Nick McCarthy is a highly-respected author who writes extensively for television and radio as well as writing books. His retelling of A Tale of Two Cities won the Sony Award for best Adaptation. Victor Ambrus has won the World Wildlife Award and has been twice awarded the Kate Greenaway Gold Medal for the best illustrated children's book of the year. He has illustrated over one hundred books for young people and has written or adapted more than a dozen children's books himself.
Gr 4-8-An exciting text in large print and action-packed illustrations create an accessible version of a classic tale. Mixed in with the fast-paced, colloquial language are bits of formalized archaic phrasing that enhance the ancient setting. However, the illustrations, though colorful and well placed on the page, do not always represent the text. For example, though given a "sword hilt to bite on" while Patroclus removes a three-barbed arrow from his leg, Eurypylus is depicted sitting with his jaw clenched-on nothing. McCarty's fresh retelling will especially appeal to readers reluctant to pick up more formal retellings such as Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships before Troy (Delacorte, 1993), and who enjoyed Marcia Williams's irreverent comic-strip retellings in The Iliad and the Odyssey (Candlewick, 1996).-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.