A-maze-ing minotaur

Juliet Rix, 1961-

Book - 2014

Retells the Greek myth of how Theseus defeated King Minos' Minotaur with help from Princess Ariadne.

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Published
London : Frances Lincoln Children's Books 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781847804310
1847804314
Main Author
Juliet Rix, 1961- (author)
Other Authors
Juliet Snape (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

King Minos of Crete keeps the monstrous Minotaur in the labyrinth beneath his palace. Every nine years, he feeds the beast 14 young Athenians. When Theseus, the Prince of Athens, arrives as one of the 14, he falls in love with Minos' daughter, Ariadne. With her help, Theseus enters the subterranean maze, slays the Minotaur, and sails homeward with Ariadne as well as his compatriots. The telling is simple, direct, and satisfying, while a historical note and a map help readers put the tale into historical and geographical perspective. In the first half of the story, the rather stately but intriguing illustrations are often divided horizontally to show events taking place above ground, while the Minotaur lurks below. The double-page picture of Theseus entering the labyrinth depicts it as a dark but fascinating three-dimensional tangle of torch-lit stairs, landing, and passageways. The endpapers feature a handsome repeated design inspired by the bull-leaping fresco from Knossos. An engaging picture-book version of the Greek myth. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 4—A diluted but satisfactory picture-book version of the terrifying tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. King Minos keeps the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster, beneath his castle in a long and complex maze. Every nine years, Athens sends 14 children (seven girls and seven boys) to the king in order to feed the terrible beast as compensation for an unmentioned debt. Theseus, prince of Athens, joins the sacrificial group but swears to kill the Minotaur. Upon arrival, he meets Minos's daughter, Ariadne, who offers her assistance, helping Theseus to kill the Minotaur and escape. The bright watercolor illustrations were inspired by the Minoan paintings found at Knossos on the island of Crete. A glimpse of the terrible maze under the castle provides glimpses of the beast below while the principal action takes place in the palace above. Readers will enjoy following the twists and turns in a spread of the maze, which includes the bones of former occupants, broken pottery, and snakes. A brief account of the archaeological discovery of Knossos and a simple map of Crete and its surrounding geography is appended. Those seeking to round out their mythology collections will find this an acceptable choice.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH [Page 149]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

King Minos keeps a strange and dangerous beast in the maze of narrow corridors beneath his castle, known as the Labyrinth. This is the dreaded Minotaur who, every nine years is fed a horrible meal of seven young men and seven young girls from Athens, sent down to the Labyrinth to their deaths. Once inside the Labyrinth no one is ever able to find their way out. Theseus, prince of Athens, vows to kill the Minotaur, and he willingly sails to Crete with the other young Athenians destined to sate the beast's horrible hunger. Helped by the king's daughter, Ariadne, who has fallen in love with him, Theseus enters the Labyrinth, armed with his sword and a ball of golden thread. "Unravel it as you go into the maze and you will be able to find your way out," Ariadne tells the young man. Will Theseus kill the Minotaur? Will he be able to get out of the maze? Follow Theseus on his quest, through the Labyrinth, and see if YOU can spot where the Minotaur is lurking, and if you can follow the thread and help Theseus escape?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

King Minos keeps a strange and dangerous beast in the maze of narrow corridors beneath his castle, known as the Labyrinth. This is the dreaded Minotaur who, every nine years is fed a horrible meal of seven young men and seven young girls from Athens, sent down to the Labyrinth to their deaths. Once inside the Labyrinth no one is ever able to find their way out. Theseus, prince of Athens, vows to kill the Minotaur, and he willingly sails to Crete with the other young Athenians destined to sate the beast's horrible hunger. Helped by the king's daughter, Ariadne, who has fallen in love with him, Theseus enters the Labyrinth, armed with his sword and a ball of golden thread. "Unravel it as you go into the maze and you will be able to find your way out" Ariadne tells the young man.Will Theseus kill the Minotaur? Will he be able to get out of the maze? Follow Theseus on his quest, through the Labyrinth, and see if YOU can spot where the Minotaur is lurking, and if you can follow the thread and help Theseus escape?