|A Song for Ella Grey
by David Almond
Claire and Ella are best friends in Tyneside, England. On a trip to the Northumberland beach, Claire is fascinated by Orpheus, a wandering musician who plays the lyre. Ella and Orpheus fall in love, and Claire agrees to help them elope. This modern retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth is spellbinding.
by Lucy Coats, Brett Bean
Pandemonius (Demon) is the son of the god Pan and a mortal woman. When Demon is 10, his father steals him away from his human mother and sets him to work caring for the mythical creatures that reside in the stables of Olympus. Many of the creatures have suffered mistreatment by gods and heroes, so Demon has his work cut out for him. Energetic cartoons add to the fun of this first book in the Beasts of Olympus series.
by Gillian Cross, Neil Packer
This beautifully illustrated book tells the exciting tale of the ten-year journey of Odysseus returning from the Trojan War, facing storms, the man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the god Poseidon. Meanwhile, his wife Penelope struggles to protect her virtue and her palace from greedy interlopers who try to convince her that Odysseus must be dead.
Odyssey: A Pop-Up Book
by Sam Ita
This graphic novel retelling
of Odysseus’s epic journey includes brilliant interactive
details. A sharpened stick flies into the eye of Polyphemus,
and a pull-tab magically transforms a man into a pig
on Circe’s island. Modern dialog adds humor to this
classic tale without detracting from the original story.
Incredible Voyage of Ulysses
by Bimba Landmann
After the defeat of the Trojans
by the Greeks in a 10-year war, Ulysses, king of Ithaca,
heads home to his faithful wife Penelope. His voyage
home takes another 10 years, and as Ulysses battles cannibals,
monsters, and other magical creatures, Penelope fends
off suitors determined to convince her Ulysses is long
dead. This retelling of Homer’s epic tale is presented
in a richly illustrated style designed to draw readers
into the gripping adventure.
Fate of Achilles
by Bimba Landmann
When Achilles was born, the
Fates foretold that his destiny would be tied to that
of Rome. The son of the nymph Thetis and King Peleus,
Achilles was raised by Chiron, a centaur who taught
the boy how to fight and how to live with honor. When
asked to help avenge the Greeks against the Trojans,
Achilles agrees, though his mother warns him that he
will not survive the battle. This retelling of Homer’s
epic continues the story begun in The
Incredible Voyage of Ulysses.
Book of Curious Creatures
by Julie Larios
Julie Paschkis’s incredible gouache
paintings illustrate poems about creatures from mythology
|The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco
Okiku, a vengeful spirit, wanders the world in search of those who abuse and murder children, killing them in order to free the souls of the tormented children. Okiku discovers that Tark Halloway (15) is possessed by a violent spirit. Okiku feels an unexpected fondness for Tark and his cousin Callie, and their journey to Japan allows Okiku to confront her own tragic origin. This scary tale is based on a Japanese legend.
from the Gods: Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman
by Lise Lunge-Larsen, Gareth Hinds
This lavishly illustrated book
will appeal to both mythology fans and word lovers. Using
dictionary definitions, quotes from children’s literature,
and graphic-novel style illustrations, the authors trace
the origins of common words and expressions to Greek
and Roman myths. For example,
“museums” were originally temples built
to honor the nine muses, and “janitor” comes
from Janus, the god of doorways and hallways.
to the Sun:
Pueblo Indian Tale
by Gerald McDermott
Caldecott Medal 1975
A young boy searches for his father and
must prove he is worthy by passing through four ceremonial chambers
in this retelling of the Pueblo Native American legend. The bold
and colorful geometric illustrations echo Pueblo designs.
|Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals
by Donna Jo Napoli, Christina Balit
this lavishly illustrated collection includes tales of Egyptian gods and monsters, placing them within the context of Egyptian history, culture, and beliefs. Powerful storytelling and images make the myths come alive.
of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters
by Donna Jo Napoli, Christina
Timeless stories of Greek
mythology are brought to life through vivid text
and stunning illustrations. Sidebars help to make
the connections between the characters clear, and
connect the myths to real life events and places.
This fascinating book will enchant a new generation
Mythologica: Dragons and Monsters Pop-Up
by Matthew Reinhart and Robert
Stunning creatures from both
Eastern and Western traditions pop up dramatically
from the pages of this incredibly detailed book. A
Chinese dragon’s body unfolds, Medusa’s snaky locks
unfurl, and Dracula’s coffin lid lifts as he awakens.
Lesser known creatures such as the lycanthrope, golem,
and wendigo are profiled with details of the cultures
that imagined them. The final book in the Encyclopedia
Mythologica trilogy that includes Gods
and Heroes and Fairies
and Magical Creatures.
Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-Up
by Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda
This well crafted pop-up book
presents a global tour of gods and heroes, including
classical mythology, as well as Egyptian, Norse, Eastern,
and New World legends. The pop-ups are intricately
detailed, exquisitely designed, and sturdier than they
look. The stunning art and interesting text will inspire
older readers to find out more about these fascinating
Gods and Heroes.
by David Wisniewski
Caldecott Medal 1997
Elaborate cut-paper collage illustrations
provide dramatic visuals for this retelling of the Jewish legend
of Rabbi Loew who used his powers to create a gigantic Golem
from clay to protect his people from persecution in the ghettos
of 16th-century Prague.