L’ILIADE, D’APRÈS HOMÈRE – RACONTÉE PAR GILLIAN CROSS ET ILLUSTRÉE PAR NEIL PACKER

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Cette réécriture de L’Iliade, proposée par Gillian Cross, est une excellente synthèse du récit homérique. Entre jalousie, vengeance, amour, orgueil et honneur, l’auteur parvient tout à fait à transmettre et expliquer aux jeunes lecteurs ce chef-d’œuvre de la littérature antique. Son travail est soutenu par celui de Neil Packer, l’illustrateur, qui, avec beaucoup de talent et de modernisme, parvient à réinventer l’esthétique gréco-romaine du VIIe-Ve siècle avant J.-C.

Pour une première approche complète et néanmoins simplifiée de l’un des textes fondateurs de la littérature occidentale. Il y a une très belle page qui pose en miroir le côté Grec et le côté Troyen. Un excellent travail qui mérite le coup d’œil !

La Repubblica – review of The Iliad.

The Iliad

 

Sorpresa, è l’Iliade il baby bestseller.
Per il Guardian è uno dei 10 libri per bambini più belli del 2015. L’associazione dei bibliotecari inglesi consiglia di comprarlo a tutte le scuole elementari della nazione, ma anche di leggerlo se si è un po’ più grandicelli e anche se si è proprio grandi e lo si è già letto d amato in precedenza in altre versioni. Dell’Iliade di Omero, in effetti, non ci si può mai stancare. Ora questo libro primordiale, da cui discende tutta la letteratura del mondo, ritorna per il pubblico dei più piccini, ma non solo per quello, edito da Walker Books, raccontato da Gillian Cross e illustrato da Neil Packer, la stessa coppia che qualche anno or sono aveva prodotto con successo una Odissea per bambini.
L’opinione dei critici d’Inghilterra è che l’operazione sia pienamente riuscita: i disegni sono magnifici, la trama viene inevitabilmente ridotta e semplificata, ma la poesia del linguaggio risuona come in un testo per adulti. E per quanto gli dei facciano anche qui la loro parte, in primo piano ci sono i greci e i troiani, rendendo l’epica vicenda di Achille, Ettore, Ulisse ed Elena più una storia di forza e di fragilità umana che una battaglia decisa dal volere divino. Il risultato è “credibile e memorabile” al tempo stesso, afferma un recensore londinese.
Esiste forse, del resto, una fiaba più fantastica, romantica e drammatica della “guerra di Troia”? Leggerla da bambini, oltretutto, può farla amare come non sempre capita a chi incontra per la prima volta soltanto a scuola il Pelide Achille e la sua ira funesta, senza comprenderne, se non ha l’insegnante giusto, l’eterna grandezza.
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The Irish Times : Children’s books for the Christmas stocking.

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One of the most enduring of ancient stories, Homer’s epic The Iliad comes to our attention once again, this time in a stunning version by Gillian Cross, with artwork by Neil Packer (Walker Books, £17.99).
The complexities of warfare are unravelled in a manner which alerts the reader to its tragedies and heroics. Episodes of high drama interweave with moments of poignancy and, in a succession of vivid characterisations, humanity is depicted in its numerous strengths and weaknesses.

Robert Dunbar

The Irish Times

 

The Guardian – The best children’s books of 2015 – The Iliad

The Iliad

 

A sumptuous book with stunning illustrations, this retelling by award-winning Gillian Cross keeps the stories simple but the language resonant. While the gods are always near at hand, it is the Greeks and Trojans who are at the forefront of the drama, making this more a story of human strength and frailty than a battle between divinities. The result is both credible and memorable. (9+)

Julia Eccleshare

 

 

Bookpage / Review of The Iliad

The Iliad

 

Another classic tale gets a redo with Gillian Cross’ retelling of Homer’s The Iliad, with striking illustrations by Neil Packer. The duo previously collaborated on The Odyssey, and both books make an excellent introduction for middle schoolers discovering these ancient tales for the first time. Cross’ text is riveting, elegant and accessible, bringing epic battle scenes to life: “The Greeks threw huge rocks down onto them, but the Trojans replied by hurling bigger stones at the wall. They flew like snow in blizzard, clanging against helmets and shields and covering the ground.” Packer’s artwork is contemporary, colorful, dramatic and just right for luring in a preteen audience. A helpful introduction, an informative afterword and a reference spread showing the names and faces of major characters and their allegiances are also included.

 

Alice Cary

Edinburgh international book festival

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Our Children & Education Programme Director, and general children’s book guru, Janet Smyth recommends The Iliad, retold by Gillian Cross and boldly illustrated by Neil Packer.

‘This is a beautifully sumptuous retelling of Homer’s Iliad in a way that is wonderfully accessible for readers from around 8 upwards, whilst still appealing to more mature readers. Neil Packer’s illustrations have richness, depth and character that complement the simple narrative by Gillian Cross. A perfect introduction to this timeless story.’

Perfect for: children aged 8+ with a fascination for myths & legends.

Creators.com / Books make the best presents

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“‘The Iliad’ for kids?” asked a friend. And yes, it works. Gillian Cross’ retelling of Homer’s epic story captures the heroism and savagery of war and proves why “The Iliad” has been called the greatest literary achievement of Greek civilization.

Neil Packer’s colorful, detailed illustrations draw the reader into the emotions and struggles of the characters and also capture the beauty around them. The active text is appropriate for readers eight to 14, but with all the magnificent illustrations, it’s beautiful enough to be more than just a novel.

 

Lee Littlewood: The Creators Syndicate.

Wall Street Journal, the best books to give children.

Very happy to see that The Iliad has made it onto the Wall Street Journal’s Christmas round-up. Genuinely thrilled to have my my work described as “arrestingly weird” possibly the nicest thing anyone has ever said about it.

The Iliad / Neil Packer

 

Something of the same logic pertains with Gillian Cross’s excellent retelling of the first Homeric epic in “The Iliad” (Candlewick, 160 pages, $19.99), which, like her retold “Odyssey” (2012), gains richness and power from Neil Packer’s arrestingly weird illustrations. Children ought to know about this cultural treasure—not just the famous bit about the Trojan Horse, which brought an end to the Greek armies’ 10-year siege of ancient Troy, but also the petulance of Achilles, the nobility of Hector and the whims of the fickle gods of Olympus.

 

Meghan Cox Gurdon / The Wall Street Journal.