A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Odysseus massacres the unarmed suitors.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody battles, an eye-gouging, deaths, animal sacrifice, people eaten by monsters.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a bloody story, and the authors don't shy away from it. People are killed in battle and in cold blood, by humans and by monsters, and animals are killed for food and for sacrifice to the gods.
Is It Any Good?
The authors of this version of The Odyssey tell the story in much the same order that Homer did, and they include a bit of gritty violence that hints at the gore of the original. The language is slightly formal, clear, and rich -- this is a retelling, not a dumbing-down.
The illustrations are less successful. Highly stylized, they wrap around the text in sometimes confusing ways, and no character, not even Odysseus (who is oddly portrayed beardless), ever becomes recognizable. They are the kind of pictures that don't draw kids in; kids will glance at them, occasionally puzzle over some of the more confusing ones, but they fail to linger in the mind or enhance the story. Nevertheless, for the text alone, this is a worthwhile addition to a child's library of classic stories.
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