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Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey

“2001: A Space Odyssey” is an epic sci-fi film produced by Stanley Kubrick in 1968, which became a milestone in the development of fiction movies and world cinematography. The producer, inspired by the Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”, gave the film its name. Kubrick said: “It occurred to us that for the Greeks the vast stretches of the sea must have had the same sort of mystery and remoteness that space has for our generation”. The plot of the film concerns f(...)

audiovisual

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


David Almond

A Song for Ella Grey

A Song For Ella Grey is a non-linear retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice set in contemporary Newcastle, from the point of view of Claire, Ella’s best friend and lover. Claire disapproves of Ella’s relationship with Orpheus, and is gradually left behind by Ella to witness their love and subsequent deaths. Claire and Ella are seventeen, and Orpheus is described as looking in his early twenties, though it is hinted that he may be much older.Part 1 – Present DayClaire is in love with(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Juliet Rix, Juliet Snape

A-Maze-Ing Minotaur

This picture book retells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Its retelling is unusual in that the text is framed on each left page, with a split-level illustration spreading across each pair of pages. In the top illustration (usually taking up two-thirds of the image) is the story of King Minos and his action; the lower illustration (one-third) reveals the Minotaur, lurking below. The style of the illustration is influenced by Minoan art, with bright colours, clothing, and wall-decorations, (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Talleen Hacikyan, Michael Rosen

Aesop's Fables

Aesop [an introduction to Aesop by Dr J.R.C. Cousland, Univ. British Columbia]Dog and WolfFox and GrapesCrow and FoxLion, Fox and WolfWolf and LambMouse and LionFrog and BullCockerel, Dog and FoxMosquito, Lion and SpiderFir Tree and ThornbushThe Axe and the TreesPartridge and the Fighting CocksTown Mouse and Country MouseEach story is laid out with one page for the tale and a full page illustration on the facing page. The myths are told in simple, direct language (note the minimal use of article(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Lou Kuenzler , Jill Newton

Aesop’s Awesome Rhymes (Series, Book 7): The Grasshopper and the Ants

This story for young readers uses rhyme, illustration, and inset speeches to deliver a comic version of Aesop’s fable, The Grasshopper and the Ants. It is told in iambic tetrameter, and opens with a brief explanation of who Aesop was, showing an image of him sitting on a log talking to a group of girls and boys, then explaining: ‘This fable warns you not to shirk/ while other people do the work!’(5)The fable begins, setting the scene, showing the ants working, and Jim, the gras(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Vivian French , Korky Paul

Aesop’s Funky Fables

The work is a selection of Aesop’s Fables, retold for children in verse and prose, using rap and humorous techniques. All retellings have humorous illustrations, in a mixture of watercolours and line drawings.  The Fox and the Crow (8-13) is told in verse, using rap techniques of repetition and other poetic techniques: e.g. ‘Brother CrowPuffed up his feathers with pridePuffed up his feathersPuffed upPuffedAnd opened his beak wide.  “CAW!” said the crow&ldqu(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Chris Capstick , Monika Filipina

Alexander the Great Dane

This light-hearted story is set in an ancient Egypt ruled by giant cats. The giant cats unfairly favour the normal-sized cats, leaving dogs to do all the work. This injustice has persisted for generations, until "a young pup called Alexander" left his care-free youth behind him to enter a world of toil and decided to lead the dogs in throwing off the shackles of their oppressors. True to the genre of books for young children, Alexander asks dogs of various occupations for their views o(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jamila Gavin, David Parkins

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster?

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster? introduces young readers to ancient history via biography. The birth to death format follows the traditions of biography, while the narrative also moves forward and backwards in parts, with the narrator recalling previous events or anticipating events that will occur later. The story is punctuated by mythic tales which are introduced as if being told to soldiers in the story. These embedded myths are well chosen to reflect what is happening in the main(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jane Bingham , Robin Lawrie, Anne Millard

Alexander the Great. Usborne Young Reading Series 3

This title introduces young readers to biography and history, with elements of geography and politics, in a title that also encourages developing literacy through the use of fairly complex vocabulary and delivery in a relatively lengthy volume. The format is birth to death, following the traditions of biography. A map of Alexander's empire opens the work and orientates the reader, and this is followed by ten chapters on Alexander's life, in which text and image are interspersed; most pag(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Michael Townsend

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Greek Mythology

This book contains nine mythological tales written in comic form. First there is a brief introduction of various creatures of Greek mythology, such as the Cyclops, centaurs, Satyrs, Nymphs Pegasus but also made-for laugh ones such as a fairy goat or Mer-Donkey. There is an emphasis on the natural world of ancient Greece, where there was no technology, and on monsters, heroes and gods. The Olympian gods are mentioned, with the exclusion of Hephaestus and Ares, although Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joe Lillington, Iris Volant

Ancient Warriors

Ancient Warriors is divided as follows: overview of specific armies; short biographies of military leaders; overviews of battles throughout history. The book covers the Bronze Age until the 14th Century CE and features armies such as the Mayans (p. 12-13), the Romans (p. 24-28), the Huns (p. 34-35), the Vikings (p. 42-43), and the Samurai (p. 50-51). These armies are arranged chronologically and are described along with their respective military leaders such as Ramesses II (p.16-17), Alexander t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

Antony and Cleopatra

The book belongs to the series by Andrew Matthews, where classic plays of William Shakespeare are retold. The story about Antony and Cleopatra is told in a form of recollections of Servius, one of Antony’s loyal soldiers. Servius goes back to recall memories from the day when he was listening to Antony giving a speech over Caesar's body. Shortly afterward, Servius was appointed to be Antony’s Centurion. Since that moment, the soldier’s memories overlap with the events known(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Imogen Greenberg , Isabel Greenberg

Athena: The Story of a Goddess

This a humorous, illustrated, modern re-telling of the myths of Athena for a younger audience using elements of graphic novel storytelling. Some of the myths told are directly connected to Athena, but this expands into a re-telling of the myths around the Trojan War. This is preceded by a short introduction of each of the main characters of the book, both gods and heroes. The individual myths are not separated by headings, but flow into each other, almost like a biography of Athena. The myths co(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Brett Bean , Lucy Coats

Beasts of Olympus (Series): Beasts Keeper; Hound of Hades / Steeds of the Gods / Dragon Healer / Centaur School; Zeus’s Eagle / Gods of the North / The Unicorn Emergency

Beast of Olympus (series). The most recent installment published November 22, 2017:Part 1, Beasts Keeper, 2015.Part 2, Hound of Hades, 2015. Part 3, Steeds of the Gods, 2015. Part 4, Dragon Healer, 2015.Part 5, Centaur School, 2016. Part 6, Zeus’s Eagle, 2016. Part 7, Gods of the North, 2017. Part 8, The Unicorn Emergency, 2018 (not yet published).A young boy called Demon (his full name is Pandemonius) who was taken from his mother by the god Pan (his father) (...)

literary

YEAR: 2015-2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Caesar III

In Caesar III, users play as a Roman governor, sent by Caesar to rule new provinces across the world. To complete each scenario, and rise in rank, they must build cities that meet the required levels of Population, Culture, Peace, Prosperity and Favour. With each success, the player is given the choice of governing either a peaceful or militaristic Province, meaning they direct whether they want to focus on cultural marvels and luxuries, or battling Rome’s enemies.Starting with nothing but(...)

electronic

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Philip Reeve, Margaret Simpson

Cleopatra and Her Asp

The book is an unusual form of Cleopatra’s biography, a fictional diary of the Queen that uses elements of comic books. The playful form reflects its target audience of children and teenagers. It includes an introduction about the Ptolemaic dynasty and the situation in ancient Egypt at the beginning of Cleopatra’s reign. All the events in the book are in chronological order – we learn what happens from the moment Cleopatra becomes queen until her death. The author uses diary en(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Adèle Geras , Mark P. Robertson

Cleopatra: Discover the World of Cleopatra through the Diary of Her Handmaiden, Nefret

Cleopatra VII, one of the greatest queens in history, lived in Greco-Roman times in Egypt. At the beginning of the book, when the queen is described, the reader can recognise an almost direct quotation from Plutarch of Chaeronea*. The narrator is a ten-year old girl named Nefret. She goes to the queen’s palace to work as her handmaiden. This gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the customs and everyday life in Hellenistic Alexandria. Nefret meets Cleopatra when she is mourning&n(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Clint Twist

Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

A heavily illustrated biography of Cleopatra. The introduction shows Cleopatra as a popular icon through the ages. Chronological description of events opens with background information about Alexander the Great, Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt and ends with Cleopatra’s death. The inclusion of a fictional diary enables the reader to imagine how Cleopatra felt. Numerous illustrations (paintings, engravings, sculptures etc.) enrich the reader’s experience and provide additional information. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gerry Bailey , Karen Foster

Cleopatra’s Coin

The book is part of the series Stories of Great People. The narration starts when Digby Platt and her sister Hannah Platt approach Mr. Rummage’s stand. They find an old coin in a pile of old items. Mr. Rummage asks the children if they know whose face is on the coin. The children don't know so Mr. Rummage begins to tell them the story of Cleopatra VII. He talks about the origins of the coin, where the queen's dynasty came from and how big her family was. In addition, the shopkeeper(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gerald Vinestock, G. William

Crib and the Labours of Hercules

Crib (short for Christabel) is a 10 year old clever and tomboyish girl, who has gone with her parents to visit relatives in Greece. While she stays with her uncle and aunt and looks after their horses, she hears on the news that strange phenomena are occurring: all the fierce monsters whom the legendary Hercules had vanquished eons ago, have suddenly returned to life and are hurting the local people. The government is desperate for a new Hercules to save the day. Crib’s uncle, Jonathan, a (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Mahy

Dangerous Spaces

In Dangerous Spaces, set on the Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand, Margaret Mahy explores the myth of Demeter and Persephone through a story about two cousins, Flora and Anthea, who travel by means of a magical stereoscope machine to a mythical realm, called Viridian. Anthea’s parents have died in a sailing accident, and she has come to live with Flora’s family, in the old house her parents are slowly renovating. This house was built by the cousins’ grandfathe(...)

literary

YEAR: 1986

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Russell T. Davies, Brian Minchin, James Moran, Colin Teague

Doctor Who (Series, S04E02): The Fires of Pompeii

‘The Fires of Pompeii’ was typical of the revived, 21st-century series of Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present) with its abandonment of educational themes for ‘pure’ science-fiction, and pseudo-historical storytelling. Filmed using the same sets as the 2005-7 HBO/BBC Two series Rome, the episode attempted to present the same level of historical accuracy of costuming and set-design, while taking liberties with scripting. Aspects of Roman religion and myth – (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Lindsey Alford , Toby Haynes, Steven Moffat

Doctor Who (Series, S05E12-13): The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

‘The Pandorica Opens’ and ‘The Big Bang’ contain numerous mash-ups of Classical myth and history. The two-part story opens with the Doctor (in his Eleventh incarnation, played by Matt Smith) and his companion, Amy Pond, arriving in Roman Britain in AD 102, where they find the Doctor’s past and future wife, River Song, impersonating the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra VII. The ‘Pandorica’ of the title is a direct reference to Pandora’s Box: an advanced pr(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


​Bob Baker, ​Dave Martin , ​Anthony Read , Norman Stewart

Doctor Who (Series, Season 15): Underworld

‘Underworld’ was typical of mid-1970s Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present), in what is still regarded as its most successful period. Scripts in the era of the Fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker) – with his enormous, multi-coloured scarf, and the ability to switch between high comedy and serious drama – delved regularly into mythological, historical, and literary themes that were already well-known to the family audiences. These were often transposed from their original, E(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Christopher Barry, Dennis Spooner

Doctor Who (Series, Season 2): The Romans (The Slave Traders / All Roads Lead to Rome / Conspiracy / Inferno)

‘The Romans’ is a key example of the early format of Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present), which sought to mix science-fiction adventures with historically-themed storylines (as an extension of its intended educational role). A playful comedy, the story sees the crew of the TARDIS (the time/space machine) materialise in the countryside outside Ancient Rome, and take a well-earned holiday at an abandoned Roman villa. Their rest is soon disturbed, however, when Barbara Wright and (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Donald Cotton, Michael Leeston-Smith, Donald Tosh

Doctor Who (Series, Season 3): The Myth Makers

‘The Myth Makers’ continued the early tendency of Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present) to mix science-fiction adventures with historically-themed storylines (as an extension of its intended educational role). The story sees the crew of the TARDIS (the time/space machine) materialise in Bronze-Age Asia Minor, just outside the walls of Troy (at the very moment when Achilles slays the Trojan champion Hector; indeed causing the death of the Trojan prince). The Doctor (an alien &lsqu(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gerry Davis, ​Geoffrey Orme, Julia Smith

Doctor Who (Series, Season 4): The Underwater Menace

‘The Underwater Menace’ was typical of mid-1960s Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present) and its turn away from the strictly historical, and educational, storylines of the early ‘60s, towards purely science-fiction and adventure stories. The story sees the crew of the TARDIS (the time/space machine) materialise on an island inhabited by the survivors of the lost city of Atlantis. The Doctor (an alien ‘Time Lord’ from the Planet Gallifrey) and his companions (Ben, Polly(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1967

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Paul Bernard, Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts, Robert Sloman

Doctor Who (Series, Season 9): The Time Monster

‘The Time Monster’ was typical of early-1970s Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present) and its focus on a large regular supporting cast (the United Nations Intelligence Task Force – UNIT), Earth-bound alien invasions, and espionage themes. The story sees the Doctor (an alien ‘Time Lord’ from the Planet Gallifrey, in exile on ‘present-day’ Earth) and his companions (Jo Grant and the officers and men of UNIT) investigating strange time-travel experiments (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1972

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Douglas Adams, ​Bob Baker, Nick Hurran , Peter Ling, David Maloney, ​Dave Martin , Kenny McBain, Steven Moffat, ​Anthony Read , Derrick Sherwin, Norman Stewart , ​Toby Whithouse

Doctor Who's Labyrinth Themed Episodes (Series, Seasons 6,15,17): The Mind Robber / Underworld / The Horns of Nimon / The God Complex

The myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur has been a fixture of the children’s TV sci-fi/drama series Doctor Who since the 1960s. The familiarity of school-aged children with this myth was doubly-ensured by the persistent emphasis on the Classics in British education (particularly in the middle-class context) well into the last decades of the 20th century. As well as featuring in ‘The Time Monster’ (1972) – starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor – the theme (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ingri and Edggar, Per Ola and Nils M. P. D’Aulaires

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

This is a revised edition of a 1962 book. The writing and illustrations appear to be the same as in the original. The book covers mainly the genealogy and myths related to the Olympian gods, adapted for children (Gaia “falls in love with Uranus”, Zeus “marries” mortals etc.). It is a very detailed book that covers a large and varied range of stories, relating to the gods and mortals. It gives a description of the different traits of the gods as well as individual myths ab(...)

literary

YEAR: 1962

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Atalanta

Atalanta offers a retelling of the myths of Atalanta the huntress for a young audience. The retelling takes a biographical form, opening with Atalanta's early childhood and ending with her living out 'the rest of [her] days'. This retelling might be considered a feminist retelling of the myths, as the narrator encourages the reader to approve of Atalanta's skills and independence of mind and to disagree with those who wish to limit her actions because she is female. This has the (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Odysseus

This is a retelling of Homer's Odyssey with myths based on the Epic Cycle used for additional material. The narrative order of the Odyssey is rejected in favour of a chronological approach. Most of the gods are helpful in this retelling. The 'sea-god' alone persecutes Odysseus, and as Odysseus is not shown to be responsible for what incurred the sea-god's wrath, Odysseus appears a highly sympathetic figure. The story includes violence, but extreme violence and sex are avoided to (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Colm Lawton , Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Theseus

Theseus is part of a series of storybook myths aimed at very young readers. Each two-page spread combines a full-page illustration and a page of text. The text is presented in an informal style, in a Comic Sans-like font, while the illustrations present the characters as wide-eyed and childlike. The story begins with an introduction to Theseus, including the information that ion that he grew up without his father. We learn that Theseus eventually became strong enough to lift the rock that covere(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ollie Cuthbertson, Gary Smailes

EDGE: Battle Books (Series): Marathon

This is a choose-your-own-adventure story in which the basic premise is established and the reader then makes choices that determine the development and out-come of the story. In Marathon the reader plays as Miltiades the general. Based on the choices made, the reader will then receive a ranking on their performance as general, poor, ok, good, or great, and the outcome of the battle will be either death, partial victory, or complete victory. The reader will be prompted to consider many aspects o(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 3): Hercules

In this choose-your-own-path book, the reader is Hercules. Hercules joins the voyage of the Argo and needs to help Jason makes decision and later find his lost friend, Hylas while facing various adventures and overcoming obstacles.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 5): Athena

In this choose-your-own-path, the reader is Athena. Athena is punished by the gods because she helped Odysseus evade Hera’s traps. Hera and Poseidon would like to avenge these acts by punishing Athena and stripping her of her divine powers. Athena now becomes a mortal and must face challenges before she can confront Zeus and plead for her innocence. On her way to Mt. Olympus, Athena encounters mysterious creatures and faces real danger. She is chased by the fierce hunter Orion and his hunt(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Efua Theodora Sutherland

Edufa

In her three-act play, Efua Sutherland, depicts the life of a traditional and influential Ghanaian man, Edufa, whose pride and stubbornness results to the death of his wife, Ampoma. Set in a little Ghanaian community, the story begins with a prologue that introduces characters and the dramatic events that will ensue. In the prologue, Edufa’s sister, Abena, patiently sits in the courtyard, gathering dew in a black pot. As the prologue reveals, the dew she collects, along the water that she (...)

literary

YEAR: 1967

COUNTRY: Ghana United Kingdom


Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

In this book, the author plays with the tradition of bestiaries and introduces the audience to ‘Wizard–Magical Creatures Studies’. Her name does not appear on the cover of the book and the work is credited to ‘Newt Scamander’ who in the Harry Potter universe wrote this textbook – we see it on Harry’s supply list for his first year. It contains the history of Magizoology and describes 85 magical species from all around the world. In the edition from 2017 (...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joanne Kathleen Rowling, David Yates

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Although the movie has the same title as the book [see the entry] written in 2001, it is a completely separate “prequel” story about the fictional author of the said text, Newt Scamander. The story starts in 1926, when the not-yet-famous magizoologist comes to New York with a mysterious suitcase which, as we learn later, contains various magical creatures. The main purpose is to release one of them to its natural habitat in Arizona, however along the way things get complicated. (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Jan Lewis, Saviour Pirotta

First Greek Myths (Series): Pegasus the Flying Horse

This book is part of an Easy-to Read series accompanied by colorful illustrations (Orchard Colour Crunchies). It is part of a ten-book series on Greek myths.This story narrates the fight of Bellerophon and Pegasus against the Chimera. The story begins with a description of the monstrous Chimera and the king’s request to Bellerophon to neutralize it. Bellerophon consults a magician who advises him to catch the flying horse, Pegasus, in order to vanquish the Chimera. Bellerophon waits for Pe(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Stella Caldwell

Gods, Heroes and Monsters: Discover the Wonders of the Ancient Greek Myths (by Selene Nicolaides)

This book explains the core Greek myths. Its cover features a sepia-toned image of the Minotaur and Theseus. It has a frame narrative, in which "Selene Nicolaides," the daughter of a museum director, explains that she found a mysterious box belonging to her father, one which held objects of value from the Ancient Greeks, objects that had been smuggled out of Ancient Greece. Knowing they must be returned, she arranged for them to be sent to the Athens Museum; they appear in the pages of(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Charles Front , James Mason

Greek Heroes and Monsters

The book starts off with an introduction to ‘the Greeks’ which explains why people now visit Greece, namely because they are drawn to its holiday places. This leads into a discussion of a key aspect of life in ancient Greece: storytelling. Among the illustrations in this section is an ancient Greek vase-painting showing a storyteller saying words that translate as ‘once upon a time…’ (p. 3). These words become the opening of the first of two stories narrated in the(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Cari Meister, Nadine Takvorian

Greek Myths (Series): Odysseus and the Cyclops

This book illustrates the encounter between Odysseus and his crew and the Cyclops Polyphemus. The book briefly introduces Odysseus and his return from Troy, prior to his meeting with the Cyclops. In the end, due to Odysseus’ ingenuity, the Greeks manage to escape the cave and the Cyclops is shunned by his peers.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Heather Amery, Linda Edwards

Greek Myths for Young Children

This is a highly illustrated volume of myths retold for children. Contents:1. About the Greek Myths2. The Gift of Fire3. Pandora's Box4. Persephone and the Seasons5. The Story of Arachne6. The Many Tasks of Heracles (Intro, plus 12 Labours)7. Echo and Narcissus8. Daedalus and Icarus9. Bellerophon and the Flying Horse10. Jason and the Golden Fleece (Intro, Argo Sets Sail, The Harpies, The Clashing Rocks, Fire-Breathing Bulls and Dragon(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Carole Hénaff, Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden

Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales

Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales is a highly illustrated retelling of the myths of Demeter and Persephone, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus and Eurydice. There is at least one illustration on almost every facing pair of pages with the illustrations setting the events in antiquity. Each myth is divided into chapters in the manner of a novel.Demeter and Persephone begins by prompting the reader to imagine a tri-part world, Olympus above, the world of mortals, and the realm of the dead below. P(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Alison Murray

Hare and Tortoise. The Favourite Aesop's Fable

This is a retelling of the traditional myth of the Hare and the Tortoise, accompanied by lavish, charming, full-page illustrations. When the characters are introduced, the narrative pauses for two pages of semi-humorous pseudo-scientific / betting form style profiles of Hare then Tortoise. This includes one page of labelled diagram (e.g. Head – perhaps a little bit big... Whiskers – extra twitchy), and one page listing key attributes (e.g. Hare can't stay still, but can run throu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter, the main character of the series, is an orphan living with his uncle and aunt, who treat him like, to put it delicately, a spare wheel. One day, on his 11th birthday, he gets an extraordinary letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (delivered by Hagrid, half-giant, later, one of his best friends), with an invitation to start his year as a student wizard. He also learns (mainly from Hagrid) about his past and his greatest enemy – Lord Voldemort, dark and evil wi(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Tony Ross , Francesca Simon

Helping Hercules

Helping Hercules tells the story of a young girl named Susan who does not want to help or do chores at home. She finds a magic coin that takes her back to Ancient Greece where she becomes entangled in scenarios from Greek mythology - she has to help Hercules clean out Augeuean stables, help Orpheus get Eurydice back from Hades, help Paris choose between the goddesses, help Bellerophon capture Pegasus to find the chimera, fight Medusa, deal with Midas, and help Hercules get the apples from the Ga(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Geraldine McCaughrean

Hercules

The book narrates the life of Hercules, from his early youth to his tragic death and following deification (or rather becoming a constellation). Due to the subject matter and the mentions of murder and tragic deaths the book is more suitable for older children. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Tony Bradman , Steve May

Hercules the Hero

In five illustrated chapters, Bradman tells the story of Hercules the Hero. In Chapter One, Trouble with a goddess, we learn of Hercules’ unusual powers and Hera’s enmity towards him. In Chapter Two, Some interesting little jobs, Hercules tackles the Nemean Lion and the Hydra. In Chapter Three, A few busy weeks, Hercules captures the Deer With The Golden Horns and the Brutal Board and cleanses the Augean stables. He shoots down the Bronze Birds of Stymphalos, wrestles with the Great (...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Series, S00E02): Hercules and the Lost Kingdom

This film’s narrative finds little direct precedent within ancient mythology but draws upon several identifiable themes/tropes for inspiration. After successfully saving a village from a giant, Hercules is approached by a messenger who asks for the hero’s help: his people have been forced out of their home-town, the “lost kingdom” of Troy. Zeus reveals that Hera caused the disappearance of Troy and, in order to find it, Hercules requires the “true compass”. &n(...)

audiovisual

COUNTRY: New Zealand United Kingdom


Linda Cavallini, Alex Frith

Hercules: The World's Strongest Man

This is a retelling of the story of Hercules aimed to encourage reading; the story was developed at the University of Roehampton with consultation with Alison Kelly, Senior Lecturer. The story follows Hercules after he kills his family and on his 12 labors, until he is forgiven by the gods. At the end we have a short summary of how Hera tried to kill Hercules as an infant and how he joined the Argonauts.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


James Reeves, Sara Silcock

Heroes and Monsters: Legends of Ancient Greece

This is an anthology book for children which presents the key figures and stories from classical mythology. The chapters are lightly illustrated, with one or two line drawings per chapter. Introduction.Pronunciation Guide (and map of Ancient Greece).The Beginning of Man: Prometheus and Pandora. Winter and Summer: Demeter and Persephone. Daedalus and Icarus.Phaeton’s Journey.King Midas (divided into ‘The Golden Touch’ and ‘A Pair of Ass’s Ears&rsq(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Tom Kindley

Heroes of the Night Sky. The Greek Myths Behind the Constellations

This is a collection of myths told for teenagers, with emphasis on stylised illustration, constellation name aetiologies, and some moral lessons. The myths included are:Ursa Major (The Great Bear)PegasusAndromedaHerculesLyre (The Lyre)Corona Borealis (Northern Crown)Orion and ScorpiusCorvus (The Crow)Centaurus (The Centaur)Ophiucus (The Serpent Bearer)(...)

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YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 1): Here Comes Hercules!

This is book 1 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. In this book we meet our protagonist, Tim Baker. We are initially informed that Tim’s mother works long hours to provide for her family, so he needs to help with the housework. While cleaning, Tim accidentally breaks a large Greek vase, decorated with a s(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 2): Hera’s Terrible Trap!

This is book 2 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. In the first book of the series, Tim Baker, our hero, discovered the mythological Hercules was trapped in an old vase Tim had at home. He also discovered that it was Hera, who locked Hercules there since she was jealous of his beautiful mother. In this book, Ti(...)

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YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 3): Arachne Golden Gloves

This is book 3 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is a series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. Tim Baker, the school-child hero of the book is doing the housework since his mother is busy with her jobs. He catches a spider, and is very interested in it. Yet his mother is afraid of it. Tim decides not to kill the animal but rather set it free outside. H(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 4): Problem with Pythagoras

This is book 4 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is a series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. Our hero, Tim Baker, faces two difficult problems. The first- a failing math test. The other- his mother's new boyfriend who happens to be a teacher from his school, Larry Green. Tim is dumbfounded and is not sure how to react to this awkward situation. H(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 5): Apollo's Mystic Message

This is book 5 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes At the end of the previous book, Tim Baker was told by his mother's boyfriend (and his school teacher), Larry Green, that there is a vase at the British Museum which depicts an image of a modern boy holding a vase. At first, Tim is reluctant to believe it is(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Okot P’Bitek

Horn of My Love

Work in progress(...)

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YEAR: 1974

COUNTRY: Uganda United Kingdom


Martin Brown , William Terence Deary

Horrible Histories (Series): The Groovy Greeks

A humorous overview of the mythology and history of Ancient Greece. After an introduction to Greek ‘gruesome gods’ and ‘petrifying plays and electrifying epics’, Deary zooms in on the ‘savage Spartans’ and the ‘odd Athenians’. He then summarises the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, before giving an entertaining account of the life and deeds of ‘Alexander the Great-er’. The following chapters describe how Ancient Greeks thought, lived, an(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Lopez, Barrie Wade

Icarus, the Boy Who Flew

This simple illustrated text for beginning readers, with copious illustrations and short sentences, retells the myth of Icarus, showing Icarus living with his father, Daedalus, a "great inventor." (p. 5) After the king asks Daedalus to build a maze to hide a "terrible secret," (p. 7) he imprisons Daedalus and Icarus in a high tower. "They knew the king’s secret, so they could never leave." (p. 8) They collect the feathers left by the birds who come to pick up (...)

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YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Simona Bursi, Linda Cavallini, Susanna Davidson, Alex Frith , Anne Millard, Matteo Pincelli, Russell Punter, Lesley Sims , Louie Stowell

Illustrated Stories From the Greek Myths

Illustrated Stories From the Greek Myths is a highly illustrated collection of short stories for children or young teens.Contents:The Wooden Horse: Russell Punter (Author) and Matteo Pincelli (Illustrator),The Minotaur: Russell Punter (Author) and Linda Cavallini (Illustrator),Bellerophon and Pegasus: Susanna Davidson (Author) and Simona Bursi (Illustrator),The Twelve Tasks of Heracles: Alex Frith (Author) and Matteo Pincelli (Illustrator),Perseus and the Gorgon: Lesley Sims (Author) a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ian Andrews, Penelope Lively

In Search of a Homeland

This is a retelling of the post-homeric story of the Aeneid and of the origins of Rome.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Adèle Geras

Ithaka

Just as her novel Troy imagines new stories playing out within the final days of the Trojan War, in this text Geras locates her tale on Ithaca during the long years of Odysseus’ absence.  The story centres on the teenager Klymene, granddaughter of the old nurse Eurycleia. Orphaned as a baby, she and her twin brother Ikarios have grown up in the royal palace alongside Telemachus. The trio have always been friends, but Klymene is beginning to have other feelings for the Prince. Tel(...)

literary

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Antram, John Malam, David Salariya

Jason and the Argonauts

In this straight-forward retelling of the myth of the Argonauts, the story begins with the prophecy by the oracle who proclaims that Pelias, king of the city-state of Iolcus, should pay attention to his family, because they will deprive him of power. So Pelias decides to kill everyone, showing mercy only to his brother Aeson, whom he throws into the dungeon. When he arrives to kill Jason, his brother's son, he is tricked by Alcimede the boy's mother, into believing that the young man had(...)

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YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Alex Frith , ​Simona Sanfilippo

King Midas and the Gold (Usborne First Reading series. Level 1)

King Midas and the Gold is a children's storybook written with deliberately simple language for those learning to read. It is part of a series that contains many examples of traditional myths and simplified versions of classical literature.The Midas myth is told in an extremely simplified form as the paramount focus is telling a story with very basic vocabulary. There is more emphasis on Midas' kindness than his foolishness or greed. The text states 'he was kind', accompanying a (...)

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YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Cath Senker

Ladybird Histories (Series): Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks is an educational, introduction to ancient Greek culture aimed at children aged 7+. This title is one of several titles in the Ladybird Histories series, including Kings and Queens, Tudor and Stuarts, Ancient Egyptians, The Vikings, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons. Each is written in a similarly serious tone. Through the combination of titles, the series presents the Ancient Greeks as an important non-British historical society. Ancient Greeks focuses on the Classical period, w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Simon Adams

Ladybird Histories (Series): Romans

This work is a non-humorous introduction to ancient Roman society aimed at children aged 7+.Table of Contents:Who were the Romans?The Founding of RomeThe Roman RepublicFighting CarthageThe Roman ArmyRoman RoadsJulius CaesarCreating the EmpireConquering BritainFortificationsImperial RomeThe ColosseumA Day at the RacesLife in the CityWonderful WaterLife in the CountryThe Roman FamilyRoman ChildrenFood and LifestyleRoman ReligionPompeiiUp in ArmsDecline and FallWhat the Romans Did for UsFamous Roma(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


The LEGO Company

Lego Minifigures (Series)

LEGO’s permeation into popular culture is evident through its release of thematic sets to coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999, and through its collaboration with Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and The Simpsons. As of 2010, LEGO began to release themed collectible minifigures that were based on fantasy, sports, history, and popular culture. A minifigure is defined as a small posable person with ‘rotating arms, legs, hands, and heads… (with) connectors (...)

material

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Katie Daynes, Marie-Eve Tremblay

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers (Series): Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Art

This beautifully-illustrated book immerses young people in the world of art. It belongs to an extensive series which introduces children to a variety of subjects. Young people are introduced to art via a question and answer format focused on the sorts of questions that people might have about art and the sorts of questions that can be asked to explore art beyond the surface – in that sense the book is about helping young people to engage with art rather than simply presenting them with art(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Katie Daynes, Peter Donnelly

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers (Series): Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Long Ago

This beautifully-illustrated book offers young readers an interactive immersion in history. The histories of many periods and peoples are covered, with the book divided into sections based on the sorts of questions that people might ask about the past: Where? Who? Why? What? How? When? and Which? There is an illustrated “What happened when?” timeline at the end of the book which places items from throughout the book in chronological order. The ancient world plays an important role th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Athina Bali

Match and Learn the Greek Gods

The book contains colourful stickers and illustrations. Each page shows a description of the god and the child needs to put the right sticker. Furthermore there are several stories in the book containing moral lessons on team work, wining and losing, respecting nature etc.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Mahy

Memory

In Memory, nineteen-year old Jonny Dart is a dancer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some years before, his sister Janine, also a dancer, had fallen from a cliff while playing a game with Jonny and their friend, Bonny Benedicta, in which Jonny was the ‘wolfman,’ and Bonny the ‘pythoness,’ or the ‘oracle’. Jonny, who resented his family’s favouritism towards his sister, is haunted by the thought that he might have pushed Janine, and develops(...)

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YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marcia Dorothy Williams

Mini Greek Myths (Series): Daedalus and Icarus & Orpheus and Eurydice

This short book contains two stories previously published in a longer collection by the same author. Like other books in the same series, the main body of the book is taken up with one story, while around a third of the book comprises a shorter retelling. The first story, Daedalus and Icarus, is told in a series of short chapters. Daedalus is presented as a craftsman renowned for his skills who boasts about his achievements. When his nephew, Talos, turns out to be a craftsman whose skills e(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marcia Dorothy Williams

Mini Greek Myths (Series): The Twelve Tasks of Heracles & Arion and the Dolphins

The main body of this short book is taken up with the labours of Heracles. Williams starts off with his origins as the child of Alcmene and Zeus, and the jealousy of Zeus’s wife, Hera, at her husband’s infidelity. Williams tells how, having failed to kill the baby Heracles by sending snakes to his cot, she turns the adult Heracles mad so that he kills his many children by an unnamed wife. After his wife sends him away due to his actions, he consults with a priestess who tells him tha(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marcia Dorothy Williams

Mini Greek Myths (Series): Theseus and the Minotaur & Arachne versus Athene

Like other books in the set of retellings of ancient Greek myths taken from Marcia William’s 1991 collection Greek Myths for Young Children, the current volume is divided into two sections. The first contains Williams’ retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur. The second, shorter, section, derails with Arachne’s’ contest at spinning with Athene. In the first section, divided into short chapters, Theseus sails from Athens to Crete as one of the set of young men and women(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Russ Daff

Mini Myth (Series, Book 1): Perseus and Medusa

The story begins with King Acrisius locking his daughter Danae in a tower to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy that she will conceive a child who will kill him. Meanwhile Zeus decides to teach him a lesson. He sends her energy (which appears like bright light) and she conceives a baby. As a result, she is cast away on the sea by her father, but Poseidon helps them arrive safely at the shore of Seriphos. When Perseus grows up, the King of Seriphos grows jealous of the brave Perseus and become(...)

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YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Russ Daff

Mini Myth (Series, Book 2): Perseus and Andromeda

This is the second book in Russ Daff’s Mini Myth series, which retells myths in comic form for children. The first book introduced Perseus and his quest to slay Medusa. This book continues the adventures of Perseus. At the end of the previous book, Perseus was rewarded by Zeus with Pegasus, the flying horse. In this book, Perseus arrives at Joppa and saves Princess Andromeda. Andromeda’s mother vainly boasts that her daughter is more beautiful than the sea nymphs. The nymphs are angr(...)

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YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Russ Daff

Mini Myth (Series, Book 3): Theseus and the Minotaur

This is the third book in Russ Daff’s Mini Myth series, which retells myths in comic form for children. In this book, Theseus is leading a group of young men who fight bandits and monsters. When they return to Athens, he hears about the horrible tribute Athens must pay to Crete. Theseus volunteers to go to Crete and save his kingdom. Ariadne, who is under Aphrodite’s love spell, helps Theseus to find his way in the labyrinth. Theseus then kills the Minotaur and the group escape to Cr(...)

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YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Yaël Farber

Molora

Klytemnestra appears before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and admits murdering her husband. She considers the murder as an act of bravery, and her husband’s destiny. Her daughter, Elektra, then takes the floor and expresses her displeasure and indignation at her mother’s deeds. Both mother and daughter are now committed to the process of unearthing the past. They take us to a period when Elektra was seven years old. The murder is re-enacted. Because of the brutal kill(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Monster Boy (Series, Book 8): Minotaur Maze

Monster Boy: Minotaur Maze is the 8th in a series of chapter books for early readers, in which the protagonist, Connor, is the Ministry of Monster’s number one secret agent, helping keep peace in the forest where they all live. Connor’s mother is a gargoyle, and his father is a human. In Minotaur Maze, while Connor’s parents talk with farmer Maisie whose produce shop lacks customers, Connor is called to his latest Monster Mission when Mino the Minotaur goes missing in the Tangl(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines

SETTINGThree thousand years after Sixty Minute War, a short yet disastrous conflict that caused mass extinction of humans and major geological shifts, a part of the surviving civilization lives in the so-called traction cities, following the laws of Municipal Darwinism. These monstrous tank-like cities roam the arid lands of Europe, called the Great Hunting Ground, ravishing soil by gathering whatever they deem necessary not only for survival, but also for prosperity. There is a saying – &(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Saviour Pirotta

My Cousin the Minotaur: A Greek Myth Retold

This book was originally an interactive e-book, written for Fiction Express website, which allows readers to determine the plot of a story.The story follows princess Chloe who discovers that her cousin, Alexander from Axos, was cursed by the gods (as a punishment for his father’s offence to them) and turned into a hideous Minotaur. In order to save him, Chloe must travel to Mount Olympus and gather the necessary ingredients for an antidote. In the end, she succeeds, together with a servant(...)

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YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Thiago de Moraes

Myth Atlas: maps and monsters, heroes and gods from twelve mythological worlds

With its high quality production values, including lavish, detailed illustrations, a hardback cover and generous 33 cm tall pages, de Moraes’ Myth Atlas has the dimensions and desirability of a coffee table book. The title page ‘The Worlds of Myth’ uses a map of the world to introduce and geographically locate the twelve cultures which are showcased in the text: the Native North Americans, the Aztecs, the Irish, the South American Yanomami, the Yoruba of Western Africa, th(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 10): Get Lost, Odysseus!

This is the tenth book in the Myth-O-Mania series. In this series, Hades is the narrator who promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. In this book, Hades narrates Odysseus’ voyage. Hades clams that Zeus wrote down that it was he who helped Odysseus get home after the Trojan War. Hades (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 2): Phone Home Persephone!

This is the second book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.This book (...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 3): Say Cheese Medusa!

This is the third book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.In his book(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 4): Nice Shot, Cupid!

This is the fourth book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.In this bo(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 5): Stop that Bull, Theseus!

This is the fifth book in the Myth-O-Mania series. In this series, Hades is the narrator who promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. In this book, Hades reveals the truth behind the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Hades claims that the Minotaur was actually Zeus’ grandson (Pasiphae (...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 7): Get to Work, Hercules!

This is the seventh book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.In this b(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 8): Go for the Gold, Atalanta!

This is the eights book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.In this bo(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 9): Hit the Road, Helen!

This is the ninth book in the Myth-O-Mania series. In this series, Hades is the narrator who promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother, Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. In this book, Hades tells the story of Helen of Troy. Hades claims that in his version, Zeus put the blame for the Trojan War on Helen. Yet Hades claims, tha(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Harris, Nicki Palin, David Wyatt

Mythology Code Writing Kit (Ology Stationary Kit)

This is an attractive set. The purpose is for the players to create their own secret messages using the different codes. On the inside cover there is a note from John, who hopes that whoever finds this kit writes down their own adventures, and not succumb to greed as he did. The players are encouraged to use various forms of expressions for their secret messages. For example, the use of vase painting to convey ideas (there are stickers of such vases), or writing their names in the Greek alphabet(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Sandra Lawrence , Emma Trithart

Myths and Legends

Sandra Lawrence's Myths and Legends is relatively unusual amongst children's myth books in that it places more emphasis on comparative mythology than on story-telling. The book's five sections are arranged to stress features shared in common across myths, such as journeys, creation, trees, tricksters, and solar chariots. Some myths are told in summary form to demonstrate the story types that are being introduced (King Arthur: The Once and Future King and Theseus: The Highly-Strung He(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Sally Grindley, Nilesh Mistry

Myths and Legends (Series): Myths, Pandora and The Mystery Box

This is a retelling of the myth of Pandora’s box. The story briefly narrates the creation of the primordial world, then the emergence of the Titans and their war with the gods. Men are then created by Prometheus and Athena. Next, after Epimetheus gives all of Mother Earth’s gifts to the animals, Prometheus sets out to steal the fire for mankind. Zeus is angry with mankind for their use of fire and decides to punish them. Zeus creates the female Pandora and the other gods grant her gi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Geraldine McCaughrean, Bee Willey

Myths and Legends of the World: The Bronze Cauldron

The book is offers a Retelling of myths from around the world, suitable for children of all ages. (Among the myth we have stories from Mayan culture, Papua New Guinea, Inuit tale, Japanese and more).(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


José Daniel Cabrera Peña, Neil Smith

Myths and Legends: Jason and the Argonauts

The book details with the quest of Jason and the Argonauts in great detail, accompanied by original paintings by the illustrator as well as maps and photos from other sources. The main story is narrated in the middle, yet there are excerpts in several chapters which illuminate other key points of the story, such as the Golden Fleece, the list of Argonauts, Jason in movies etc. This is not a fiction but rather a narration of the myth aimed at older readership. The book includes an introduction on(...)

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YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew is a young businessman recently moved to London where his job is almost as dull as his fiancé, a demanding and over-bearing social climber. One night he stumbles over a girl lying injured on the sidewalk. When he stops to help her, he inadvertently opens himself up to a second fantastical world – London Below, an underworld city that shadows the real London. Neverwhere involves a character descending into the Underworld, Odysseus-like, to see what lies beyond the ever(...)

literary

YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Alexandra Sheppard

Oh My Gods

Oh My Gods is set in a fictional modern day in which the Greek Gods continue to exist although they are no longer worshipped. Zeus, and a host of other deities including Eros, Aphrodite and Apollo, have chosen to abandon the tedium of with Mount Olympus in favour of living a near-mortal life on Earth, incognito. In the spirit of mythological tradition Zeus has continued to procreate with mortal women into the 21st century. In this novel we follow his 14 years old, half-mortal daughter Helen whos(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 1): Run Like the Wind

Run Like the Wind is the first in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books, which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion, if only he can beat his arch-enemy, Spiro. The story opens with Olly being chased through the streets of Athens by Spiro’s dog, Kerberos, who hates Olly even more than his own(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 2): Wrestle to Victory

Wrestle to Victory is the second in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books, which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion, if only he can beat his arch-enemy, Spiro. Olly has to give in to Spiro this time, and promises to do his errands for a week. The first errand involves taking a parcel to Simonede(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 3): Jump for Glory

Jump for Glory is the third in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books, which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features a boy named Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion. In Jump for Glory, Olly and Spiro (his ‘arch-enemy’) watch the athlete Makedon practising the long-jump: he runs, holding a large stone in each hand, then as he(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 5): Swim for your Life

Swim for Your Life is the fifth in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books, which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features a boy named Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion. In Swim for Your Life, the athletes are preparing for a swimming race, and making sacrifices to the river god, Alfeios (Alpheus). Olly and Spiro, his rival, have the mo(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 6): Race for the Stars

Race for the Stars is the sixth in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion. In Race for the Stars, Olly’s sister Chloe, who has an affinity with animals, wants to enter the Junior chariot race. Though women and girls are not allowed to race, horse and(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 7): On the Ball

On the Ball is the seventh in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books, which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion. In On the Ball, the athletes are having a break from their training, and playing a Spartan ball game called episkyros, for a bit of fun. Olly watches excitedly as they play, and the rul(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shoo Rayner

Olympia (Series, Book 8): Deadly Target

Deadly Target is the eighth in author-illustrator Shoo Rayner’s Olympia series of chapter books, which show what life was like for ordinary children in Ancient Greece. It features Olly, whose father runs the gymnasium where the great athletes train, and who dreams of being an Olympic champion, if only he can beat his arch-enemy, Spiro. The story opens with ‘Eggy,’ the Olympic champion training Olly and Spiro to throw spears and javelins. They have to throw t(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Willing

Olympus

In a strange world where gods have been banished and jailed in the Underworld and their gigantic statues lie shattered on the ground in the realm of the living, a young man tries to find his destiny with the help of, or in spite of hindrance, deception and manipulation by, people he meets who try to use him for their own purposes. Against all odds he manages to conquer even the inexorable Time and unexpectedly frees Zeus from captivity in the depths of Hades: Zeus who has the young man’s f(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Canada United Kingdom


Caroline Bruce Cooney

On the Seas to Troy / Goddess of Yesterday: A Tale of Troy

Six-year-old Anaxandra is abducted from her family’s humble island by a pirate king named Nicander. After inadvertently revealing the location of her father’s hidden treasure hoard, she loses all value as a hostage, but remains in the household of Nicander, who turns out to be a kind man.Anaxandra grows up as a playmate for his sickly daughter Callisto. But when she is twelve, another band of pirates attacks Siphnos, slaughter Nicander and lay waste to his kingdom. Miraculously, Anax(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Emma Chichester Clark, Geraldine McCaughrean

Orchard Book of Roman Myths

This is a retelling of Roman myths, meant for ages 9-12, that takes the readers through a fantastic journey of cultural transition, from Troy to Rome. It combines some tales of Greek mythology with Roman myths (Romulus and Remus, The Sibylline prophecies, Tages, Camillus, Lara, the Sabine Women, Aeneas). The chapters of the book are as follows:Introduction: explains how the Romans translated the Greek gods, creating their own mythology where the main concept was ‘duty’. 1) The O(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


John Pepper Clark

Ozidi

In Ozidi, J. P. Clark depicts a series of crises in the state of Orua. The play begins with the Story-Teller, who reminiscences the death of six kings in four years in the state of Orua. The Story-Teller also relates the need for a new king on the vacant throne. The council of elders of the land (Ofe, The Short, Azezabife, The Skeleton, Agbogidi, The Nude and Oguaran, The Giant) do not listen to the elders’ plea that time be taken to select a new king. On their own decision, they proceed w(...)

literary

YEAR: 1966

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Victoria Turnbull

Pandora

Pandora is a story of a lonely she-fox living in complete isolation in the land of broken things. As she has no one to talk to or spend time with, she keeps busy gathering and fixing all broken things that she finds outside (we see a broken bicycle, a tv set, furniture, etc.). For example she tries to bring a teddy bear “back to life”, by mending his ripped back. But even the coziest home that Pandora managed to make for herself does not bring life to the land of broken things.&(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Carla Faraldo, Diana Nemesu

Pandora and Earl: A Christmas Tale

It’s Christmastime and there’s a box with Pandora’s name on it waiting under the tree. Earl, Pandora’s stuffed owl, wonders what’s in the box. Pandora shakes it, trying to figure out what’s inside. Earl convinces Pandora to open it before Christmas. There’s a note inside telling Pandora to put the box back or she would get nothing. The next morning, on Christmas day, Pandora opens her gift, assuming it would actually be empty because she had peeked, but (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marcia Dorothy Williams

Pandora’s Box & Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head

This book offers an adapted retelling of myths for children. The stories included are the creation of humanity by Prometheus, Prometheus and the sacrifice to Zeus, Prometheus and the gift of fire, Pandora’s box, Perseus and the slaying of Medusa. There are little illustrations (cartoonish in style) which accompany the short stories (about 4 pages per story). The illustrations appear on almost every page.(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gary Renison

Pandora’s Socks

Pandora Johnson receives a new chest of drawers with a secret locked inside. She and her friend, Lucy, learn that sometimes it’s better to leave things alone after they open the drawer and enchanted socks escape, wreaking havoc all around.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Mclean Kendree, Cari Meister

Pandora’s Vase

A retelling of the story of Pandora’s vase accompanied by illustrations. It includes a cast of characters and glossary page of important words. It begins with a bit of background about the Olympians fighting the Titans and winning, continuing with how, after the war, Zeus had Prometheus and Epimetheus create animals and men to populate earth. Prometheus then stole fire from Olympus to keep the men warm. Zeus, in response, said that Prometheus and mankind would suffer. He then bound Prometh(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 1): Pegasus and the Flame

This is the first installment in the Pegasus series.  While the main protagonist, Emily Jacobs, is not a descendant of the gods, she is nonetheless a special Olympian deity, called “the daughter of Vesta” and “the flame of Olympus”.The main characters are Emily, a thirteen years old girl who recently lost her mother and whose police officer father works long hours; the class bully, Joel, who is interested in myths; and an Olympian thief named Paelen, who tried to ste(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 2): Pegasus and the Fight for Olympus

This is the second installment in the Pegasus series. For more on this series, see the entry on Pegasus and the Flame.After saving Olympus, our heroes, Emily, Paelen and Joel, together with Pegasus, are still nonetheless facing constant threats from the Nirads. They need to return to earth to save Emily’s father, who is being held by CRU. They are also being assisted by the charming Cupid, who causes some tension within the group. Cupid relies on his charm, yet he is an aloof Olympian(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 3): Pegasus and the New Olympians

The story begins with an Olympian football match, suggested by the mortal Joel. During the game, when Joel is kissed by the mischievous Sphinx, Emily realizes she is jealous yet is reluctant to acknowledge her growing affection for Joel. Meanwhile Emily continues her struggle with her power. She discovers that besides the power of the flame, she might possess more mysterious powers which could make objects disappear. That is why she is afraid she might hurt her friends. Meanwhile her father acts(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 4): Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus

This is the fourth book in the Pegasus series, which follows the adventures of Emily, a mortal girl from New York who one day discovers wounded Pegasus on her rooftop. Via various adventures, Emily travels from Earth to Olympus and discovers that she is not mortal, but a divinity known as the flame of Olympus. With the help of her mortal and Olympian friends, Emily tries to maintain peace in both worlds.In the last book, while threatened by government secret agents named CRU (Central Research Un(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 5): The Rise of the Titans

This is the fifth book in the Pegasus series, which follows the adventures of Emily, a mortal girl from New York who one day discovers wounded Pegasus on her rooftop. Via various adventures, Emily travels from Earth to Olympus and discovers that she is not mortal, but a divinity known as the flame of Olympus. With the help of her mortal and Olympian friends, Emily tries to maintain peace in both worlds. In the last book, Emily discovered she is actually a remnant of an ancient and wise race name(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 6): The End of Olympus

This is the sixth and final book in the Pegasus series, which follows the adventures of Emily, a mortal girl from New York who one day discovers a wounded Pegasus on her rooftop. In the previous book, Emily and her friends went to Hawaii and later Emily and the Xan Riza who lived inside of her were separated into two different bodies. Lorin, the Titan who also inherited part of Riza’s Xan powers returned to Olympus with them and Emily must teach her how to control her powers with compassio(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Terence (Terry) David John Pratchett

Pyramids

Pyramids is set in the fictional Djelibeybi (or the Djel), the tiny, powerless remains of an empire whose only importance is as a strategic block between its neighbours, Tsort and Ephebe. Pteppic/Teppic, the crown prince, has been training at the Assassin’s Guild in Ankh-Morpork. Returning to the kingdom following his father’s death, Teppic discovers that he has no real power, and the real ruler is Dios, the ancient high priest. After an unfortunate series of misunderstandings in whi(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Regulus

An introductory note preceding the story explains that the Roman general Regulus, about whom Horace wrote the Ode 3, 5, was captured by Carthaginians and then sent to Rome to negotiate on their behalf. Regulus convinced the Senate not to negotiate with his captors, knowing well that in retaliation, they would torture and kill him. At United Services College in Westward Ho!, the Latin teacher Mr. King asks Fifth Form students preparing for the entry exam to military colleges to translate the(...)

literary

YEAR: 1917

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Cole

Secret Agent Mummy (Series, Book 3): Hieroglyphs of Horror

The Secret Agent Mummy texts are based on the premise that the gods of ancient Egypt are in fact aliens from the planet KaBa. Along with a retinue of other creatures, both good and evil, they came to Earth to be worshipped, and some are still around today. The mummified Sam (an acronym of Secret Agent Mummy) protected the Pharaohs in antiquity, and has remained on Earth to combat the monsters from KaBa, who seek world domination. He is assisted by his unique pets, Mumbum, a mummified dog eq(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Giles Andreae, Korky Paul

Sir Scallywag (Series): Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants / Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo / Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom

The Sir Scallywag series is set in a Northern European fantasy medieval environment, focused on the inept King Colin and his best knight, six-year old Sir Scallywag. In Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, Scallywag ventures to retrieve the king's underwear from a thieving giant. In Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo, Scallywag leads the defence of the kingdom when it is attacked by Baron Greedyguts. In Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom, the king discovers a book which p(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012 / 2014 / 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Anthony ("Tony") Robinson, Del Thorpe

Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders (Series): Greeks

This work is a humorous introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece. There is significant focus on classical Greece, although there is also some material on the career of Alexander the Great, followed by brief sections on the Hellenistic world and the coming of Rome. In keeping with book's title and the rest of the series of which it is a part, the representation of ancient culture focuses on things that appear eccentric, funny, cruel, or disgusting by modern Western standards.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Peter Bull Art Studio , Sarah Kahn

Spot the... (Series): Spot the Mummy in the Museum

Each volume in the Spot the... series presents children with an environment to explore. Greco-Roman culture forms a prominent part of the environment in this edition, which is set in a museum. Each double-page spread in the books in this series depicts a scene from the specified environment which children search to find the themed object; in this case they search for the mummy in each room of the museum. Each double-page also picks out approximately five objects that are specific to that scene f(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Lisa Jane Gillespie , Emi Ordas

Sticker Greek Myths

Each 1 or 2-page section of Sticker Greek Myths presents a scene of figures within an ancient environment, accompanied by approximately fifty words of explanatory text. The child reader/viewer is invited to use stickers that are specific to that section to build-up the scene. The stickers typically feature clothing and accessories such as weapons and ropes, and scene-specific items such as Heracles' lion-skin cloak and the Chimera's heads.1 Mount Olympus: This section introduces the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jean-Sébastien Deheeger , Louie Stowell

Sticker Romans

Sticker Romans is part of the Dress-up Sticker Books for the Usborne Activities Series. Similar to the Sticker Greek Myths book, also catalogued in this database, the book features a number of inhabitants of Ancient Rome in their underwear who can be dressed in clothing facilitated by the single purpose stickers located in the last ten pages of the book. Each double-page represents a particular scene from Rome, like the forum or a villa, so that a variety of characters––from gladiato(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shahrukh Husain , Bee Willey

Stories from Ancient Civilisations (Series): Stories from Ancient Civilisations: Greece

This retelling of a selection of classical myths begins with a section on the importance of myth for ancient peoples, including as a means to explain aspects of the world and to explain concepts such as deities, who, Husain writes, were taken as ‘seriously’ (p. 4) in antiquity as they are by religious people today. The author states that these stories were transmitted orally until they came to be written down, notably by Hesiod (dated here to c. 700 BCE), Homer (dated to 750-25 BCE),(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Enid Blyton, Anne Johnstone, Janet Johnstone

Tales of Long Ago

This is a collection of short stories "retold by Enid Blyton" for children. Half are drawn from Greek mythology, half from Arabian Nights.Tales from Ancient Greece:Pandora and the Whispering BoxPhaeton and the Sun-HorsesProserpina and the King of the UnderworldThe Maiden and the Laurel TreeThe Watchman with a Hundred EyesThe Story of Echo and NarcissusThe King with the Golden TouchThe Story of Orpheus and EurydiceClytie, the Sunflower MaidenThe Story of Baucis and PhilemonThe Statue th(...)

literary

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


William Terence Deary, Dave Smith, Michael Tickner

Terry Deary's Best Ever Greek Legends (1st published as: Top Ten Greek Legends)

This is a collection of humorous retellings of myths for children designed to introduce them to Greek mythology and to ancient culture more broadly. Many of the stories are told from unusual perspectives and they are delivered in a variety of literary forms and fonts.Contents:Introduction.Legend 1: Zeus. Hera's Tale. The myth of Io told with Hera narrating events from her perspective.Fantastic Facts 1: 10 Best Victims. Summaries of myths of: Semele, Aphrodite, Echo, Nemesis, Europa, Danae, T(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014 / 1998

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Mark Bergin, Peter Hepplewhite, David Salariya

The Adventures of Perseus

The story begins from the birth of Perseus, from the prophecy of the death of King Acrisius of Argos by the hand of his daughter Danae’s son. Zeus falls on Danae in the form of a golden shower and their son Perseus is born. Acrisius puts his daughter and grandson into a wooden chest and throws them to the sea. The unfortunate pair are rescued by Zeus, Poseidon, and the fisherman Dictys. The King of Seriphos, Polydectes, brother of Dictys, falls in love with Perseus's mother. He asks Pe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Stephen Cartwright, Claudia Zeff

The Amazing Adventures of Hercules (Usborne Young Reading Series. Series 2)

This illustrated storybook is written with deliberately simple language for those learning to read. It belongs to a series that contains many examples of traditional myths and simplified versions of classic literature. The books tells the story of Hercules' youth and the famous Twelve Labours, divided into chapters as follows:Chapter 1. The Jealous Goddess. Chapter 2. The Tasks Begin. Chapter 3. A Stag and a Boar. Chapter 4. Rivers and Birds. Chapter 5. Bulls and Hor(...)

literary

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things

The protagonist, twelve-year-old David, lives in London. Shortly before the start of World War II, his mother dies. The boy is charged with taking care of her books: folk and fairy tales or narratives about knights, dragons, etc. He tries to avoid thinking about these stories, but the books do not allow him to do that, as he begins to hear them talking – the more time passes, the louder they become. When David’s father meets his new partner, Rose, the boy starts to faint and to have (...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Carl Gordon, Mike Gordon, Mairi Mackinnon

The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Usborne First Reading Series, Level 3)

This retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a traditional Aesop's Fable, is written in deliberately simple language for those learning to read. The series contains many examples of myths from around the world and simplified versions of classic literature, including those which suggest moral lessons for children to consider.The "boy"' protagonist is called "Sam". He survives the final wolf attack. The story is told through a combination of main narrative and direct speec(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Mahy

The Catalogue of the Universe

In The Catalogue of the Universe, eighteen-year old Christchurch teenagers Angela May and Tycho Potter have finished high school and are considering their futures. Angela lives in an isolated cottage on the hills near the city, with her single mother, Dido. Believing the stories Dido had told her about a doomed romance, Angela tracks down her absent father, Roland Chase, and confronts him, hoping to reunite them. She finds him to be a self-absorbed businessman, for whom his youthful affair with (...)

literary

YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Mahy

The Changeover

In The Changeover, 14-year old Laura Chant is the child of divorced parents who are finding new partners. Babysitting her 3-year old brother, Jacko, she goes into the shop of Carmody Braque, an antique dealer who is a lemure, an Ancient Roman vampire. The lemure stamps his image on Jacko’s hand, and takes possession of him, draining him of his life-blood. To defeat the lemure and save her brother, Laura seeks the help of a boy at school whom she knows is interested in her, 17 year old Sore(...)

literary

YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Julia Golding

The Companions Quartet (Series, Book One): Secret of the Sirens

An 11-year-old girl, Connie, is considered a freak because of a strong mutual attraction and affinity she feels for various animals and birds. She has to change schools often and is finally sent to stay with her aunt and continue her education in the small seaside village of Hescombe, in south-west England. It is progressively revealed that creatures we know from mythology are real and live still today but hidden from the majority of people; there is a millennium-old society protecting mythologi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Eva Ibbotson

The Dragonfly Pool

Motherless Talitha (Tally) is raised by her overworked doctor father and his adoring sisters in London, when she is offered a place at Delderton Hall School, a free-thinking school in Devon (and a version of her own school, Dartington Hall). There, she makes friends with the other students (such as Julia who pines for her absent film-star mother, and who hides her own acting talent), and teachers (Clemmy who poses for Modernist painters; Matteo a naturalist with a hidden past). When Tally goes w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ben Okri

The Famished Road

The Famished Road is about the life of an abiku (spirit child), Azaro, in the ghetto of an unnamed city. At the beginning of the novel, Azaro is a spirit child who lives in the spirit world also called the land of the beginning. It is a land of happiness and joy, where all unborn spirits live before they are incarnated into human bodies. In this land, exists a group called the spirit companions (Abikus), who, in order to enjoy the privileges of the spirit world forever, make a pact never to live(...)

literary

YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Diana Wynne Jones

The Game

Orphan Hayley Foss lives with her grandparents on the outskirts of London. Homeschooled under the strict control of her grandmother, she lives a lonely and isolated existence. She is not allowed to play with other children, and is only permitted to leave the house to accompany the maid on errands. When he is at home, her grandfather shows her amazing things in his study; from computers and televisions that monitor the daily news, to maps of the world and the solar system. He tells her about the (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ola Rotimi

The Gods Are Not to Blame

A first baby, male, is born to king Adetusa and Queen Ojuola of Kutuje. As tradition demands, they take him to the shrine of Ogun for blessings and for the divination of his future. Baba Fakunle, a purblind great seer who is called in for the divination pronounces: “This boy, he will kill his father and then marry his mother”. To avoid these evil events in the land, and with the consent of the parents, the priest of Ogun ties the boy’s legs with a string of cowries and hands hi(...)

literary

YEAR: 1971

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Philippe Béha, Glen Huser

The Golden Touch. A Retelling of the Legend of King Midas

The Golden Touch. A Retelling of the Legend of King Midas is a book and CD version of an opera staged in Canada in which over 200 school children performed alongside a Chroma Musika cast accompanied by The Orchestre Symphonique Pop Montréal, with narration from UK comedian Terry Jones. The opera was composed by Greek national Giannis Georgantelis, and was run as a community project under the auspices of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, and the city of Laval. This w(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Canada United Kingdom


Gillian Cross, Neil Packer

The Iliad

Gillian Cross' The Iliad opens with events prior to the Trojan War, starting with the three goddesses arguing over the apple. The text then moves on to a retelling of Homer's Iliad itself, before concluding with an "Afterwards" chapter relating Achilles' death, the quarrel over his armour, the wooden horse, Cassandra's insight (Virgil, Aeneid, 2.246), the fall of Troy, Diomedes' and Odysseus' post-Troy journeys, and Agamemnon's murder (see esp. Aeschylus, Ag(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Alan Gibbons

The Legendeer Trilogy (Series, Book 1): Shadow of the Minotaur

Fourteen year old Phoenix is the only son of John and Christina Graves. His father is a talented computer programmer, and has been headhunted by a shadowy company to be involved in the development of a radical new computer game. The Legendeer game features state of the art virtual reality technology that provides a fully immersive sensory experience, enabling players to smell, eat and drink and feel pain.  John has drawn upon the legends told to him by his wife and son, who are passion(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret McAlister

The Lion Classic Aesop's Fables

Fables attributed to Aesop were collated in antiquity by Demetrius of Phaleron, c.300BCE (Diogenes Laertius, 5.80), and passed on through various retellings in antiquity and the medieval, early modern, and modern periods. In this collection of retellings by Margaret McAllister, it is explicitly stated in the inside cover that the stories 'provide a cautionary moral to help young listeners grow clever and wise.' This emphasis on morality and personal development is in-keeping with the pub(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Rachel Bright, Jim Field

The Lion Inside

The Lion Inside is a reworked retelling of the Aesop's Fable, The Lion and the Mouse. It is a highly illustrated work in rhyming couplets. The tale opens by introducing both characters; the Lion lives atop a large rock formation, the Mouse in a "tinyful house" underneath. Mouse is small; other animals barely notice that he is there, which makes him sad. Lion, on the other hand, is very loud and ensures that all the animals know how loudly he can roar, how tough he is, how strong he(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Russell Punter

The Minotaur (Part of the Usborne Young Reading series. Series One - Upper Intermediate)

This book is a retelling of the traditional myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (for which see e.g. Diodorus of Sicily, Library, book 4; Plutarch, Theseus; Apollodorus, Epitome, 1.7; Apollodorus, Library, 3; Ovid, Metamorphoses, 8.155-182). It opens with Aegeus receiving a letter from Minos, and closes with Theseus back in Athens having completed his mission but having lost his father in the process. The primary function of this retelling of ancient myth. is to provide children with reading ma(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Theresa Tomlinson

The Moon Riders

This novel follows over a decade in the life of the Moon Riders, a group of warrior priestesses from various tribes who serve the moon goddess Maa and travel across Asia Minor. They are called ‘Amazons’ by outsiders. In particular, the novel focuses on a young Mazagardi Moon Rider named Myrina, and her friendship with the Trojan princess Cassandra. Tomlinson looks at gender politics and freedom from the point of view of a protagonist from an egalitarian society. Told in third person,(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of a Lane is narrated in first person by an unnamed protagonist who, as an adult, comes back to his hometown to attend a funeral. Initially unable to find anything which would bring back his memories about childhood, he involuntarily visits the Hempstock farm, where three women lived in the past: a little girl who used to be his friend, her mother and grandmother. There, he meets one of them – here the readers may be confused, for the woman might be Ginnie (the mother)(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gillian Cross, Neil Packer

The Odyssey

Gillian Cross' Odyssey is an abridged retelling of Homer's Odyssey, set in Greek antiquity. It is a retelling of ancient myth with emphasis on striking visualisation. Chapter headings:The WarTravelling into DisasterThe Giant in the CaveAeolus and CirceGhosts and MonstersStranded on Calypso's IslandNausicaaOdysseus the BeggarA Husband for PenelopeHomer's Odyssey is retold, rearranged into a more chronological order. The introduction explains the Trojan War briefly by way of e(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Emma Chichester Clark, Michael Morpurgo

The Orchard Book of Aesop's Fables

Fables attributed to Aesop were collated in antiquity by Demetrius of Phaleron, c.300 BCE (Diogenes Laertius, 5.80), and passed on through various retellings in antiquity and the medieval, early modern, and modern periods. This highly illustrated story-book contains retellings of a selection of Aesop's Fables for a young audience. Contents:For Mr Aesop from Mr Morpurgo, a Thank-You (An introduction to the collection).The Lion and the MouseThe Hare and the TortoiseThe Dog and his BoneThe Crow(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jan Lewis, Saviour Pirotta

The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths

This is a very popular collection of ten retellings of ancient myths, attractively laid-out and well-written for a young audience. There is an illustrated Table of Contents at the start, which enables pre-literate children to participate in choosing the story that will be read, as well as teaching them how to use a ToC.Each story begins with an elaborate fronts-piece full of details from the story, and each story concludes with a small image that contains a key element of the myth. Both elements(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Tony Bradman , Tony Ross

The Orchard Book of Swords Sorcerers and Superheroes

Chapter 1. Voyage to the Edge of the World. The Story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.Chapter 2. The Magical Sword. The Story of King Arthur.Chapter 3. The Fabulous Genie. The Story of Aladdin and his Magical Lamp.Chapter 4. An Apple for Freedom. The Story of William Tell.Chapter 5. Superhero. The Story of Hercules and the Monstrous Cacus.Chapter 6. The Fantastic Voyage of Sinbad. The Story of Sinbad the Sailor and The Roc.Chapter 7. The Fearsome Dragon from the Lake. The Story of George and the (...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Mahy

The Other Side of Silence

Twelve-year old Hero is an elective mute. She is the third child (of four) in a talkative family of high-achievers. At the point where the story starts, Ginevra, the eldest daughter of the family has just returned home after she fell out with their mother four years ago, throwing the family into further turmoil. She is pregnant and has the teenager Sammy in tow. In order to have some power in her family, Hero has stopped speaking, except sometimes to her older brother Athol. She thinks of her or(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad is part of the Canongate Myths Series, which ‘brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom have retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way.’ Though marketed for adults, the text is accessible to mature teenage readers, and features on secondary school reading lists.Atwood allows Penelope to tell her own story, drawing upon Homer’s Odyssey but also on material from beyond this dominant source. Penelope, who has been in Ha(...)

literary

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Paul Shipton

The Pig Who Saved the World

This comic adventure novel is a sequel to The Pig Scrolls, starring a pig named Gryllus. Gryllus was one of Odysseus’ crewmen who was transformed into a pig by Circe. When the rest of the sailors were returned to their human form, he hid in the bushes, and after being found by Sibyl, a courageous prophetess, and Homer, an awkward teenage poet, goes on to (unwittingly and unwillingly) save the world.In the sequel, The Pig Who Saved the World, Gryllus and his friends go back to the isla(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Caroline Lawrence

The Roman Mysteries (Series, Book 1): The Thieves of Ostia

In this, the first book in Lawrence’s Roman Mysteries series we meet Flavia Gemini, the central character of the series. She is the daughter of a merchant sailor whose mother died in childbirth. Flavia has discovered that someone is killing the dogs in Ostia, and she is determined to find out who is responsible. We are soon introduced to the three other important characters in the Roman Mysteries series, Lupus, Nubia and Jonathan. Jonathan lives next door with his father, who is a doc(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Caroline Lawrence

The Roman Mysteries (Series, Book 2): The Secrets of Vesuvius

In this second volume in the Roman Mysteries Series, after the danger experienced by the children in The Thieves of Ostia, Flavius father decides to send Flavia and Nubia to his brother’s farm near Pompeii. He invites Lupus and Jonathan as well as Jonathan’s sister and father to join them. Whilst swimming one day, the children save the life of Pliny, and in thanks he gives them a riddle and sends them looking for a blacksmith named Vulcan. By solving the riddle the four friends disco(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Caroline Lawrence

The Roman Mysteries (Series, Book 3): The Pirates of Pompeii

After the events of The Secrets of Vesuvius, and the eruption of the volcano, the children are staying in a refugee camp. Jonathan, one of the main characters of the series - a Jewish child who is part of the new Christian faith - is in a coma from his asthma and his father is treating the sick and injured in the spa to which the camp is adjacent. Soon the children discover that children are being stolen from the refugee camp. They discover that it is probably the man known as the Spider of Patr(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Phil Ford

The Sarah Jane Adventures (Series): Eye of the Gorgon

[See episodes summary]A primary difference from the episodes is how information about the Gorgon is introduced. In the episode,s Sarah Jane and Maria read a book about Greek mythology from Sarah Jane’s bookshelf, but in the novelization they first discuss this in the car (without the aid of a book) and then Sarah Jane reads from "an elaborate volume on Greek Mythology" which she finds when she is locked in in the Abbey library by the nuns. This allows more information to be provi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Russell T. Davies, Phil Ford, Alice Troughton

The Sarah Jane Adventures (Series, S01E03 - 04): The Eye of the Gorgon

Part OneThe adult protagonist of the series, and previous companion of Doctor Who, the journalist Sarah Jane Smith, is investigating the story that a ghostly nun has been sighted at an old people’s home. Accompanied by her adopted son Luke and his friend Clyde, she interviews residents and staff about the sighting. Bea, an elderly resident and Alzheimer sufferer, gives Luke a piece of jewellery she calls a ‘talisman’ and asks him to keep it safe. This is found to be an alien ar(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Victoria Turnbull

The Sea Tiger

One of the two main characters, and also the narrator of the story is the Sea Tiger. Even though he is drawn by Turnbull as a ‘real’ tiger that normally would not live in the sea, he does not seem to have any problems with breathing under water (real tigers are very good swimmers, but they would not survive under water for long). Sea Tiger is best friends with Oscar – a child merman. Oscar is depicted as a sensitive boy who loves to daydream and explore beautiful things hidden (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Rachel Bright, Jim Field

The Squirrels who Squabbled

The Squirrels who Squabbled is a reworked retelling of the Aesop's Fable, The Ants and the Grasshopper. It is a highly illustrated work in rhyming couplets. The tale opens with the arrival of Autumn and news that all the animals are getting ready "for bed", i.e. for hibernation and Winter. The only exception, pictured blithely playing on a swing, is "Spontaneous Cyril", the squirrel. The reader learns that all the other animals have been busy gathering supplies to see the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jim Henson’s Creature Shop , Jim Henson , Duncan Kenworthy, OBE, Anthony Minghella, Nigel Williams

The Storyteller (Series): Greek Myths

Hiding in Minos’ labyrinth, the Storyteller and his dog come across four different objects that inspire him to relate their myths. First, he recounts the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, recalling the beast once housed in the very maze they’re hiding in.Upon learning that his father is Aegeus, King of Athens, Theseus hurries to that city, slaying many bandits on the way. The king’s wife Medea, fearful of what threat this stranger poses to her own sons, attempts to poison him, (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Wole Soyinka

The Strong Breed

Attention:+18 yearsThe play dramatizes an end of year festival, based on the belief that a scapegoat of the village cleanses the community from all impurities. Divided in two parts, it centres on its protagonist, Eman, who is a member of The Strong Breed in the village. He is the one to facilitate the tradition of Egugun, a festival in the Delta region of Nigeria, by offering himself as a sacrificial lamb for the clan. Set in two villages, The Strong Breed begins in the evening before the p(...)

literary

YEAR: 1964

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaret Mahy

The Tricksters

In The Tricksters, 17 year old Ariadne (‘Harry’) Hamilton’s family makes their Christmas annual visit to ‘Carnival’s Hide,’ their family holiday house, on the Banks Peninsula, formed by the eruption of an ancient volcano, near Christchurch. The house is comparatively old for New Zealand, being built in the nineteenth century, and it is haunted by Teddy Carnival, who was accidentally killed by his father, the builder of the house. While she is swimming in the b(...)

literary

YEAR: 1986

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Mark Bergin, Sue Reid, David Salariya

The Voyages of Odysseus

Odysseus' travels and his various adventures: meeting with Polyphemus, the Cyclops; visit at the court of King Aeolus and on the island of Circe; Odysseus' descent to the Underworld; meeting dangerous sirens, escaping Scylla and Charybdis. When after all the adventures, Odysseus comes home to Ithaca, there is danger there as well - the palace is occupied by suitors who try to marry Odysseus’ wife, Penelope. Odysseus defeats the suitors.In this picture book the illustrations and wor(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


John Malam, Peter Rutherford , David Salariya

The Wooden Horse of Troy

The book presents a variant of the myth of Troy. The story of the building of the city walls by Poseidon, Apollo, and Aeacus is followed by the story of the judgement of Paris and its consequences, direct: the reward for giving the first place to Aphrodite, and indirect: the Trojan War. The author describes the fight between the Trojans and the Greeks, the secret help of the gods, the disputes between the warriors in each of the camps (e. g. Agamemnon's quarrel with Achilles, Ajax vs. Hector(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ross Collins, Tanya Landman

The World’s Bellybutton: The Greek Gods Need a New Hero

This is the story of William Popidopolos, an English boy, about 10 years old. William travels with his mother, Kate, to Greece, to the island of Spitflos, in order to meet his father Nikos, whom he never met. In his father’s tavern, William is approached by a large swan, who confides in him that he is Zeus and in need of his help. William must tie the knot at the center of the universe, the omphalos, since it is starting to break apart. While William’s parents are under Zeus’ s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gary Andrews, James Evelyn Ford , David Salariya

Theseus and the Minotaur

The author tells the myth about Theseus and the Minotaur. At the beginning, readers learn how the half bull half man was born. Later on, the story is told of the murder of Androgeos, son of Minos and Pasiphae: his death was the reason why Minos declared war on Athens. Subsequently, the reader learns about Poseidon’s revenge – the birth of the Minotaur. Minos asked Daedalus to build a maze under his castle, where he wanted to imprison the monster. Minos demanded that the Athenians in (...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marcia Dorothy Williams

Three Cheers for Women

This book presents biographies of a series of notable women through the ages, arranged chronologically, with a double spread devoted to each subject. The first subject, Cleopatra VII, is followed by another ancient woman: Boudicca. After this, the book moves to the fifteenth century with Joan of Arc; it continues with Elizabeth I, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Anne Frank, Wangari Maathai, Mae C. Jemison, Cathy(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Philippe Béha, Glen Huser

Time for Flowers, Time for Snow. A Retelling of the Legend of Demeter and Persephone

Time for Flowers, Time for Snow is a book and CD version of an opera staged in Canada in which 180+ school children performed accompanied by The Orchestre Symphonique Pop Montréal with narration from UK comedian Terry Jones. The opera was composed by Greek national Giannis Georgantelis, and was run as a community project under the auspices of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the cities of Montreal and Laval, the Embassy of Greece to Canada, and the Embassy of Canada to (...)

literary

COUNTRY: Canada United Kingdom


Stewart Ross

Timeliners (Series): Athens is Saved!

Athens is Saved! opens with a note To the Reader from the author. The note explains that the story is based on a real event, with some invented parts added to make the story more fun. The author adds his wish that the story will encourage the reader to find out more about ancient Greece and perhaps to run their first marathon.Notes on The Story So Far are divided into three sections: Ancient Greece, The Persians, and Athens. Ancient Greece explains that 'Before the time of Jesus Christ' (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joseph Hocking

Tommy and the Maid of Athens

A patriotic novel written during World War One, the protagonist of Hocking’s Tommy and the Maid of Athens, John Penrose, is sent on a mission to discover suspected underhanded scheming amongst the powers in Athens. He enlists his friend Tom Pollard to help him on his quest, a man who had become famous for exposing a German spy in the war, and was known for his patriotic bravery. The novel is written primarily through the eyes of John, but at times the reader is given entry to Tom’s p(...)

literary

YEAR: 1917

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jess Stockham

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

In this lift-the flap picture book for young readers, Jess Stockham tells the story of a mouse who lives in the country and invites her cousin from the town to visit. She promises picnics and swimming in the river.  Eager for fresh air, her cousin comes.  He arrives on his skateboard, and the cousins greet one another.It is time for lunch. The country mouse shows how to find nuts and berries. But the nuts are too dry, and the berries too bitter for the town mouse, who pulls a face and (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Adèle Geras

Troy

Troy is a retelling of the final stages of the Trojan War, focalised through a group of young people living in the besieged city. Xanthe and Marpessa are sisters raised in Troy after being found as babies on the slopes of Mount Ida. Xanthe is nursemaid to Hector and Andromache’s baby son Astyanax, but also tends to wounded soldiers in the hospital she calls the Blood Room. She falls in love with Alastor, a wealthy young Trojan with an overbearing mother, who has been recruited into a (...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Gemmell

Troy (Series, Book 2): Shield of Thunder

Troy, Shield of Thunder is the second in a trilogy of books by David Gemmel on the story of Troy. Shield of Thunder and Fall of Kings were published posthumously after Gemmel’s passing in 2006. The book spins an epic tale of love, trust, romance and bloodshed across the years before the destruction of Troy. In Chapter 1, A black wind rising, Penelope, wife of Odysseus and Ithakan queen is introduced. Kalliades the young warrior, together with Banokles, rescue Piria the runaway tr(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Colin King, Stephanie Turnbull

Usborne Beginners (Series): Ancient Greeks

This short book starts by introducing ‘An ancient land,’ before moving to specific sections, each covering a double spread, on: ‘Life in Greece’; ‘Clothes and fashion’; ‘What people ate’; ‘A trip to market’; ‘Feasts and fun’; ‘Gods and goddesses’; ‘Talking to the gods’; ‘Heroes and monsters’; ‘The Olympic Games’; ‘Greek plays’; ‘Mighty warriors’; ‘(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jonny Duddle , Kate Thompson

Wanted!

Marcus is a part of a baker’s family in Roman times under the tough reign of Emperor Gaius Caligula. One day, a mysterious slave hands him a racing horse and disappears. The horse turns out to be the emperor’s horse, Consul Incitatus, and now Marcus is facing danger to his life while deciding what to do with the horse. At the end there is a short passage of explanation regarding Caligula and his horse. Marcus shares with the reader the hard life his family lived under the mad emperor(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kelsey Oseid

What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

What We See in the Stars is an informative work which uses attractive illustrations and clear language to communicate about the science of space, the history of space science (including ancient science), and the mythology connected to that science. The work is explicit at the start about its mission to teach science and mythology. It begins by explaining that knowledge of the stars was initially important for agriculture and navigation, and that modern star-gazing is a way to connect with 'a(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Richy K. Chandler

When are you Going to get a Proper Job? Parenting and the Creative Muse

The work, created in an informal cartoon style, follows Tariq, a young man who is trying to balance his parenting responsibilities with attempts to establish himself as a professional comic book artist. He lives with his wife, Susan, who has unspecified regular work involving spreadsheets and meetings, and Natasha, their young daughter. Initially we encounter the problems that Tariq is having and over the course of the graphic novel we move towards him finding solutions as he listens to others a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Peter Bailey, Rose Impey

White Wolves: Myths and Legends (Series): Pandora’s Box

This is a retelling of Pandora’s box myths. The story narrates the creation of men by Prometheus and his stealing of the fire. It then narrates the story of Pandora. It begins with the creation myth of Prometheus and also of Pandora.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Aleksei Bitskoff, Maz Evans

Who Let the Gods Out? (Series, Book 2): Simply The Quest

Simply The Quest picks up the story of Elliot and his mortal and immortal companions, a few months after the end of Who Let The Gods Out. In this instalment, the English boy Elliot Hooper’s troubles seem to haunt him still. Thanatos reawakens and wishes to get the Earth stone Elliot managed to take a hold off last time. Elliot’s mother is still sick, his history teacher is still out to get him and a mysterious incident on Christmas Eve has left the gods on house arrest.&nbs(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaux Carpentier, Isabel Otter

Wonders of the World. An Interactive Tour of Marvels and Monuments

Wonders of the World is a highly illustrated and well-designed lift-the-flap publication. The book is divided into two main parts. The first presents the seven wonders of the ancient world, the second the wonders of what is referred to as the 'modern world', although some of these entries were also built in antiquity. A double-page at the end presents seven natural wonders. Each wonder has a page of its own with one or two flaps and information distributed across an average of five (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Julie Hearn

Wreckers

This dystopian young adult novel weaves the myth of Pandora’s Box into a complex narrative that is both historical and futuristic. The title of Wreckers refers to the eighteenth-century fishermen who would retrieve goods from ships foundering on the treacherous rocky coastline of Cornwall, and may have played a part in luring those ships onto the rocks. The text’s Prologue, set in 1732, describes a group of Wreckers bringing ashore a load of cargo, including an ancient wooden ch(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Antram, John Malam, David Salariya

You Wouldn't Want To (Series): You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You'd Rather Not Know

The book begins with the author asking the reader to play a role while reading, namely becoming a representative of the peoples over whom the Roman Empire wants to reign.Each book in this series begins with an appeal to the reader to become a representative of the group featured in the book. The story begins with how Romans acquired slaves, conquered other nations, and the reader imagines him/herself to be one of these future slaves. The fate of a slave was grim, it usually began at a slave mark(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Antram, Fiona MacDonald, David Salariya

You Wouldn't Want To (Series): You Wouldn’t Want to be a Slave in Ancient Greece!: A Life You'd Rather Not Have

The narrator talks about the life of slaves. Abandoned children, failed debtors and defeated soldiers captured by their victors can become slaves. All who do not speak Greek are considered barbarians. When a man becomes a slave, he loses his family, he will probably never see them again. The book describes the various kinds of work that a slave may perform. These include, but are not limited to cooking, cleaning, child care, wool work, lifting and carrying.There are good owners who treat th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jim Pipe

You wouldn't want to be Cleopatra! An Egyptian ruler you'd rather not be

You wouldn’t want to be Cleopatra! An Egyptian ruler you’d rather not be describes Cleopatra’s life in a unique way. It is written from a very personal perspective which helps the young readers identify with Cleopatra. The first lines in the book already introduce a strong identification with Cleopatra: You are Cleopatra, a princess living in Egypt 2,000 years ago (p.9). The whole narration of the story flows in this personal style. This specific style helps young readers under(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


John Dougherty , Georgien Overwater

Zeus on the Loose

In this chapter-book with illustrations, a boy named Alex accidentally summons Zeus, king of the gods, into his life, when he makes a ‘temple (out of loo rolls and a cornflakes box),’ as a class project.  In the style of comic intrusion fantasy, Zeus causes mayhem.  He demands sacrifices from Alex as his ‘high priest’ in the form of midnight bacon sandwiche.  He borrows Alex’s mother’s best night dress when he spills coffee on his robes, transfo(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


John Dougherty , Georgien Overwater

Zeus Sorts It Out

Zeus Sorts It Out is a chapter-book with illustrations, the third in a series of stories about a boy named Alex who has accidentally summoned Zeus, king of the gods, into his life, through a classroom project. In Zeus Sorts It Out, Alex and his friend Charlie are being bullied by Eric Lees. When Eric puts Charlie’s head in the toilet, Charlie calls for help from Zeus. Zeus commandeers the boys’ toilets as his temple, demanding veneration and sacrifices from the boys, who try to persu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


John Dougherty , Georgien Overwater

Zeus to the Rescue

Zeus to the Rescue is the second in a trio of illustrated chapter books about the adventures of Zeus in a modern British playground. It follows from Zeus on the Loose. Alex, the protagonist of the book, has recovered from Zeus’s first visit to the school. However, a pendant shaped like a lightning bolt, which Zeus has given him, starts to quiver. Could it be in response to a new girl, Diana, who seems to have an uncanny power over the girls in class, and their teacher, Miss Wise? Diana fos(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom