Marcia Williams - The Iliad and the Odyssey

I really like Williams's books. So does my five-year old son. But this rendition brought some condemnation from my wife. For compared to her other wonderful works, this one (through no real fault of her own given the original she is dealing with) is quite violent. Not that her others are completely lacking in the death and gore scenes, but The Iliad and the Odyssey takes the cake. I haven't seen this much carnage since The Old Testament.

The humor is also aimed at a bit older audience. So while I can heartily recommend Greek Myths for Young Children for four- to seven-year olds, I think we will shelve this one for the time being and bring it out when my kids are ready for more cryptic humor and when they have a better grasp of the difference between myth and real life. I still enjoy it as much as her other books. A violence-free version wouldn't do justice, for me at least, to Homer's originals.

from the publisher:
For 3,000 years the myth-laced tales of courage, cunning, and tragic folly in THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY have riveted listeners and readers of all ages. Now Marcia Williams renders these venerable stories in her well-loved comic-strip style. With a snappy text and riotously detailed panel artwork, she creates a retelling that is both faithful to the originals and yet delightfully modern in its humor and its appeal to today's young readers.

"In her signature comic-strip style, Williams gives Homer's epic chronicles of warring gods, mortals, and monsters a rollicking new incarnation....Williams's recipe for leavening the classics is as satisfying as ever." --Publishers Weekly

"Williams manages to distill a complex and multilayered saga into a logical sequence of cause and effect...A plethora of details can be examined in each cell...Although the vocabulary is challenging, the format will appeal to reluctant readers." --School Library Journal

"Marcia Williams has created her sixth multimedia, intertextual, eminently hip resuscitation of a classic...serious and witty...Williams profoundly exploits every possibility of her strip-panel genre and her intricately artful and mythically allusive borders...Williams' multilevel text...is of a rich intricacy that is intolerable to superficial readers....I can hardly think of an imaginative or contextually enlightening allusion that has escaped Williams." --Boston Globe