Synopses & Reviews
"In this stunning, heavily illustrated retelling, Cross (Where I Belong) gives shivery life to Homer's saga, keeping the suspense taut and recounting the story's most disturbing events without flinching. When giant, loutish Laestrygonians slaughter boatloads of Odysseus's men, the survivors are horrorstruck ('Sobbing with grief and shock, the sailors pulled away from that hateful shore').When Odysseus travels to the Land of the Dead, ghosts crowd around the visitors: 'Old men with gray hair brushed against newly married brides.' Not until the final pages do the gods allow Odysseus a measure of triumph. While Cross's prose makes Odysseus's journey not just accessible but thrilling, the book really belongs to Packer. Some of his images look like the friezes on the sides of Greek kraters; others are full-color portraits of gaunt warriors with haunted gazes or caricatures of their Bosch-like adversaries. Humor and horror coexist; sirens like patrician socialites lounge disdainfully above the buried skeletons of those they've lured to their deaths. Every image seems to have been created with unhurried care; it's a quiet but monumental piece of work. Ages 8 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
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 Odysseuss journey!" he says. He lives in London.