Friday, August 18, 2017

Bull by David Elliott - OPTIONAL

Elliott, David Bull.  200 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.  $17.99.  Content:  Language:  R (8 swears, 5 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence:  PG-13.

This book is a poetic retelling of the Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur. The book is told in three books with a prologue and epilogue and is told through the points of view of six different characters.  Author Elliott, writes each of the characters using a different poetic form.  

This book is a short, quick read that has been likened to Hamilton meets Greek mythology.  I was unfamiliar with this particular myth before reading the book, but a quick Google search gave me the background I needed. Elliott admits to being imaginative and taking liberties with parts of the story.  I think this book has a writing style that will appeal to high school students.  However, this book uses vulgar language and has adult themes that may not be welcome in some classrooms or school library shelves. 

HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer:  Nancy W.

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