Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War.

Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War.

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Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War.

Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Fisher's well-sourced retellings of the Greek myths will shiver with terror at this emotive episode in the adventures of Odysseus. The most electrifying aspect here is the astonishing art: readers' attention is grabbed with the cover painting of the hideous Cyclops and held by one riveting spread after another. The mariners' boat is dwarfed and battered by waves; the sky is an ominous blue-black; the landscapes are dramatically lit by a sun that breaks through heavy clouds. The richly toned paintings intensify the theatricality inherent in the confrontation between Odysseus and the mythic monster. Excitement builds with the interplay of light and shadow in the paintings of the doomed captives in the one-eyed giant's cave; the giant himself is so immense and threatening that the pages can barely contain him. Although the story's grisly aspects make it less palatable to those youngsters at the low end of the age range, this is in any event enticing fare. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- A terse, three-line summary of Odysseus's Trojan experiences and a succinct explanation for his subsequent wanderings set the scene for the hero's unwitting landing on the Cyclops's island. The encounter with Polyphemus follows, but not in Homer's expansive epic style. Fisher's narrative is compressed and direct; the illustrations, in rich, saturated oils, complement its simplified and dramatic qualities. The dense forms on the landscapes and the device of showing only part of the giant emphasize the inhuman scale of Odysseus's opponent and the vastness of the world in which he wanders. Polyphemus is repellent, and several depictions of him after he's been blinded (with the sharpened stake still protruding) are quite gruesome. Readers with a taste for the monstrous, or for a classic adventure yarn, may find this kind of visit enticing. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823410620
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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