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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763647918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647919
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While several graphic novels based on Homer’s Odyssey have appeared in recent years, this substantial volume retells the tale in a more traditional narrative, illustrated with idiosyncratic artwork. The book’s handsome design features broad pages, heavy paper, and generous use of space to set off the type and illustrations. While Cross’ text is more plainspoken than earlier versions for young people, such as Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Odyssey (1995) or Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Wanderings of Odysseus (1996), the power of the story lives on in her retelling. An appended note offers the writer’s perspective on what Homer accomplished and why the tale still moves readers today. Created using gouache, pen, and wash, Packer’s highly individual illustrations range from richly colored, intricately detailed paintings to silhouettes and monochromatic drawings. With elements that are often stylized, sometimes ornate, and occasionally grotesque, the artwork may not have broad appeal, but many will be drawn to its intensity and originality. A welcome new retelling of the epic poem. Grades 4-7. --Carolyn Phelan

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Every image seems to have been created with unhurried care; it’s a quiet but monumental piece of work.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Gorgeous.
—The Huffington Post

While Cross and Packer are not asking us to replace Homer on the bookshelf, their addition is certainly worthy of sharing shelf space.
—New York Daily News online

Interesting and imaginative.
—School Library Journal

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I was awed by this retelling and the beautiful illustrations.
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It is the perfect format for reading to my young sons, with both enough pictures to keep them interested, and enough content to capture the essence of the story.
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I read this book every night to my six year old for the last few weeks.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tom Sanders on October 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a boy this was one of my very favorite books. I remember crawling into the nice warm space between the pot bellied stove and the wall on cold wintry Michigan days. I'd escape into a wonderful world of heroes, giants and angry Gods who all vied with each other in epic struggle. What a great tale! Men who cleverly outwitted foes of great strength and supernatural powers to accomplish their ultimate wish...to return home with honor. I seldom spoke to others of this tale, because I was so self conscious that I probably did not know how to pronounce so many of the names. Now along comes a version that has such great illustrations that one wonders how it can be offered at this price. Many "Art" books costing multiples of Amazon's price are not nearly so nice. My wife (who is a graphic artist in her own right) saw the first copy I bought and urged me to buy more copies for all the grand kids, which I did. I expected it to be nice and was really surprised at how much it exceeded my expectations!
Highly recommended to folks who love a great adventure that has endured through centuries and especially to those who love great illustration.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Award Winning author Gillian Cross delivers a compelling story about Odysseus on his journey in a magical, mystical adventure. If you enjoy fantasy, magic, and folk tales, then this powerfully moving story will grab your attention. Odysseus faces many challenges, including a brutal storm, shipwreck, and much more. As he sets out on a mission, he must face the mysterious sea, Cyclops, and other disturbing surprises along the way. What is Poseidon up to, and what happens when Odysseus must deal with deadly sirens? As Odysseus struggles to make it home, while fighting his own battles, Penelope must challenge an invasion of her palace. What do the greedy men want, and will she be forced into choosing a new husband? Will Odysseus be able to rescue his wife, and who will survive? Who told Penelope that her husband is dead, and does she believe it? This fun-filled story is exciting, and fascinating from beginning to end. Highly Recommended to young readers, ages 8 and up. The author paints mystical-magic throughout, the illustrations are stunning, and fans of mythology will enjoy as this book entertains from beginning to end!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hapmaho on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I actually found this book at my local public library. I Love the Odyssey and wanted to share it with my kids (6 & 8 years) in a format that is suitable for younger readers. We've been reading this book every night. They beg me not to stop reading. They are loving it. The author retells the story in a way that enraptures my sons' imaginations. Even my husband wants to sit in the room and listen. It's great to have a young readers' version of this book that sparks their curiosity and attention. Someday, when this story is assigned to them in high school and beyond, they will have an understanding of the plot and characters. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Greek classics and wants to expose a child to this epic story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. LaFleur on December 12, 2012
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As a Classics professor, I can assure you this is a marvelous re-telling of Homer's ODYSSEY for young readers, elegantly illustrated--we're giving these to all 5 grandchildren for Christmas, and I'm sure they'll love the story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2013
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This story has been wonderfully illustrated and retold. It is the perfect format for reading to my young sons, with both enough pictures to keep them interested, and enough content to capture the essence of the story. The pacing of the story allows the tension to build and release at a rate where kids can keep the characters and events clear in their memory. Looking forward to more books by this author/illustrator pair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2013
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I had never read the Odyssey before and always felt left out when I heard references to it, so I got this for a grandsons' visit so we could all learn. It fascinated the boys aged 6, 7, and 11. Their attention flagged just a bit on pages with no illustrations, but with a few prompts ("Do you think the men are going to obey his orders?") they got back into the story. They LOVED the illustrations, though some verged on too scary. Text was full of action and gruesome details, but none of the men who got eaten by monsters were given names, and the kids seemed fine with that. I'm happy that the boys will now know what it means to be "between Scylla and Charybdis," or why a siren song means a temptation to resist. I'll be watching for opportunities to remind them what they learned. My brother who's a classicist says that the Odyssey stays current because the basic issues in life never change, and it's comforting to think, "Odysseus faced this same problem." You can't get that from Batman.
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By Philippe KIEFFER-KWON on June 1, 2014
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Perfect for 2nd grader
Nice cartoons, easy to read, easy to understand.
this book is very well adapted for kids.
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I chose this book for the excellent illustrations by Neil Packer and also sent a copy to my friend who lives in Ithaca, New York State. We both loved it for the simple retelling but mostly for the fabulous illustration.
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