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Mark Bergin , Sue Reid , David Salariya

Ancient Greek Myths (Series): The Voyages of Odysseus

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

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Title of the work

Ancient Greek Myths (Series): The Voyages of Odysseus

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Poland, United Kingdom

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2004

First Edition Details

Sue Reid, Mark Bergin, ill., created and designed by David Salariya, The Voyages of Odysseus. Brighton: Salariya Book Company Book House, 2004, 32 pp.

ISBN

1904642314

Genre

Illustrated works
Myths

Target Audience

Children

Cover


Courtesy of The Salariya Book Company.


Author of the Entry:

Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, mauril8@gmail.com

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Mark Bergin , b. 1961
(Illustrator)

Mark Bergin was born in Hastings, England. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art. He works as an illustrator of children’s books: The Voyages of Odysseus written by Sue Reid, Gods and Goddesses in the Daily Life of the Vikings written by Jen Green, Going to War in Ancient Greece written by Adrian Gilbert, Going to the War in Ancient Egypt written by Anne Millard, An Ancient Greek Temple: The Story of the Building of the Temple in Ancient Greece written by J. Malam and others.


Sources:

The cover of the book The Adventures of Perseus.

Profile at the biography.jrank.org (accessed: July 4, 2018).


Bio prepared by Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl


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Sue Reid (Author)

Sue Reid writes historical fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Her first book Mill Girl was published by Scholastic in 2002. Since then she has published ten other books. She hopes her books set in different periods will inspire young readers with her own love for history.


Bios based on biographies of creators based on the cover of the book The Voyages of Odysseus and her website (accessed: June 11, 2017).


Bio prepared by Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl


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David Salariya , b. 1954
(Illustrator)

David Salariya was born in 1954 in Dundee, Scotland. He is the founder of Salariya Book Company. David Salariya is an illustrator. His first illustration was done for Reader’s Digest.


Source:

Interview at the creativeinterviews.com (accessed: April 17, 2018).

Interview at the childrensillustrators.com (accessed: April 17, 2018).


Bio prepared by Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com, and  Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl


Translation

Polish: Mity starożytnej Grecji: Podróże Odyseusza. Janusz Ochab, trans. Warszawa: Firma Księgarska Jacek i Krzysztof Olesiejuk Inwestycje, 2005.

Summary

Odysseus' travels and his various adventures: meeting with Polyphemus, the Cyclops; visiting 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 book, the illustrations and words work together to tell the story. The illustrations are fun and complement the text. They are dynamic and convey the emotions that are contained in the text.

Analysis

Like every book in the series Ancient Greek Myths, The Voyages of Odysseus is very well composed. The text is written in an accessible way, the illustrations are colorful and complete the text. The Homeric story of Odysseus’ travels after the fall of Troy is told in the traditional version of the epic. Scary scenes or characters are shown in a way suitable for children without horror or unpleasantness. The book ends with a glossary that explains to the young reader who is who in Greek mythology. It is a typical retelling of well-known stories and has also didactic value. However, first and foremost it is a tale of exotic and magical adventures, absorbing for young children.


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Title of the work

Ancient Greek Myths (Series): The Voyages of Odysseus

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

Poland, United Kingdom

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2004

First Edition Details

Sue Reid, Mark Bergin, ill., created and designed by David Salariya, The Voyages of Odysseus. Brighton: Salariya Book Company Book House, 2004, 32 pp.

ISBN

1904642314

Genre

Illustrated works
Myths

Target Audience

Children

Cover


Courtesy of The Salariya Book Company.


Author of the Entry:

Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, mauril8@gmail.com

Male portrait

Mark Bergin (Illustrator)

Mark Bergin was born in Hastings, England. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art. He works as an illustrator of children’s books: The Voyages of Odysseus written by Sue Reid, Gods and Goddesses in the Daily Life of the Vikings written by Jen Green, Going to War in Ancient Greece written by Adrian Gilbert, Going to the War in Ancient Egypt written by Anne Millard, An Ancient Greek Temple: The Story of the Building of the Temple in Ancient Greece written by J. Malam and others.


Sources:

The cover of the book The Adventures of Perseus.

Profile at the biography.jrank.org (accessed: July 4, 2018).


Bio prepared by Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl


Female portrait

Sue Reid (Author)

Sue Reid writes historical fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Her first book Mill Girl was published by Scholastic in 2002. Since then she has published ten other books. She hopes her books set in different periods will inspire young readers with her own love for history.


Bios based on biographies of creators based on the cover of the book The Voyages of Odysseus and her website (accessed: June 11, 2017).


Bio prepared by Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl


Male portrait

David Salariya (Illustrator)

David Salariya was born in 1954 in Dundee, Scotland. He is the founder of Salariya Book Company. David Salariya is an illustrator. His first illustration was done for Reader’s Digest.


Source:

Interview at the creativeinterviews.com (accessed: April 17, 2018).

Interview at the childrensillustrators.com (accessed: April 17, 2018).


Bio prepared by Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com, and  Viktoryia Bartsevich, University of Warsaw, v.bartsevich@student.uw.edu.pl


Translation

Polish: Mity starożytnej Grecji: Podróże Odyseusza. Janusz Ochab, trans. Warszawa: Firma Księgarska Jacek i Krzysztof Olesiejuk Inwestycje, 2005.

Summary

Odysseus' travels and his various adventures: meeting with Polyphemus, the Cyclops; visiting 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 book, the illustrations and words work together to tell the story. The illustrations are fun and complement the text. They are dynamic and convey the emotions that are contained in the text.

Analysis

Like every book in the series Ancient Greek Myths, The Voyages of Odysseus is very well composed. The text is written in an accessible way, the illustrations are colorful and complete the text. The Homeric story of Odysseus’ travels after the fall of Troy is told in the traditional version of the epic. Scary scenes or characters are shown in a way suitable for children without horror or unpleasantness. The book ends with a glossary that explains to the young reader who is who in Greek mythology. It is a typical retelling of well-known stories and has also didactic value. However, first and foremost it is a tale of exotic and magical adventures, absorbing for young children.


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