The Resource Cyclops, written and illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher

Cyclops, written and illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher

Label
Cyclops
Title
Cyclops
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War
Title
Cyclops
Creator
Summary
Describes the encounter between the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus and his men after the end of the Trojan War
Subject
Genre
Review
  • Fans of Fisher's well-sourced retellings of the Greek myths will shiverwith terror at this emotive episode in the adventures of Odysseus. The most electrifying aspect here is the astonishing art: readers' attention is grabbedwith the cover painting of the hideous Cyclops and held by one riveting spread after another. The mariners' boat is dwarfed and battered by waves; the skyis an ominous blue-black; the landscapes are dramatically lit by a sun that breaks through heavy clouds. The richly toned paintings intensify the theatricalityinherent in the confrontation between Odysseus and the mythic monster. Excitement builds with the interplay of light and shadow in the paintings of the doomed captives in the one-eyed giant's cave; the giant himself is so immense and threatening that the pages can barely contain him. Although the story's grisly aspects make it less palatable to those youngsters at the low end of the agerange, this is in any event enticing fare. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
  • /* Starred Review */ A well-known illustrator chooses a heroic tale that is especially well matched to his own powerful style: the story of Odysseus's terrifying encounter with Polyphemus, one of the "ugly, mean giants who had one hideous eye in the center of their foreheads...and made thunderbolts for Zeus." Fisher cites several standard sources for his narrative, which simply restates the stark events in Homer's original. Seeking refuge in the Cyclops's cave, Odysseus and his men are discovered and trapped; Polyphemus devours several before the wily wanderer and his remaining men contrive to blind him and escape by hanging beneath the giant's sheep as they exit from the cave. Merely serviceable prose, but Fisher's paintings wonderfully convey the tale's strength, terror, and universality. The mariners and their ship are tiny against the roiling waves, Sicily's mammoth cliffs, and the giant's fearsome bulk, yet they are undaunted. Polyphemus is a muscle-bound immensity whose single eye glares from a curiously realistic face that's sure to lure any child fascinated by such monstrous figures. The play of the Mediterranean sky's lush blue against the giant's flesh tones, his fire's evil glow, and the black depths of his cave enriches the drama. A fine achievement. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 1991)
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102251
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Target audience
juvenile
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
written and illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher
Label
Cyclops, written and illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
90029317 /AC
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. [Unp.]
Isbn
9780823408917
Isbn Type
:
Lccn
90029317 /AC
Other physical details
ill.,

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