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Greek Myths

Authored by Ann Turnbull
Illustrated by Sarah Young
Published by Walker Books

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Greek Myths is a collection of classic tales from Greek mythology, and Ann Turnbull has reworked them beautifully for a new audience. There is a useful introduction from the author that acts as a preface to the text.

These short, engaging tales are easy to read and split into sections: Earth, the Heavens and the Underworld; Monsters and Heroes and Gods and Mortals. The book welcomes you into a world of magic and monsters; heroes and heroines; comedy and tragedy. Ann Turnbull’s captivating writing retells some of the most well-known Greek myths for children from King Midas and his greed to the snake-haired Medusa. Vivid and provocative illustrations by Sarah Young capture the power and excitement of these stories and evoke the age of these timeless myths.

This book would appeal to all readers but is ideal as an independent read for KS2 readers. It would be particularly good for reluctant readers as the text can be accessed in short chunks, one story at a time. Although I read this text from start to finish, it could easily be read out of order. I enjoyed finding the links between the tales, as Ann mentions in the introduction. I imagine that readers will return again and again to their favourite tales.

This collection of timeless tales is something to treasure and will be a staple on bookshelves. It will appeal to those who love Greek mythology but is also a fabulous introduction to the world of myths and legends for new readers.