Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Odyssey

By Gareth Hinds

 Homer’s classic comes to life in this full color graphic novel by Gareth Hinds.

So this graphic novel is a fun alternative for kids in getting them into the classical greek mythologies. I believe there is another one that is about Beowulf.  I do have some warnings though: it is a graphic novel. If you aren't familiar with them, most of them are like adult primetime, and sometimes a little more...revealing. There are naked men and women, not fully portrayed, but enough to make this girl pretty uncomfortable and itchy for her handy Sharpy to pen in some clothes. There is also a few scenes of gore that were fairly grimace-worthy, but it is a book about war and death and cyclopes and strange creatures. But when Polyphemus bites a dude's head off and the main color on the entire page is red...I get squeemish. So, while this is an alternative to get kids interested, I'd be mighty careful in letting them read it.

I give it a 3 out of 5 because of the graphic nature of this well, graphic novel. But that's sort of like giving demerits to Babe Ruth for hitting a homer...no pun intended.

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