- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 168 pages
- Dimensions: 229mm x 269mm x 15mm | 862g
- Publication date: 1 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1406339385
- ISBN 13: 9781406339383
- Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 291,517
This title is a beautifully written and illustrated collection of Greek myths containing seventeen famous tales full of love, loss, greed, envy and bravery. Beautifully written by Ann Turnbull and illustrated by Sarah Young, this collection of seventeen Greek myths is truly something to treasure. The timeless stories of Theseus and the Minotaur, Persephone, King Midas, Ariadne, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Echo and Narcissus are told with great freshness and there is a good balance between the gentler myths and the ones packed with battles and monsters. It is a wonderful collection and a wonderful introduction to the fascinating world of Greek mythology, brought to life by one of our finest writers and an exciting new illustrator.
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Ann Turnbull has written more than 30 books and stories, including picture books and short fiction, but she is best known for her novels. Some of her most notable achievements include, No Shame, No Fear, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award as well as the Guardian Fiction Prize. Its sequel, Forged in the Fire, and Pigeon Summer, were both shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. Sarah Young is a painter, printmaker and illustrator. She has worked as an illustrator for many years and is best known for her black and white scraperboard work. Sarah, who lives in Worthing in Sussex, has exhibited her prints and paintings at many galleries and exhibitions around the country.
"One word keeps coming to mind when looking at this book: lavish. Sixteen well-known stories are presented here, in a book positively overflowing with brightly coloured illustrations. Generous use of gold makes the book feel even more special, and the only danger, if you buy it for a child, is that you may not be able to bring yourself to give it away." (www.thebookbag.co.uk) "Ann Turnbull's re-tellings are as elegant as the book's classically influenced illustrations by Sarah Young... The production - from the cover dusted with shimmering gold to the white text on the back page when Orpheus enters the underworld - makes this volume a work of art." (Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times) "A generous large-format hardback that feels like a treat. Here are some of the greatest stories ever told... A book for keeps." (The Herald)"