Shortlisted for 2004 BBC Blue Peter Book Awards
Atticus the storyteller leaves his home in Crete and sets out on an epic journey round Greece with Melissa, his faithful donkey. His destination is the competition that takes place at the great Storytelling Festival at Troy. On the way he visits all the places where the stories actually happened, and retells the tales of Theseus and the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, King Midas, Odysseus and many many more to all the people he meets on his travels. He survives shipwreck, storms, savage dogs and all manner of obstacles before he arrives at Troy. Accessible to even the youngest readers, this is a wonderful way to discover the greatest and most exciting stories the world has ever known.
“A splendid reminder of the wonder of the oldest of stories. This large, fat volume… should be in every home and classroom. The language is sure and lyrical and the tales read aloud well. A perfect gift.” Wendy Cooling The Bookseller
“A real winner.For a long time there has been a real lack of a superb retelling of the Greek Myths for younger children. This version will be with us for a long time, it is to be hoped, as it is vibrant, immediate and above, all fun! Provides that wealth of small detail which children find so fascinating. A really lovely book for all the family to share.”
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“A brilliant, accessible introduction to the Greek myths.” The Good Book Guide