Keeper of the Winds

Next Odysseus and his men reached the island ruled by King Aeolus, the god of the winds. Aeolus welcomed Odysseus and gave him a mysterious leather bag, which he told him never to open. Then he sent a gentle breeze after the ships to guide them home. But when Odysseus's back was turned, the greedy crew opened the bag, looking for treasure. Out rushed terrible storms, which drove the scene from storyships back to the island. This time Aeolus refused to help them. Worse was to come. Setting out again they were blown to the land of the Laestrygonians. There the unfortunate crew met King Antiphates, a man-eating giant, who promptly gobbled up another of Odysseus's men. The rest of the men fled back to their ships, chased by the giants.

The Voyages of Odysseus

After the Trojan War, Odysseus wants to sail straight home to Ithaca and his wife, Penelope. But the gods are angry with our hero. His fleet will be driven off course, his ships smashed by storms, and his men gobbled down by a giant Cyclops. Will he make it home?

Sue Reid on the background to The Voyages of Odysseus . . .

Retelling the myth as a picture book was different from anything I'd done before. Many years ago, however, I'd worked as an editorial assistant on picture books for a big publisher. I tried to remember what I'd learnt then. In good picture books the illustrations and words work together to tell the story. I was lucky that I had Mark Bergin's brilliant comic illustrations to help. Odysseus had many extraordinary adventures - and there was a lot to fit in. It was quite a challenge!

If you want to know more . . .

In the book you'll also find some information about the Ancient Greeks, and a map showing the part of the world where they lived. You can also find out a bit about the Trojan War, and the part Odysseus played in ending it. At the back there's a useful 'who's who' explaining who the characters are and little storyteller boxes throughout the book help give answers to things you might be curious about as you read the story.

Publisher: Book House
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1904642322
ISBN-13: 978-1904642329
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"I found the book to be very exciting. I especially enjoyed how Sue Reid includes a map to help the reader picture the voyages of Odysseus."
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