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
Every image seems to have been created with unhurried care; it’s a quiet but monumental piece of work.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
—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
As a primary teacher and a homeschooling mom, I am a true lover of books. I saw this in a local Barnes and Noble and KNEW I had to add it to our collection. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Christie Chambless
Love the book so much I pre-ordered The Iliad by same writer and illustrator - out in Sept 2015. The illustrations are simply beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nkem
A modern retelling of the Odyssey, faithful to the original in about 100 pages. Fantastic illustrations on every page. Great gift for a grade school lover of Rick Riordan's books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Danielson
Wonderful publication for children. Teachers read it aloud in class & the kids were all a buzz about it. So, we got our own copy.Published 6 months ago by Mamato2
Perfect for 2nd grader
Nice cartoons, easy to read, easy to understand.
this book is very well adapted for kids.