The Adventures of Odysseus

The Adventures of Odysseus

by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden


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As Odysseus fights to find his way back home after the long and brutal Trojan War, he has to endure harrowing ordeals and adventures, and come to terms with devastating losses. Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden's graphic retelling breathes new life into this great classic.

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ISBN-13: 9781782853565
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 608,174
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

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The Adventures of Odysseus 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
agapegrace More than 1 year ago
Somehow I made it all the way to college without having an essential knowledge of Greek mythology, and I was not very ecstatic about having to read The Odyssey as an English major. I didn't enjoy the archaic, convoluted phrasing and consequently missed the actual events of the story. The Adventures of Odysseus published by Barefoot Books brings the adventure to life in a way that helped me enjoy the tales themselves. Intended for middle grade readers, this book makes the classic story of Odysseus accessible to all. Students will understand the adventures for what they are and enjoy the vibrant, unique pictures while adults will appreciate that they are coming away with a better knowledge of myth that they, perhaps, missed or ignored during their younger years. I think this would a perfect book for parents and kids to read together. There are also several passages that could be used as mentor texts for detail and description in writing. This will be a major hit with the middle school crowd due to the recently renewed interest in mythology generated by current YA titles. The high-interest pictures and short chapters will draw readers of both genders to take a look and perhaps discover the adventures of Odysseus for the first time. Book provided by the publisher for a fair review.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I love Greek mythology and never pass up reading a new retelling of Odysseus.Another beautiful book from Barefeet Books! This is a mate to Arthur of Albion and a part of their series of chapter books, which contains the two books so far. Heavy card covers with flaps, quality paper and delightfully illustrated as the previous picture book edition has been reduced to a trade paperback size. The gorgeous illustrations by Christina Balit are plentiful and are used for both decorative and illustrative purposes. The colours are heavily Mediterranean with greeny blues and blueish greens mixed with sand colours that darken to browns. Blait's style has an abstract, unrealistic look which matches the legendary epic tale she is painting.The retelling itself is not the best I've read as it lacks a certain emotion. The authors have gone for an authentic retelling including all aspects of the tale, including a Prologue which recaps the whole Trojan War and puts Odysseus in place for his journey home for the reader. The problem comes from the briefness of the multitude of events. Each one is told thoroughly and rapidly as we sail quickly chapter through chapter with Odysseus. This, unfortunately, leaves little room for the reader to connect with Odysseus and enjoy him as a person. I felt as if I was being told a story about Odysseus rather than going on the journey along with him and getting to know and care for him. This is not unique to this book and can be a common occurrence in children's retellings, as action is chosen over character development when only a certain number of pages can be used.Now, this doesn't mean the story isn't enjoyable or worth reading; it's the adventures of Odysseus after all! As mentioned all the various aspects of the story have been included. The authors have kept the violence of the original in place and while not inappropriately graphic at all it certainly is not for the squeamish as the cyclopes bashes a man's brains against a wall then pops him in his mouth, for example. However, on the other hand, the sensuous nature of the original has been left out all together and is perfectly clean for all ages.An enjoyable read, a good introduction to the story, with lovely illustrations and as usual for Barefoot Books, a quality produced book.
elainevbernal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cyclops tale from Homer's epic, "The Odyssey," is accurately retold in "The Adventures of Odysseus." The author provides seven sources in the Bibliography - typically only a brief author's note with a short discussion about the origin of a folktale is provided. The language and content of the story makes the plot and setting easy to follow for readers ages 7-10; the storyline is simple, yet rich with details such as the Cyclops', "tusk-like teeth," and "snout of the nose," and a graphic description of one of Odysseus men being smacked against the roof of the Cyclops' cave and eaten by the Cyclops. The details and the on-going dialogue between Odysseus and the Cyclops makes the story an appropriate read aloud.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
The Greek king of Ithaca, Odysseus, was called upon to fight against Troy in the Trojan War. After the war, Odysseus and his soldiers sailed for Ithaca. But, when they moor at a strange island, and blind the giant cyclops Polyphemus, Odysseus shouts his name during bloating to the monster about who blinded it. The cyclops curses Odysseus and his crew. Polyphemus’ father, the god of the sea, Poseidon, then makes it extremely trying for Odysseus and his crew. Most of the crew die. Will Odysseus and his men every see home again? This is a great re-telling of the Odyssey by the blind poet, Homer. I love how this abridged version of the Odyssey is pretty simple, but very informative and perfect for the age it is written for. In this book, kids learn more about the Ancient Greek culture through the fabulous illustrations and the enlightening text. The illustrations are awesome.  This version is great for kids! *NOTE - I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago