Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Jason and the Argonauts by Robert Byrd -ADVISABLE

Byrd, Robert Jason and the Argonauts, Illustrated by Byrd, Robert. PICTURE BOOK. Dial, 2016. $17.99. Content: G
This large picture book tells the story of Jason, ancient prince, as he tries to take back his throne. We learn how he gained the support of Queen Hera, how he organized his crew of Argonauts for his journey. Readers discover how the journey for the golden fleece took many unexpected turns and the heroes battled a multitude of foes. We also learn how Jason falls in love and his new wife has unexpected and scary abilities. The illustrations sprawl large pages and features many tiny details and extra facts.
Knowing the complex and often strange plots of Greek mythology and already familiar with this story, I was not that excited to read this book. But it was a pleasant surprise as the author drew me in and held my attention through the many battles the Argonauts faced. The illustrations were not my favorite, but were nonetheless dynamic and interesting. I think a student would spend hours poring over this book and there are plenty of interested students at my school.

EL (K-3) –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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