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.
It has been a long time since I read The Odyssey in any of its translated forms. Fun for me (and perhaps for you, too) was picking it up and not really remembering much on the stories, therefore rediscovering it all for what felt like the first time.
The illustrations are modern yet have that unmistakable ancient art 'look' to them, which helps the reader visualize all of the fantastical scenarios and creatures found in this heart-wrenching story of loss and suffering. Some illustrations are 'grotesque,' which if you've read any of my reviews before, you will know I am not a big fan of, but overall they add the perfect accompaniment to this book.
This translation is so easy to follow, and will work well for the younger age group the book is targeted towards. I was enthralled as I read it and highly recommend it for every reader at some point. The Iliad and The Odyssey are necessary stories not just for their educational and historical influence, but also for anyone who loves to read and loves the foundational aspects of storytelling.