Thursday, February 18, 2010

review: The Land of the Dead - Tales From the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne

genre: children's literature/myth
Tales From the Odyssey Book Two

In this second installment of the Odyssey, Odysseus has just been blown far away from home, where he'd nearly arrived for a minute there. What a shame he angered that Cyclops and got on the bad side of the Gods! In this book, we meet Circe, that crazy enchantress who turns soldiers into pigs, we travel to the land of the dead to get some not-really-helpful advice and we also meet more than one group of cannibals. Very sad - but incredibly entertaining to my 7 year old son. He begs to be read this book every night. Good thing Odysseus won't be arriving home any time soon and we can read more of his adventures!

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