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The Adventures of Odysseus

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Smart picture-book version of the classic tale.

Book Hugh Lupton Folklore 2006
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the adventures of odysseus

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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.

Book Details

  • Author: Hugh Lupton
  • Illustrator: Christina Balit
  • Genre: Folklore
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: September 1, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 100
  • Last updated: December 14, 2018

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