ROMAN MYTHS by Geraldine McCaughrean

ROMAN MYTHS

adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 9 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this companion to Greek Myths (1993), McCaughrean and Clark present 15 tales, some expropriated from the ancient Greeks, others, such as the origin of the Lares, and the rivalry of Romulus and Remus, distinctively Roman. With her usual flair, McCaughrean writes of happy, doomed—or, in the case of Diana and Endymion, eerily dysfunctional—romances between gods and mortals. She relates the gruesome story of heedless woodcutter Erisychthon, cursed by Ceres with such an insatiable appetite that he ends up eating himself, and brings high drama to the devastating confrontation between arrogant King Tarquin and the Cumaean Sibyl. Sex and violence are toned down not only in the retellings (e.g., “The Theft of the Sabine Women”) but also the illustrations, for which Clark draws inspiration from sources as diverse as ancient mosaics and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to depict a set of distinctly un-Olympian immortals. A cast list of those immortals, and notes on the stories’ origins, close this eye-opening introduction to a mythology less politicized and derivative than generally billed. (introduction, notes) (Mythology. 9-13)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-689-83822-0
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2001




MORE BY GERALDINE MCCAUGHREAN

ChildrenTHE NUTCRACKER by Geraldine McCaughrean
by Geraldine McCaughrean
ChildrenTHE GLORIOUS ADVENTURES OF THE SUNSHINE QUEEN by Geraldine McCaughrean
by Geraldine McCaughrean
ChildrenTHE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX by Geraldine McCaughrean
by Geraldine McCaughrean

MORE BY EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

ChildrenWHAT WILL YOU BE, GRANDMA? by Nanette Newman
by Nanette Newman
ChildrenTHE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Michael Morpurgo
by Michael Morpurgo
ChildrenGOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Emma Chichester Clark
by Emma Chichester Clark

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenHEROES OF OLYMPUS by Philip Freeman
by Philip Freeman
ChildrenTHE ROMANS by Marcia Williams
by Marcia Williams
ChildrenGIFTS FROM THE GODS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
by Lise Lunge-Larsen