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A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make itA bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer....

Title : The Odyssey
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ISBN : 9780763647919
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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The Odyssey Reviews

  • Terrie
    2018-10-25 01:21

    This retold epic of the adventures of Odysseus is a perfect gateway into Greek mythology. Told in chapter form, the writing is concise, interesting, and easy to follow. This is a beautiful book, at 9 x 10 ½ inches; it is an edition that would hold a place of honor on any book lover’s shelf. The abundant illustrations are mystical with plenty of detail. Most of the illustrations are colorful, some are black and white. The pages range in every shade from white to yellow to black. The paper is thick, and the text is rather large, making it even more appealing. I really loved this gorgeous book.

  • Karla
    2018-10-25 01:06

    When I ordered this book, I thought it was a children's book. It really is more juvenile/YA then children's. I read some of it to my 5 year old and it was "too scary," some of the art bothered him. (He did not like the cyclops eating peolpe.) With that said, I think this is great for older kids. I think I would put an ideal age at 12. (Some kids might be a little younger.) I even think teenagers would enjoy this book, I certainly did as an adult. The author did a great job of retelling the story and keeping the pace sharp. The art was interesting, but not my taste. I would not describe the images as lovely. Overall I liked this book and am glad to have it in our library.

  • Benjamin Dueholm
    2018-10-27 21:27

    My six-year-old and I really enjoyed this. It requires some work on tragedy and prudence when you read it with a child that young (we spent some time wishing Odysseus and his companions just stayed home), but the story is engrossing and the illustrations are really cool.

  • Donalyn
    2018-10-23 22:11

    An accessible retelling of Homer's classic. Perfect for middle school and high school students encountering the story for the first time. For some reason, the illustrations reminded me of Blue Meanies.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-04 01:22

    This version of the Odyssey, intended for middle-grade students, is beautifully retold and illustrated. This book probably represents the best and most realistic shot to get tweens and teens into this epic poem -- very well done!

  • Kevin Buckley
    2018-11-01 01:29

    My wife got me this book for Christmas. The illustrations are fun and it is an easy to read, kid friendly overview of the Odyssey. My 6th graders will love it.

  • Daniel
    2018-10-20 21:27

    My 6yo loved it.

  • Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
    2018-10-20 21:15

    Story is told well, but the illustrations, though bold and interesting, did not portray the characters as attractive. I always pictured Odysseus as an attractive man, but here he was odd-looking.

  • Andrew Votipka
    2018-11-13 20:22

    I read this to my kid, but because it's pretty long (about 170 pages) I figured I'd give myself credit for the read. The story was well done. My son was enthralled, but it was tame enough to where I could sort of edit the violent scenes as I read it.My only issue is with the art. It's very...grotesque. My son kept asking why people's arms were different sizes and things like that. Just not my preference, so because it's a graphic novel I figured I should factor that into the rating. The story? 5 stars. The art? 3 stars.

  • AMY
    2018-11-17 00:21

    175 pages. Excellent re-telling of Homer's ancient story. The illustrations were kind of primitive but worked well with the ancient themes. There were only a few mentions of the gods and goddesses and others as lovers or fathering children. I think this level of vocabulary would only appeal to 4th and 5th graders so hopefully that won't be a problem. Highly recommended for ES.

  • Jude Morrissey
    2018-11-04 00:16

    This is a great, easy-to-read version of The Odyssey, with lovely illustrations. Highly recommended for getting your kids hooked on the classics at a young age. :) (Also highly recommended for adults who enjoy picture books and good stories.)

  • Rebecca Whitney
    2018-11-03 21:07

    I read this story to 3rd grade and it hasn't stayed in the library long since! The story is timeless, the illustrations are somewhat gruesome, and there's plenty of blood, gore, and adventure. What more could a middle grade reader want?

  • Tanya
    2018-10-27 22:10

    Beautifully written version of the Odyssey with great illustrations! Our whole family loved this one!

  • Maged Zeineldin
    2018-10-21 02:03

    I read with my 10 years old son. It is a retelling of the Odyssey to be suitable to this age group. It has advanced vocabulary, which is a plus.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-14 22:08

    Great illustrations- Suitable for fifth grade and middle school level.

  • Kevin
    2018-11-03 00:08

    Just like with the Iliad, this YA-level retelling of the classic Homer poem is perfectly paced, well-told, and has beautiful illustrations.

  • Stuart
    2018-11-18 20:28

    Anyone who has ever taken a literature course knows Homer's two epics The Iliad and The Odyssey. There have been countless translations of them and ways to make them more accessible to current generations and younger audiences. Candlewick Press has recently published these works of Homer aimed at children ages 8-12. They are both written by Gillian Cross and illustrated by Neil Packer, and I am going to tell you about them.The Iliad begins with the story of Paris and the golden apple. Three goddesses (Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite) presented him with a golden apple and told him to give it to the most beautiful. Paris was not bright enough to realize that no matter who he picked, two others would be upset with him. They all offered him bribes to try and be picked, but Aphrodite offered him the most beautiful woman in the world (Helen) as his wife if he gave Aphrodite the golden apple. This was the most appealing bribe to him, and from this small apple the Trojan War soon followed.Within this story is a lot of bloodshed and capturing of women. Paris took Helen from King Menelaus. Agamemnon took a woman named Chryseis who was the daughter of a priest. Briseis was taken from Achilles by Agamemnon, because Agamemnon had to give back Chryseis. For a while Achilles refused to help Agamemnon and the Greeks, until his cousin Patroclus was killed by Hector. This led to Achilles finally going to war with the Trojans, killing Hector, and Paris killing Achilles. This did not end the war, though. Odysseus created what became known as the Trojan Horse, and was able to sneak all the Greek soldiers into Troy to destroy the city and everyone in it. With the war over, Odysseus was ready to go home.This leads us to the story The Odyssey. The Odyssey takes place after the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey back home takes ten years itself. That means that in total, he was gone from his home for twenty years. On this long trek, he is held captive for seven years on Calypso's island. They were captured by a Cyclops and had to blind him to escape. They narrowly avoided the Sirens who tried to steer their boats into the rocks and drown them. There are many marvelous tales in this epic, but I always like the end and the cleverness of Odysseus' wife Penelope. She was clever and stalled her many suitors for years in the hopes that her husband would return. She also arranges an archery contest that she knows only her husband could win and when he does win, she tests him one time further just so she can be 100% sure. This is truly a marvelous tale.So what makes Gillian Cross and Neil Packer's versions great for kids? It's the way they are told. The story is simplified, but not dumbed down. All the elements, plot lines, gods, goddesses, etc. are present and accounted for. And the pictures are absolutely perfect in form and style. There are some images that are a bit off-putting and grotesque, which I appreciate, because not all characters in these stories are meant to be beautiful. At the end of the books is the Greek alphabet and context on both Homer and the Trojan War. These serve to further educate young minds and adds to the beauty of these books. These books are proof that you don't need to be an adult to enjoy the Classics and that if you start your children early, they too will love good literature. Highly recommended!

  • Barb Cencich
    2018-10-22 20:24

    I enjoyed this very much. The artwork is great.

  • G.L.
    2018-11-06 01:20

    The kid liked it. Since this is a kid's book, I guess that's the most important thing.Personally, I found the storytelling style in most of the book to be kind of distant and hard to personally invest in. That's appropriate for an adaptation of Homer, of course. But I was kind of surprised; I'd have figured a modern adaptation, especially for kids, would've gone with a more approachable and intimate style. Still, the kid seemed pretty invested in it, so I suppose the style served its purpose.My big disappointment was the final fight between Odysseus and the suitors. As it approaches, the tension ramps up admirably. It's obvious that a confrontation is coming, and that it will be big. But then the fight — the climax of the whole story — is almost glossed over. It's passed over in quick summation. It was anticlimactic, and means this adaptation is missing the single most exciting episode from the original. I guess it was done to shield young readers from violence. But this is a violent story, and the kids would have probably loved it, and not suffered any harm from reading it. Plus, a guy gets his eye put out with a sharp stick earlier in the book, so eliminating a big fight scene isn't going to scrub the violence and gore from the pages.Overall, I think it was a good introduction to Classical mythology for kids. It's engaging and interesting to them. Mine asked lots of questions about the Greek gods.

  • Sandra Pedicini
    2018-11-07 20:06

    Great way to introduce tween kids to the Odyssey. Told in a simple, elegant way. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Makes accessible to children all the stories of the Odyssey. Odysseus, king of Ithaca, must go off and fight in the Trojan war. But that 10-year war, finally won through the use of the Trojan horse, is just the beginning. This abridged version hits all the highlights of the saga: The soldiers incur the wrath of Poseidon after maiming his son, the bone-crunching Cyclops. Odysseus orders his men to strap him to the ship so he can hear the tempting Sirens' song without following it to his death. Odysseus is imprisoned for years by the goddess Calypso, until finally another goddess intervenes. Through it all, Odysseus' wife Penelope waits patiently, fending off greedy suitors while never losing faith that her husband is still alive. A classic meant to be read again and again...And it's interesting to think about all the things from this book that still remain part of our language today - Trojan horse. Odyssey. Sirens' song. I also remember a Suzanne Vega song I always liked, Calypso...My name is CalypsoAnd I have lived aloneI live on an islandAnd I waken to the dawnA long time agoI watched him struggle with the seaI knew that he was drowningAnd I brought him into meNow todayCome morning lightHe sails awayAfter one last nightI let him go.

  • James Klagge
    2018-11-10 00:11

    I read this after reading Homer's Odyssey. This was a retelling in the author's own words that reorganized the story line, making it more chronological than Homer, and cleaning it up and shortening it for children. I thought it did a fine job--and I would read this to a 9-12 year old. The best part, and the reason I read it, was the illustrations. I read it after I had read the real thing, so that my imagination illustrated the story initially. Then when I read through this I could examine the illustrations for what they emphasized, and compare them with my take on the scenes. I thought these were very well done. They had a flavor of Greek Archaic-age vase painting, and a flavor of cartoon. They were imaginative and in my view added to the story. I was glad I had it.

  • Johnny
    2018-11-14 19:05

    I initially bought this for a friend's baby as a joke after hearing Nicole Krauss say in public that her four year old son was constructing his own version of The Odyssey. When I finished rolling my eyes at the literary pretentiousness of her comment, I searched for a kid-friendly version of the epic poem and came across this one. I ordered for my friend, gave it to her a few weeks before her baby was born, and shared a laugh. Then I flipped through the pages and noticed the great illustrations and the attention to detail that Cross provides. The story is accurate, and while there is definitely violence here, it's fairly kid-friendly. My six year old loved the book, and as a pretentious literary snob myself, I loved the fact that she was hearing a fairly authentic version of this story.If you only read one kid-friendly version of Homer's epic poem, let it be this one.

  • Dominic
    2018-11-19 02:23

    I read most of this to my 2 year old son in small bursts throughout 2014, but I'm not sure Odysseus would have ever made it home had I just stopped to read the last 40 pages myself. Gillian Cross' adaptation of Homer's epic is a softer, completely chronological retelling, but it's one that is well-suited for middle school and high school students wanting to get a footing on the story before tackling the actual classic poem. It's less gruesome and paints Odysseus in a more black-and-white way, but as this could be picked up by small children, I believe it is the right choice. Neil Packer's drawings are beautiful, and still continue to captivate my son's imagination. I'd like to think this text would only encourage young people to want to read more stories like this.By the way, my now 2 and 1/2 year old son knows "The Odyssey" and Odysseus by name, and will on occasion ask to read it. I say, Victory!

  • Ellen
    2018-11-05 01:26

    Cross makes the epic accessible without sacrificing much of the original meaning. Parker's illustrations are beautiful and thought provoking. For the first time (as far as I am aware) he shows races other than Caucasian represented in Ancient Greek Mythology, I.e.: Zeus, half of the lotus eaters, Odysseus' crew, and the suitors are Black instead of the White cherubic figures that many are accustomed to seeing. This text will be of great service to teaching reluctant readers the tale of Odysseus.

  • Angela
    2018-11-06 20:26

    I loved it. I bought this book for its illustrations and ease of reading. It has wonderful, slightly creepy, skewed art including shadow works mimicking Arthur Rackham's Cinderella plate art. The story is rewritten nicely and flows well while reminding you it is an old classic story. The book is large and practically square. It makes me want a coffee table on which to rest it. Update: I read this to a class of 3rd-grade students. They loved it.

  • Deborah
    2018-11-07 21:09

    Adaptation of The Odyssey for children that is beautifully illustration. The problem I had (until Odysseus returns to Ithaca) is each story seemed too short and choppy. Maybe children won't ask too many why questions and maybe the original text doesn't explain motivations or why events unfold as they do. Nice afterward tells about the questionable origin and authorship of The Odyssey.Upper elementary school/middle school.

  • NCW
    2018-11-16 21:17

    Wonderful version for children. I loved the offbeat illustrations, and my son (8) was completely taken by the story in this telling of it. He thought the scariest part was Scylla and Charybdis, but that's a good opportunity to remind him that that's what life offers up sometimes.I never really realized how many of those ten years Odysseus just spent feasting with Circe and Calypso. Some tough stuff happened along the way, buddy, but you didn't need to be gone *that* long. :)

  • Jess
    2018-11-04 22:04

    The oversize trim is a plus, and the retelling is smooth and reasonably compelling (it's been almost 15 years since I read the full version, but I still think Odysseus is a big jerk for much of the story). I'd recommend it to young mythology fans in a heartbeat. I do wish the illustrations weren't so off-putting! I liked a lot of the more abstract illustrations, but the depictions of human figures weren't something I could appreciate or admire.

  • Emmanuel Balan
    2018-11-06 00:14

    Great book to introduce a classic to your children. Illustrations are interesting but effective. I like that they are not trying to be "cutesy" and dumb it down for kids. The illustrations are sometimes morbid but my daughters love it. Plus the chapters are short enough to capture their attention and for us to discuss what happened. We're about a 3rd of the way in a classic like this and my kids can't wait to read it the next day. [I try to read a chapter a night].

  • Kate
    2018-10-25 21:28

    You are in for a treat with the retelling of Homer's The Odyssey, one of the greatest stories of Greek mythology and literature of all time. Read all the exciting and thrilling adventures of the hero of the story, Odysseus as he faces a storm, shipwreck, terrifying monsters and the fury of the gods as he journeys home after the Trojan war. The question on everyone's lips is will he ever make home and what happens when he does? In order to find out, you have to read the book.