The Odyssey (Hardcover)

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By Gillian Cross, Neil Packer (Illustrator)
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In this wondrously retold and illustrated ancient story, Odysseus and his men struggle for ten adventure-filled years to reach Ithaca. Bold, colorful, detailed illustrations. (9-13)

— From Folklore and Fairy Tales


A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style -- perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.

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

Gillian Cross is the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Wolf. She lives in England. 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.

Praise For…

Every image seems to have been created with unhurried care; it’s a quiet but monumental piece of work.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

—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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763647919
ISBN-10: 0763647918
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 11th, 2012
Pages: 170
Language: English

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