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Greek Myths

By Marcia Williams, Marcia Williams (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 01 February 2011

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Grade 1-6-- There's a challenge here for everyone who is sure that another collection of Greek myths will never circulate: put a plain brown wrapper on this oversize book and watch kids fight for what look like comic strips. The eight tales all feature humans, not gods (Pandora, Arion, Orpheus, Heracles, Daedalus, Perseus, Theseus and Arachne), but the funny-looking figures are hardly heroic. Williams's approach is to be faithful in fact and setting, but modern in humour and attitude. The retellings are quite accurate, even down to obscure (and sometimes gruesome) details, but above all they are witty and fast-paced. Plot is compressed into concise captions, but dialogue balloons hold irreverent asides from the cast. The cartoon format is brilliantly colourful, with bright, folk-patterned, decorative borders. It's a triumph of layout: only in the labours of Heracles does the panel design seem congested. Even reluctant readers (let alone closet classicists) will be : drawn to pore over these entrancing pages. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This irreverently funny book is just right for children 9 and up who shy away from anything that smacks of schoolwork and can be a bridge to territory they might otherwise never visit.--Los Angeles Times Williams's approach is to be faithful in fact and setting, but modern in humor and attitude. The retellings are quite accurate . . . but above all they are witty and fast-paced . . . It's a triumph of layout . . . Even reluctant readers (let alone closet classicists) will be drawn to pore over these entrancing pages.--School Library Journal Will persuade a broad range of kids to become culturally literate . . . The cleverly cartooned characters and the ballooned remarks add an irreverent zest . . . Good drawing . . . and time-tested stories raise this several cuts above modern superheroes.--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, recommended review

EAN: 9780763653842
ISBN: 0763653845
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Dimensions: 31.55 x 25.17 x 0.36 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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