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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Odysseus is trying to get home after the battle at Troy (with the Trojan horse). But there are many obstacles in his way. Odysseus and his men encounter a Cyclops, a giant one-eyed man who wants to eat them all. When Odysseus' men waste the magical bag of wind given to them by the god of the winds, they find themselves many miles away from home. On the island of Circe, Circe uses her magic to turn Odysseus' men into pigs. Back in the water, Odysseus has to make sure he doesn't listen to the Sirens, beautiful spirit women who sing and draw men into the water. Next, they encounter a many-headed monster, followed by a giant whirlpool that threatens to break their ship on large, sharp rocks. When Odysseus' men steal food from the god of the sea, the god sends a great storm to destroy the ship and wash away the thieves. But throughout this journey, Odysseus never gave up hope that he would return home to his family.
Odysseus by Simon Spence is a picture book that retells the tale of the Odyssey by Homer in an easy way for kids to understand. I love the idea of teaching young children about the Greek gods and their myths. Percy Jackson is one of my son's favorite books and I think young readers will really love this story too. Also, the illustrations and format are gorgeous!