By Mom from TX on November 5, 2013
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My boys are 5 and 6 and they really enjoyed this book. I had to read it to them but it was great to talk about new vocabulary and have them re-tell the stories after we heard them. They requested this every night as their bedtime book, lots of fun!
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By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2013
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My son wanted a hard copy of this book for his required reading. This one is NOT by HOMER. I am very thankful for Amazon Prime shipping.
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This version provides an accessible and exciting version of the ancient poem for kids. My kids love hearing and reading this version.
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