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Greek Myths

 

Black Ships before Troy - Rosemary Sutcliffe illustrated by Alan Lee (£12.99 Frances Lincoln) 

This is one of our most favourite tellings of the story of Troy. Partly based on the Iliad, the book tells the story of the Trojan War, from the birth of Paris to the building of the Trojan Horse. The illustrations are wonderful and the writing is poetic but also totally accessible for young and old. One for everyone's bookshelves.

Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths - Lucy Coats illustrated by Anthony Lewis (£12.99 Orion)

Lucy Coats is a passionate lover of Greek mythology and in her comprehensive and compulsively readable telling of the best of the stories of Ancient Greece is a delight. Atticus is competing in the Storytellers competition and needs to tell the best tales in the land. It is a brilliant way for young children to be read the stories. Each story is a perfect length and the illustrations are so memorable that each character is immortalised in Anthony Lewis' pictures.

Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark (Orchard Books £14.99)

Featuring all of the best-known stories, including Theseus & the Minotaur, Heracles, Daedalus & Icarus, The Wooden Horse and Pandora's Box. Retold by master storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean, with Emma Chichester Clark's blissful drawings, this is an essential for every family's bookshelf.

"These powerful stories are brought to a young modern audience with a verve and simplicity that makes them shine in our minds" - Michael Rosen

The Illiad and the Odyssey by Marcia Williams (Walker Books £7.99)

This collection of myths are told through fast and furious comic-strip action, with monsters, mighty heroes and even mightier gods and goddesses. Again featuring all the favourite stories the cartoon style makes them immediately relevant to younger children. Super fun.

 

Groovy Greeks - Horrible Histories by Terry Deary and Martin Brown (Scholastic £5.99)

This little book comes in paperback format and is great to have at hand for a funny telling of these crazy stories. Really funny and great audio book too.

Icarus was Ridiculous - Pamela Butchart illustrated by Thomas Flintham (£6.99 Nosy Crow) 

New for September this is an irreverent introduction to the Greek stories for young readers. This book was published in conjunction with the British Museum and is heaps of fun.

Usborne have cornered the market with Greek myth books. There are sticker books and activity books and illustrated tales and all sorts. 

We particularly love Greek Myths for Young Children by Heather Amery and Linda Edwards (Usborne £14.99)

This collection of the best-known of the Greek myths has been carefully written to appeal to young children who will find these stories of gods, mortals and monsters irresistible. Beautiful illustrations by Linda Edwards bring the myths to life for children of all ages.

Ancient Greek's Sticker Book by Fiona Watt and Paul Nicholls (Usborne £5.99)

Everyone has got to love a sticker book and this one is filled with Ancient Greek scenes that you can fill with a whole range of stickers while reading through the stories. Good for a rainy day.

 

The Percy Jackson Stories by Rick Riordan (Puffin £6.99)

For slightly older children this is a series that has got all our children hooked on the stories from Ancient Greece. The adventures of Percy Jackson, a Demi-god take you through all the adventures of the ancient world based in NYC. They are totally fab and we couldn't have done without them. If your children haven't read them they are in for a treat.

 

We couldn't resist putting up our favourite modern retellings from Greek mythology for grown-ups and teens.

 

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph £8.99)

Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance. Stephen Fry's writing is funny and he shows such an obvious love of these stories that reading them cannot but delight.

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures by Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph HB £20)

The next in his Ancient Greece series is filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

 

Circe by Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury £8.99)

We LOVED this book. One of the best books based on the Greek stories that has been published for a while. So Circe sets forth her tale, and it's a vivid, mesmerizing epic of family rivalry, love and loss. This is the story of Odysseus but told through the eyes of the witch Circe who holds him a prisoner (of sorts). She is an extraordinary force and it is an extraordinary book.  

House of Names by Colm Tolbin - (Penguin £8.99)
This unforgettable retelling of Clytemnestra’s intensely shocking story of betrayal is told with such beauty that is should be on everyone's reading list. Highly recommended.

 

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