Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer.
About the Author
Neil Packer is the illustrator of several classic books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude. His illustrations for The Odyssey took many years — "Nearly as long as Odysseus’s journey!" he says. He lives in London.
What People are Saying About This
Every image seems to have been created with unhurried care; it’s a quiet but monumental piece of work.
—The Huffington Post
While Cross and Packer are not asking us to replace Homer on the bookshelf, their addition is certainly worthy of sharing shelf space.
—New York Daily News online
Interesting and imaginative.
—School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was so much fun. It took about 3 weeks to read this to my 6,6, and 8-year-olds and we all loved it. Tonight they begged me to finish it and cheered when Odysseus returned. What a great retelling of this story. And a great introduction to the classics at a young age.