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Theseus and the Minotaur

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
With luminous watercolor paintings and a straightforward text, here is a retelling, in picture-book form, of one of the great classic Greek myths. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published September 30th 1989)
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Mary
Assigned 398 as traditional literature by LOC, rather than the 290 assigned to mythology, even though the subject headings are Greek mythology. Although the cover clearly states this a retelling, there are no sources cited for the origin of the myth. The book tells the story of how Theseus, the son of the King of Athens, risks himself to free the people of Athens of the requirement to send 7 young men and 7 young women in tribute every 9 years to Minos, the King of Crete, who in turn gave them t ...more
Samra
Jan 18, 2017 Samra rated it really liked it
fun illustrations
Hannah Harris
Title: Theseus and the Minotaur
Author: Warwick Hutton
Genre: Myth
Theme(s): Greek mythology, royal sacrifice, bravery
Opening line/sentence:
"Every nine years, the people of Athens had to make a
dreadful payment in tribute to Minos, King of Crete,
because one of his sons had been killed in Athens."
Brief Book Summary:
Theseus, the son of well-liked King Aegus, volunteered as tribute and sacrifice to attempt a slaying of the Minotaur, a dreadful half-monster. Hidden under a labyrinth castle, Minotaur wa
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Rachel Denny
Title: Theseus and the Minotaur
Author: Warwick Hutton
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Mythology
Theme(s): Strength, Betrayal
Opening line/sentence: Every nine years, the people of Athens had to make a dreadful payment in tribute to Minos, king of Crete, because one of his sons had been killed in Athens.
Brief Book Summary: This is a retelling of the Greek myth of the hero Theseus and his battles with the monster that is known as the Minotaur. Hutton uses watercolor paintings to retel
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PictureBooks Review
This is one of the most downbeat of adventures, and Hutton doesn't do much to up-play it. He has a very dry, straightforward way of telling a story, which can comes across as unemotional. "Every nine years," he begins, "the people of Athens had to make a dreadful payment in tribute to Minos, king of Crete, because one of his sons had been killed in Athens." And that's the narrative tone for the story.

I was disappointed that the labyrinth gets such short shrift. I love seeing how different artist
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The Book Maven
Jun 13, 2014 The Book Maven rated it did not like it
All I can say is this: this is a book far too text-heavy to be in picture book format for children, and the illustrations are uncompelling illustrations. It's completely off-putting, from the very first page. For a better rendering of Theseus (as well as many other myths) try D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths.
Shelli
Jun 03, 2016 Shelli rated it really liked it
A nice addition to any elementary classroom/library for students covering or interested in Greek Mythology. I love reading all the varies versions of these tales to see all the subtle and not so subtle differences.
Jean-Marie
This was a read aloud to complement our Ancient Crete history lesson. This picture book offers a bit more to the story than the other two Minotaur books we read -- Monster in the Maze by Stephanie Spinner and The Minotaur of Knossos by Roberta Angeletti.
Brendan Howard
Jun 03, 2013 Brendan Howard rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-zahara
The 4-year-old didn't understand it all, but she asked good questions and was fairly rapt with attention.
Cheryl
The text was ok but I felt the watercolors were just too bland for the story.
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