Robert Byrd The Hero and the Minotaur

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The Hero and the Minotaur

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Lavishly illustrated and impeccably researched, this is a dynamic retelling of one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. Join Theseus as he solves the mystery of his birth, vanquishes a colorful cast of robbers, and volunteers to slay the frightful half-bull, half-man devouring the children of Athens. In a captivating tale for readers of all ages, destinies tragic and glorious splendidly unfold.This is a sure bet for fans of mythology and a wonderful introduction for readers who have not yet discovered the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks.

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Mr. Byrd is a successful commercial artist and children's book illustrator whose award-winning picture books include The Bear and the Bird King. Robert Byrd lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Mr. Byrd is a successful commercial artist and children's book illustrator whose award-winning picture books include The Bear and the Bird King. Robert Byrd lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

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Starred Review. Grade 3-6–From the birth of Greece, wrought by Poseidon's shaking his trident, to Theseus's rule over the mountainous land of the Ancients, this retelling of the hero's mythical adventures is a joy to read. Byrd masterfully interweaves the legends of Aegeus, Heracles, the Minotaur, Ariadne, and Icarus with the story of Theseus. Myths that are normally quite complicated become easy to decipher in this outstanding version, for Byrd tells the tales simply and clearly, including important details and tying up all loose ends so that everything blends together seamlessly. The pen-and-watercolor illustrations are painstakingly drawn and include numerous small period details that heighten the sense of history. The paintings abound in rich Mediterranean colors, and there is a sense of movement on every page. While the heads and feet of the characters may seem disproportionately large, it seems a simple but suitable way to suggest that these characters are larger than life. The influences of ancient Greek art are everywhere, from the key designs on the title page to the carved prow of Theseus's ship; in fact, many of the designs were copied from actual ancient artifacts. The endpaper maps trace the hero's route from Athens to Crete and back and provide a quick visual retelling of the story, using miniature versions of the characters featured in the regular illustrations. Keeping with the tradition of D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths (Random, 1992), Byrd's book is sure to take its rightful place among classic retellings of timeless tales.–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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