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Bull

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Minos thought he could Pull a fast one On me, Poseidon! God of the Sea! But I'm the last one On whom you Should try such a thing. The nerve of that guy. The balls. The audacity. I am the ocean! I got capacity! Depths! Darkness! Delphic power! So his sweet little plan Went big-time sour And his wife had a son Born with horns and a muzzle Who ended up In an underground puzzle. What is it with you mortals? You just can't seem to learn: If you play with fire, babies, You're gonna get burned. Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic 1 on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's most infamous monsters.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 23mm | 318g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0544610601
  • 9780544610606
  • 415,959

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"Razor-sharp rhyme schemes and sly, vicious humor make Bull a bawdy yet sophisticated romp, a literary feast fit for the gods." - Shelf Awareness, starred review "Elliott contemporizes the ancient story of blackmail, betrayal, and revenge with humor, poignancy, and profanity . . . . the personalities and voices Elliott brings to these mythical characters make this powerful and engrossing book a genre of its own." --Publishers Weekly, starred review ..".Elliott's clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt." --Horn Book, starred review "There's nothing half-blooded or Disneyfied in David Elliott's energetic, multi- voiced verse novel retelling . . . . Brief, useful notes explain both the liberties taken with the myth and choices of form for each character. Nods to Hamilton are inevitable, but whether or not Lin-Manuel Miranda had anything to do with inspiring what we hope will be a trend of transforming old stories into hip-hop gold, all readers and educators can say at this point is keep 'em coming." --Bulletin, starred review "Elliott's absolutely magnetic rhythms will wake up any high school class, and the book could also work as a play. Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)--with plenty of bull to dissect." --Kirkus, starred review "This striking reexamination of the Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur [is] a conceit that easily could have floundered; in Elliott's capable hands, it soars." -- Booklist, starred review "Elliott's contemporary take on the classic myth incorporates modern slang, profanity, and a bawdy sense of humor into an accessible, highly entertaining, and original novel... Recommended for most large collections, particularly those in need of engaging interpretations of classic myths." --School Library Journal "David Elliott's Bull does for mythology what Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has done for U.S. history. Teens of all genders and reading levels will devour this salty, quick-witted retelling and the timely truth of this story: It takes a god to make a boy into a beast, but it is us humans who turn him into a monster. I loved this book." --Allan Wolf, author of The Watch That Ends the Night and New Found Land "Stunning, explosive, and brilliantly-crafted. BULL is a perfect addition to the new canon of classics." --Liz Wright, Brazo Books "Dark, disturbing, and devastatingly good." --Elana K. Arnold, author of Infandous and Sacred "What an extraordinary book! Saucy and thoroughly modern, Bull feels both ageless and of our time, and is, above all, a bracing, unforgettable read." --Jane Brox, author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light "The voices in this poem--as much hip hop as epic--taunt in a spirit that is at once modern ghetto and ancient philosopher. As a lover of the Greek tales, I'm so grateful for this dizzying ride." --Donna Jo Napoli, author of Sirena, Bound, and Beast "Irreverent and witty, the book is a fantastic labyrinth of its own, with new turns and twists that deliver us to the wisdom at its center." --Kyoko Mori, author of One Bird and Shizuko's Daughter "A remix told in striking and affecting verse, BULL offers a modern, haunting look at this story of power, lust, love, and revenge" --Sara Grochowski, Brilliant Books "An entirely refreshing twist on the indelicate undercurrents of Greek Mythology, BULL will inspire today's readers to rediscover the classics." --Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Booksshow more

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155 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 30% (46)
4 40% (62)
3 22% (34)
2 5% (7)
1 4% (6)
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