Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

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by Dan Whitehead, Sankha Banerjee
     
 

Jason and the Argonauts is a visually and emotionally captivating graphic novel that depicts the adventures of the famous Greek mythical hero Jason. Jason is sent by King Pelias to find the magical Golden Fleece after the King hears about it from an oracle. Jason accepts the mission and hires fifty heroes including Hercules, Peleus, and Laertes, and

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Jason and the Argonauts is a visually and emotionally captivating graphic novel that depicts the adventures of the famous Greek mythical hero Jason. Jason is sent by King Pelias to find the magical Golden Fleece after the King hears about it from an oracle. Jason accepts the mission and hires fifty heroes including Hercules, Peleus, and Laertes, and commissions Argos to build a large ship. During his voyage to acquire the fleece, Jason and his crew of valiant Argonauts brave danger, magic, and unusual and enchanting beings along the way.

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"Maybe life is about the journey and not about the destination. That is the moral put forth in Jason and the Argonauts . . . The thing that sets Jason apart from so many other Greek heroes is that he is not a demi-god, or a child born of a god and a human. Jason is fully man, yet he manages to rally some of Greece's greatest heroes to his side (including the mighty Hercules/Heracles) for a quest that is set up to be a suicide mission at best. Jason is at times foolish and at others he is extremely clever (like when he has to outsmart some indestructible zombies- yeah, it's really in the book!). The story moves at a good pace, and loose ends tie up nicely making it feel complete. . . . an enjoyable read and goes along well with (Campfire's) Labors of Heracles graphic novel." — John Tompkins, Children's Librarian/Graphic Novel Specialist
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Gr 5 Up—The life of Perseus is filled with intrigue, interplayed with destiny. Locked in a chest, dropped into the middle of the sea and left to die, he survives and tries to live a simple, quiet life. When given an unexpected audience and tested by the king, he carelessly pledges his loyalty and boasts that he will bring the monarch the head of Medusa. Believing himself deserted and alone, Perseus curses Zeus. His angry roar brings the aid of Hermes, messenger of the gods, and Athena, goddess of wisdom. They reveal to him that he is their brother and that they intend to help him on his mighty quest, and he ultimately establishes the great kingdom of Mycenae. Kumar's illustrations give life to these mythical legends but misspellings and improper verb tenses ruin an otherwise exciting story. Whitehead opens his story as Jason is called upon to reclaim the land of Iolcus, his birthright. Broken and forlorn, he has lived his life far from the reach of his treacherous Uncle Pelias, who imprisoned his parents and stole the throne. Pelias tricks Jason and sets him on an impossible quest, to capture the Golden Fleece. The pace, dialogue, and action create the right amount of tension. Dramatic illustrations lend a cinematic effect. Readers will especially like Jason's battle with enchanted bulls with the breath of Hades and the fight with Talos, the bronze man.—Lisa Gieskes, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788190751520
Publisher:
Steerforth Press
Publication date:
01/17/2012
Series:
Campfire Graphic Novels Series
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
423,950
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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