THE ILIAD, A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION, by Gareth Hinds, Candlewick Press


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In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer’s classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer’s legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer’s epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer’s epic.

approx. 272 pages

Out March 12, 2019

Illustrations: my ARC is in black and white

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

OMGGGGG! Another bookmark, only this one is swag for “The Iliad.” I love it! I also found another bookmark among my books for review from Candlewick Press regarding another book series called: Smashie McPerter… mystery books for middle-grade readers.  I’ll have to look into that!  The bookmark is swag and large compared to others. At this rate, I’ll have to post a photo of my new bookmarks in my Bookmark thread. Be sure to look for it!

Okay, moving along…

I love the classics. I’ve read many of them including Plato, Homer, Herodotus, Odyssey, and the Iliad just to name a few. There are many, many others.  So when I saw the Iliad as a Graphic Novel, I had to get it and see how this was managed.

Wow.  Although my illustrations are in black and white since it’s an ARC, the artwork/talent is outstanding. I wonder if colour is even needed?  The way the artwork compliments “The Iliad,” gives the story a younger and easier to understand aspect to the classic which can be difficult to understand in parts.

The appeal of this book should be great for middle-grade readers. It is well-written and easy to follow, taking complicated text and making it less stoic by adding illustrations to bring the message home. For reader who are visual learners, this would make a great educational tool.

I loved everything about it.

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