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

 

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Los libros en papel no se venden; la cultura clásica cae en el olvido; los jóvenes no leen. Sin embargo, en 2015, aún se publican libros sobre mitología y textos griegos como la Ilíada y la Odisea, de Homero, ilustrados para niños, tan hermosos como éstos, que traduce bien la inmisericorde, agotadora y clínica violencia en la Ilíada, y la turbadora magia (negra) de la realidad, aun poblada de monstruos y hechiceras, de la Odisea.
Véase la página web de este ilustrador británico educado en Libia.

 

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Paper books are no longer selling; Classical culture is forgotten; young people no longer read! Yet in 2015 books on mythology, based on ancient greek Homeric texts as beautiful as these translations of The Odyssey and The Iliad are still being published. Illustrated for children; they capture the (black) magic of reality and its relentless exhausting and clinical violence, in a time still populated by monsters and witches.

See the website of the British illustrator.

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