Friday, December 27, 2013

The Adventures of Odysseus

The Adventures of Odysseus
Retold By: Daniel Morden, Hugh Lupton
Illustrated By: Christina Balit

Mythology is a fascinating subject. While I've been partial to Indian, Norse, Scottish, Welsh, and Greek mythologies, possibly because they are well documented and easy to access, I do enjoy glimpses of African, Australian and SE Asian mythologies.

For a while, the older child was obsessed with Greek and Norse mythologies. That's when we read The Adventures of Odysseus, a Barefoot Book. And like all of their books, this is a winner.

barefoot books odysseus

Having encountered Christina Balit in Atlantis for the first time, both the child and I were thrilled to see her illustrations for this book. This is a chapter book for older readers, possibly 8+, with quite mature presentation. The text flows well but is not exactly kid-friendly, and the story itself obviously has traumatic aspects.

The Prologue sets up the background for the adventure. The island of Ithaca is missing their king, Odysseus, for nine years now, when the book starts. And continues for 14 chapters, ending with the Epilogue. We enjoyed the book in small doses, as I read aloud to the 8 yo, a chapter at a time, often less.

The art work is amazing, to say the least. In fact, Zoo In The Sky and Once Upon A Starry Night grace our bookshelves simply because we can't get enough of the illustrations.

[image source: barefoot books]

Disclosure: While we  received a review copy of the book, the decision to share the book here is my own.


sathish said...

Hi Sheela,

This book reminds me of a book that was published by British Museum during the Olympics. The illustration style etc looks similar (I need to search that book out).

Please suggest some children's books (between 6-12 years)on Norse and Scottish mythology. Sooraj loves Greek, Roman and Indian mythology - I am guessing he would love Norse and Scottish mythology as well.

Sheela said...

Sathish, Just a start...

For Scottish: I liked "Stories from Scotland" by Barbara ker Wilson as well as this lovely website, "Scotland's Stories"

For Norse: Norse Gods & Giants, as well as Book of Norse Myths by Ingri D'Aulaire are tight no-nonsense volumes. In fact, D'Aulaire's books are all good to read - not quite for the very young, but for older kids - they wrote Greek mythology books and others as well (Ingri & Edgar).

sathish said...

Thank you Sheela.

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