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The Odyssey [Hardcover]

Gillian Cross , Neil Packer
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Sep 2012
Homer’s great story is retold with simplicity and style by award-winning children’s writer Gillian Cross, and vividly brought to life in Neil Packer’s stunning illustrations. It charts the ten year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaca. On his journey he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon. Neil Packer’s striking imagination, and his extraordinary use of colour and dramatic silhouettes, capture the terrors of Odysseus’s travels as well as the dangers faced by his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus at home. The illustrations are a perfect complement to Gillian Cross’s beguiling narrative, which transports the reader effortlessly into Homer’s world.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406303674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406303674
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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A magnificent retelling of Homer's epic story, illustrated with lavish full colour pictures and exquisite black and white silhouettes.

About the Author

Gillian Cross is an acclaimed author for young people, who won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf, and the Whitbread Award and the Smarties Prize for The Great Elephant Chase. Her Demon Headmaster books were turned into a successful television series by the BBC. "Retelling the Odyssey was a fantastic experience," Gillian says, "and one that taught me a lot about storytelling." Gillian and her husband Martin live in Shaftesbury, Dorset. They have four children. www.gillian-cross.co.uk

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem to keep for life 27 Oct 2013
By MrsH
Format:Hardcover
I bought this after my 9 year old son got excited over Percy Jackson books, so that he would understand the origin of some of the events in those novels.

This had him (and me) gripped as I read it to him every bedtime over a week. It is beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated on high quality paper. Definitely a book to keep for life, to dip in and out of, reread, leaf through and admire the illustrations years after reading for the first time. An absolute gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely - great family reading 25 Nov 2012
By Mr. Hm Bennett VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Odysseus is the best Greek hero.

If you don't know who he was (and why should you?) and don't want to read the full 'Odyssey of Homer' - he was the cleverest, most ruthless and impressive of all the Greek heroes. And the stories are great.

I can remember reading the Odyssy at school and thinking it was as dull as dishwater - this is'nt dull.

The illustrations are interesting - not eye-poppingly colourful like e.g. the Usborne Book of Greek Myth but take their pallet from Greek Art - muted but gorgeous and I suppose, more educational because of that (not a concern for me).

This has been family bed-time reading for my 9 and 11 year old (yes, the 11 year old is interested) and is suitable for kids a lot below that age too.

Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's favourite book 13 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
My 9 year old daughter and I are taking turns to read from this beautiful book in the evenings. She is absolutely entranced by the story and is wowed by the illustrations. Definitely one to treasure.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic illustrations 11 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this version of the story. It is well told and wonderfully realised in the pictures. It really brings it to life as the characters in the pictures are so real.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids 17 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
All the stories you have heard in a very friendly narrative. Pictures are fantastic!

I would recommend this for kids as young as 6 and probably as old as 13.

It is pretty hard to put down once you get going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for children & adults alike 15 Jan 2013
By MrsD
Format:Hardcover
Beautifully illustrated and simply written. I am reading it with my daughter who is under 4. I bought it for later but she is insisting on us reading it now. I am not reading the most gory bits (although I don't know why as many fairy tales are pretty gory!) and she loves it.
My plan is for schooling her with a classical education so this book will be a great introduction. She already loved the Orchard book of Greek Myths.
So delighted to find this book!!
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