The Odyssey

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The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his ten year journey home after the Trojan War. Confronted by threat after threat and adventure after adventure, Odysseus’s courage and cunning are tested to the full before he reaches his homeland. This beautifully illustrated version is the perfect introduction to this ancient classic tale.

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This seemed the perfect book for today as Jan Pienkowski has just been awarded the 2019 BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award. Here at JAB HQ, we are huge fans of his work and have used his books regularly over the years to inspire art work, to encourage writing and for the love of reading so we are delighted by this news and offer our congratulations along with everyone else!

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Each stage of Odysseus’s journey is introduced by a short rhyme, adding to the story telling feel which the story maintains. Vivid, engaging illustrations bring each episode to life, matching the evocative language of the text. The original story has been simplified sympathetically, losing none of the power of the original and a guide at the end of the book explains how the Greek names should be pronounced. This is a brilliant introduction to the adventures of Odysseus which can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Odyssey Jan Pienkowski and David Walser

Puffin ISBN: 978-0241298794

You can read our review of ‘The Glass Mountain’ here.

You can read out review of more books illustrated by Jan Pienkowski here.