What I liked is that this adaptation stayed true to the mythology. I also liked that there was phonetic pronunciations of the hard to pronounce Greek names. This is helpful for kids and adults alike. The index and further readings at the ends were also a nice touch and super helpful. Last, but not least, the illustrations were great, but of course I knew they would be!
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Overall, a very good graphic novel, just use your judgment on what age to let your children read it. Feb 18, Rebecca Sofferman rated it liked it Shelves: ya. The classic Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur told in a graphic novel format. In addition, the book includes a guide for teachers and librarians about how to use the book in an educational setting, and a list of essential questions for discussion. This title could be used as a companion to any Greek mythology studies, o The classic Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur told in a graphic novel format.
This title could be used as a companion to any Greek mythology studies, or just as an independent reading book for students who are interested in mythology. The use guide and essential questions in the back are nice additions for teachers. I consider this book to be barely a graphic novel. While the illustrations are fairly well done and definitely help to move the story along, each page has a significant amount of text that is not included in the graphic illustrations. I would rather have seen more of the story told in graphic format.
This would definitely only work for middle school or above. If you would like a better graphic novel of this myth, try the Nel Yomtov version. Mar 09, Emma Hoyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: additional-childrens-book , graphic-novels. I am thoroughly impressed with this retelling of the ancient Greek story of Theseus and the Minotaur. The illustrations are beyond what I expected them to be, and there are underlying themes, symbolism, and context within the illustration.
The story itself is cleverly mastered into language that is suitable for a wide variety of audiences without deviating from the traditional story. I am also impressed at the comprehensiveness of this graphic novel. There are maps within the inside covers to gi I am thoroughly impressed with this retelling of the ancient Greek story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
There are maps within the inside covers to give the story context in the world. There are comprehension and reflection questions listed at the end as a resource. There are pronunciation guides at the bottom for Greek names that are quite foreign to an English-speaking tongue. I would use this in any classroom I teach in above 3rd grade. This is a very versatile book, and ancient stories from culture like Greece are invaluable to modern education in a variety of fashion.
They also broaden the cultural horizons of students, which is always something to attempt in a classroom. Aug 31, Tim Linder rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels-and-comics , folklore-and-mythology , its-all-greco-roman-to-me , adventure. The art is the big draw here and drives the story. Super illustrations; I really dig the artist's style. I had previously read about this Toon Graphics series that was geared at getting kids who are visual learners into different topics thru comics as the medium.
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I wish that it would have gone into some greater detail of the myths why nothing about Minos' mother Europa, who was raped by Zeus in the form of the bull when so much of the story was full of bull motifs Aug 31, Susanne rated it liked it Shelves: middle-grade. The artwork is rich with information and feeling, the map at the end is really interesting, and I like the framework of a story within a story that allows the modern day storyteller to modify parts of the story to suit his audience children and also allows him to give this ancient tale some important historical context.
What I did not like was the awkwardness of the layout and the text and pictures and speech bubbles not flowing together very well. It is easy to get lost on the page. I would s The artwork is rich with information and feeling, the map at the end is really interesting, and I like the framework of a story within a story that allows the modern day storyteller to modify parts of the story to suit his audience children and also allows him to give this ancient tale some important historical context.
I would shelve this and also Orpheus in the Underworld with the Greek myths rather than with the graphic novels. I would recommend to 4th grade and up. Oct 04, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: animals , compassion , death , emotions , families , folk-tales , friendship , heroes , international , mythology.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This graphic novel version of the story of Theseus and his battle with the Minotaur is quite well done, especially in providing background about their parents and their reputations.
The pencil and India ink illustrations have been colored digitally and are quite impressive, showing the full range of human emotions and bringing this myth and its characters to life. Depicted here are betrayal, love, and death, the whole range of human emotions.
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The battle scenes are particularly impressive. Anyone This graphic novel version of the story of Theseus and his battle with the Minotaur is quite well done, especially in providing background about their parents and their reputations. Anyone who enjoys mythology will relish this version of the story. By the time it ends, readers will feel quite sorry for the mighty Theseus who loses both father and would-be wife.
Oct 04, Carol rated it liked it Shelves: classic , comics-graphic-novels , fairytale-folktale-legend. Older elementary kids and above will appreciate this graphic novel version of Theseus and the Minotaur. Younger kids will probably not enjoy it as much as there is a fair amount of text. Also, the well-done illustrations are done in a more classical style which is not always as appealing to young children. Not to mention that the subject matter of the classic myths are more likely to be understood by older kids.
Jan 09, Amy added it Shelves: , j-comics. Trying to think of something more constructive to say other than "boring and forgettable" Aegeus looked like my friend Jason!
I liked that. Hi Jason!! Look -- it's you! View all 3 comments. May 02, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: , graphic-novels. This text packed in the story--I felt nothing was left out or shortened.
Often I find myself objecting to images artists set for me when they don't match up to the images in my head, but this volume expanded my appreciation for the myth. I especially enjoyed the look and color of the maze. Jun 09, Shelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic-novel , non-fiction , my-favorites , historical-ficiton. I love educational graphic novels! A wonderful resource for even the most reluctant of readers : Theseus and the Minotaur is done very well including many components of this story that other shorter versions do not.
Jan 01, Tracy added it Shelves: kid-stuff , comic-books-and-graphic-novels. I've been introducing my kid to greek myths and ran across these at my job. Awesome job. Anyway, I'm trying to get my hands on as many of these books as I can. My 12 year old was incredibly interested and wanted me to read every bit of the book. I enjoyed it. May 23, Emily rated it did not like it. Too many characters, too past paced, unappealing characters. Aug 13, Edward Sullivan rated it liked it Shelves: mythology , graphic-comic-narrative.
A good graphic retelling of the Greek myth but lacks awesomeness of the graphic retellings by George O'Connor. May 27, Lorraine Der added it Shelves: school-booktalks. Library Catalog. Jun 27, Shazzer rated it liked it Shelves: middle-grade , graphic-novels , middle-grade. Very small print makes this somewhat inaccessible for emerging readers, but for older readers, fans of Percy Jackson or mythology in general, this is a fun and exciting read, with beautiful artwork.
Aug 25, Jen added it Shelves: greekmythology , nonfic-graphic-novel-juvenile. Christine rated it liked it Jan 25, Kristen rated it really liked it Dec 04, Kevy Lamb Anderson rated it it was amazing May 06, Harald Groven rated it really liked it Sep 18, Bryson Kopf rated it really liked it Jan 03, Jared rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Brent rated it liked it Oct 05, Lea Ann rated it did not like it Nov 15, Ocean rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Chloe rated it it was ok Feb 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Young Adult. About Yvan Pommaux.
Yvan Pommaux. Yvan Pommaux is a beloved children's book author in France who is known for his detailed research and illustration style. In he was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris. Three schools have been named after him as a testament to the joy and educational appeal of his work for children. Theseus and the Minotaur is Pommaux's first book in English. My heart speeds up slightly at the sight of them so close, so intimate, and I suddenly feel worried about my friend.
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