The highlights of Homer's epics are rendered as a comic book, in a visual and literary style that Williams (Sinbad the...

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THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY

The highlights of Homer's epics are rendered as a comic book, in a visual and literary style that Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) has used before, but here more reminiscent of Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the World than a Classics Illustrated. The attempts at comedy in the silly and superfluous dialogue are forced, although the illustrations fare better, packed with humor and detail. The goofy borders are entertaining, but generally unrelated to the text, and Williams uses names that differ from the standard: Telepylus for the Laestrygonians, Scheria for Phaeacia. With a proliferation of versions of Homer on the market, add this one to the shelves only where Williams's other comic-strip tellings are popular.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1996