Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe heroes and heroines of ancient Greece--and their evil counterparts--come to life in this excellent introduction to mythology. The stories that examine human foibles and were originally designed to explain the mysteries of life and the course of nature have formidably weathered the test of time. Readers meet the curious Pandora, ultra-strong Heracles and the lovesick musician Apollo, among others, in these 16 exciting and mystical tales. McCaughrean's retellings feature modern language and simplified plot lines and genealogical information, while retaining much of the drama of the more classical adult versions. Chichester Clark's playful watercolors are a constant reminder that myths were meant to be shared as entertainment as well as instruction. Her wide-eyed portrayal of life in Greece amuses and informs and may encourage interested fans to visit a museum or check out nonfiction on the topic. This collaboration is solid preparation for the more intricate tellings, as well as a segue into interpretation and analytical skills. Ages 9-up. (Apr.)
Hazel Rochman"There was once a king called Midas who was almost as stupid as he was greedy." Direct, robust, and gleeful, 16 epic stories of heroes and monsters, gods and warriors, are retold here in a style that's as great for reading aloud and storytelling as it is for introducing middle grade readers to the myths. Just as the narrative does, the simple watercolors on every page express the ordinariness of the characters, their silliness as well as their heroism. The monsters are appropriately gruesome (the dragon guarding the Golden Fleece "had no eyelids, it had no name, it had no pity"); the heroes (from Hercules and Perseus to Jason and Atalanta) are game to take on any dare; the journeys (whether home from Troy or down to Hades) are perilous adventures. There are no 1990s ambiguities and transformations--Penelope is waiting patiently at home for Odysseus; the Cyclops is monster, not victim--but the stories do show that Theseus is an ungrateful hero who ditches Ariadne, and that the gods themselves can be "vain, jealous, spiteful, bad-tempered--even lonely." McCaughrean, who has won several awards in Britain, lures you with the dramatic immediacy of the oral tradition: "Long ago, when fortune-tellers told the truth, there lived a very frightened man." How can you not read on?
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This book was full of adventures. Ther are One or two bad words, back then ther was no such thing as bad words my favorite chapter was Perseus. You should try reading this book. This book may not look exciting, but it is! Try this book you just might like it!