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The Odyssey Hardcover – Illustrated, September 11, 2012

4.9 out of 5 stars 94 ratings

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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


Lively and accessible.
—The New York Times

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

Interesting and imaginative.
—School Library Journal

Offers an accessible introduction to an important work whose allusions stretch far and wide; fans of graphic novels, mythology, and really great storytelling will be glad to have this in their repertoire.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Many will be drawn to its intensity and originality. A welcome new retelling of the epic poem.

Cross has given us an excellent resource. In her adaptation, Homer’s story comes alive...Packer’s artwork is effective in making the story a contemporary adventure as well as a story from ancient times. We need more books like this to introduce students to classic literature as we incorporate the Common Core into our curriculum.
—Library Media Connection

—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

Dynamic language, rapid-fire pacing, spine-tingling suspense, and a sense of foreboding that looms larger than a Cyclops characterize Gillian Cross’s rendition of THE ODYSSEY. Both accessible and mesmerizing, the text emphasizes moments of heady hubris and relates even the most unsettling events with gusto...Appearing on almost every spread, Neil Packer’s masterfully rendered paintings depict, interpret, and vivify the text, adding a spectacular visual dimension to the storytelling.
—Curriculum Connections

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 740L
  • Grade Level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 2.35 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 0763647918
  • Hardcover : 178 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 9.19 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0763647919
  • Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated Edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 94 ratings
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