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The Iliad and the Odyssey Paperback – October 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406303488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406303483
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In her signature comic-strip style, Williams (The Adventures of Robin Hood; Don Quixote) gives Homer's epic chronicles of warring gods, mortals and monsters a rollicking new incarnation. Considering these works' labyrinthine episodes and their teeming cast of characters, the author does an especially impressive job of boiling down selected escapades to easily digested, single-page servings. She supports the frisky, colloquial text with creatively cluttered cartoons embellished with characters' droll asides, many of which are pitched to a kid-like sense of humor. When Thetis offers her son Achilles oranges to stuff down his shirt so he'll look like a maiden instead of a soldier, he replies, "They are not my size, mother. I want melons, at least!"; below the cartoon panel, the running text more soberly states, "Having foreseen Achilles' death at Troy, Thetis had him disguised as a maiden and sent him to ... the Isle of Scyros." Williams's recipe for leavening the classics is as satisfying as ever. Ages 7-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5. Williams's version of these two Greek stories continues in the comic-strip format the reteller popularized in King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1996), Greek Myths for Young Children (1992), and Sinbad the Sailor (1994, all Candlewick). In text that runs below each row of cartoons, Williams manages to distill a complex and multilayered saga into a logical sequence of cause and effect. From the discord created by the golden apple, through the Trojan War and the voyages of Odysseus, each major event is succinctly captured on one or two pages and bordered by an intricate frame. While brevity robs the retelling of drama and personality, these elements are provided in excess in the watercolor illustrations of various sizes. A plethora of details can be examined in each cell, which contains dialogue between gods and mortals as well as plenty of action. Noble and ignoble alike are caricatured, blood and gore flow freely, and witty and witless epithets are hurled about. There are lots of bare bottoms and everyone is depicted with peculiarly puckered lips. Although the vocabulary is challenging, the format will appeal to reluctant readers. This slapstick version will add little to library collections on the classics, but will find a ready audience.?Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Marcia Williams is famous for her retellings of classic stories. From Shakespeare and Dickens to the Canterbury Tales and Greek Myths, her humorous comic-strip illustration is hugely popular all over the globe. She lives in London.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I would just like to say to the earlier review this book is not meant to be a school textbook. It is not supposed to be a wonderful introduction to the Iliad and the Odyssey. Marcia Williams books are just for fun, it is just a bonus that you children can get the basic story line of a classic. I would highly recommend any of Marcia Williams books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on May 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Williams has a gift for making the complex stories of classic authors funny and accessible. My family library contains several of her works. Her wild and whimsical cartoons captivate both old and young. My kids are avid readers, and they are crazy for her books! These are about the only books that both my five year old and my teen want to read. A warning for the sensitive: this book is about the Trojan war, and it does include killing, blood, a creepy illustration of the cyclops eating Odysseus's men, etc. There's no story left if all the scary bits are taken out, so be prepared!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kaui on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Marcia Williams' series is a wonderful way to introduce erudite topics to a young child. I have an 8 year old boy who is an avid reader, and is currently completely enthralled with the Percy Jackson series. With all of the Greek and Roman mythology, my child has devoured this book as well as Marcia William's mythology book. The illustrations are tasteful, accurate and pleasing to the eye. The summaries strike just the right balance of being readable and accurate. I highly recommend this series to anyone wanting to push the horizons of their little ones (or even themselves). She does books on Beowulf, Shakespeare and other highly regarded classics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane D. on September 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When we were looking for a good book for a 6-year-old whose name is Agamemnon, to give him some context for his name outside of our family, we found this book at the library. He really enjoyed having us read it to him, then later for him to read himself. A great book!
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My 4 year old daughter loves all of Marcia Williams renditions of the classics. My husband and I love reading them to her. The illustrations draw you in and the stories are made accessible to young audiences. I am building a Marcia Williams library at our house!
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