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The One-Eyed Giant and Other Monsters from the Greek Myths

by Anne F. Rockwell

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this book is a collection of Greek myths that involve many of the classical monsters of Greek lore, including the cyclops, the hydra, Medusa, and the minotaur. Since the book is an anthology composed of several greek myths the book lacks a central message, but instead has many messages with each one coming from a different myth. An example of one of these messages come from the passage about the cyclops, Polyphemus, in this tale, Ulysses is able to outsmart the Cyclops rather than try to fight the Cyclops with brute strength leaving the message that intelligence is more valuable than brute strength. overall, this is a very enjoyable book. It provides a glimpse of the classical greek myths while getting younger readers interested in books by focusing on mythical creatures and monsters. I like that the book provides several short stories about different monsters. These short stories can serve as an introduction for the reader into the world of greek myths and may encourage them to seek out more literature to obtain the complete retelling of the epics. An example is the tale of the hydra and Heracles's epic battle against it. If the reader wants to read more about the battle they may then look for more book about Heracles and his quests. Another advantage of the book being an anthology of greek monster myths is that if the reader doesn't care for one monster they can move on to another one that they find more interesting. If a reader doesn't care for the brute strength Heracles uses against the hydra then they may turn to the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur for a more intellectually battle. Another great thing about the book is the use of large illustrations to accompany the stories. the Inclusion of these images is beneficial because it can be hard to imagine what these creates may have looked like, so the inclusion of the illustration gives the reader the general idea of the creatures form. The large images are also inviting to readers because the images give a visual telling of the story to accompany the text, allowing for readers who have trouble reading to understand the general idea of the story. An example is the image of Ulysses escaping on the underside of a goat to escape the cave of the cyclops. The image shows the event the reader that Ulysses escapes after blinding the cyclops and hiding without the reader having to read the text. ( )
  tbaker13 | Oct 13, 2016 |
I preferred this collection to others, because it had short, poignant stories. I was not thrilled with the illustrations, because my son was afraid to look at the pages. Better used for an older audience, like junior high. It did include more unusual; myths alongside the mainstream myths we typically hear. Interesting, very interesting.
  fetta | Jun 7, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688138098, Hardcover)

In fresh retellings and witty, glowing illustrations, Anne Rockwell presents ten famous monsters from Greek mythology, including Polyphemus, the one-eyed Cyclops; the Gorgon Medusa; and the half-bull, half-human Minotaur. Scaly, fanged, horned, or many-headed, the creatures in this collection will delight young and old. Full color.

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Relates ten Greek myths featuring an assortment of fantastic creatures.

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