A clear but pedestrian retelling of the story of one of the great figures in Greek mythology--from his birth to his...

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THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR

A clear but pedestrian retelling of the story of one of the great figures in Greek mythology--from his birth to his triumphant but tragic return from slaying the Cretan Minotaur--this picture-book edition is distinguished by suitably heroic illustrations. Dramatic points of view--sometimes from the characters' knee-level, sometimes at close range--and spare use of detail in defining sculptural forms accentuate the material's mythic power. Fisher uses a dark palette appropriate to the labyrinth's interior and night settings, highlighted with masterfully suggested light. It's worth noting that designer and artist have admirably solved the gutter problem here: although each illustration is a double spread, the central division never disturbs either figure or design. Every child should know this story; Fisher's version makes it verbally accessible and visually memorable.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1988