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Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From a compelling new voice in middle grade comes a reimagination of The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog—a thrilling tale of loyalty, determination, and adventure.

For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, he begins the long journey back home. He defeats monsters. He outsma
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by HarperCollins
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Jan 05, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I think this might work for an upper elementary reader, but for an adult I am bored to tears. Moving on and donating this one to the local library.
Hardy's taken the story of the Odyssey and retold it through the eyes of an imaginary loyal dog. While Odysseus is attempting to make his way home from the Trojan War, Argos, The Boar Slayer, remains at home attempting to take care of Odysseus's wife and son. What should have been a simple voyage home becomes much more complicated as Odysseus and his men visit various islands and have a bunch of adventures along the way. After blinding a Cyclops who happens to be the son of Poseidon, they find t ...more
Zoe Wadsworth
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ralph Hardy has turned the classic story of the Odyssey into something else with his book Argos. The book is definitely written to entertain and Hardy goes above and beyond to achieve this goal. The story of Odysseus is told from the point of view of his loyal dog, Argos. It tells the how Argos received the information of his master and his amazing journey. Argos, Odysseus’s loyal hound, also goes by the name of Boar Slayer. As a cross between wolf and bear, Argos is very recognizable and respe ...more
Matthew Travagline
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I have to admit, the storytelling method did wear thin, and the story would’ve been much more intriguing if Argos has snuck with Odysseus on the adventure. But I don’t think it was a one-star terrible way to tell this story.

The book would definitely be better suited for middle grade readers who are either unfamiliar with The Odyssey, or are currently reading it. Because it does work as a reading aide.
Deann Doolittle
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok book. Little long and sometimes repetitive.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Narrated by Argos, Boar Slayer, loyal dog to king Odysseus; Hardy re-tells the ancient Geek epic from Argos' perspective.
This would make a good complement to the original epic
Two BookWorms Blog
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Argos, however, is a retelling. However, it is told from the viewpoint of Odysseus’s faithful dog, Argos

For the full review:
DeAnna H. Koch
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure joy

A fresh and exciting version of one of history’s greatest stories. Very fast moving tale with a unique perspective. Brilliant.
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Feb 13, 2019 is currently reading it
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May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It could of had more action.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cried so hard. Dogs!
Zachary Flye
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it

Protagonist: This is my second adventure into books with animal protagonists, and for the most part I don't mind it, however it doesn't feel all that special. I mean essentially the author just gives human intelligance and understanding to an animal or multiple animals of their story. In this story we have Argos who's fierce loyalty to his master is well known. So much so that various animals seek him out to tell him tales of his master. What I really enjoyed about Argos in this tale is t
Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Copy provided by Young Adults Books Central-2016
Copy provided by Media Masters Publicity since I totally forgot I read this, 2018

Argos is Odysseus' loyal dog, who was also called Boar Slayer, since he was the only survivor of a boar attack that killed his mother and littler mates. When his master goes off to fight in the Trojan war, Argos stays behind to protect Penelope and the young Telemachus. After the war is over, Argos gets news of Odysseus' escapades on his return home from a variety of c
Tessa Joy
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
It has been many years since Odysseus left Ithaca for the Trojan War. Odysseus’s dog, Argos, maintains his promise to protect Odysseus’s family during his absence. But times are becoming desperate for Penelope—Odysseus’s wife—and Telemachos—their son. Greedy men, calling themselves suitors, take advantage of Penelope’s hospitality on a daily basis. These suitors try to pressure Penelope into admitting Odysseus is dead so she can remarry one of them. Since many suitors see young Telemachos as a t ...more
I think this book would be great for middle graders who are just being introduced to the world of Greek mythology. The writing is extremely simple and Argos is a fun narrator to follow around. However, as an adult, I found the book as a whole to be extremely boring. Going into it, I thought that we would be following Odysseus on his adventures and that Argos (in an interesting twist) would be with him. Instead, Argos is left behind to guard the mistress Penelope and their son, Telemachos. A good ...more
Saleena Davidson
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Argos was my most disappointing book; because I was hoping that either Argos would have some adventures, or maybe he snuck along somehow and was there with Odysseus on his adventures. Instead I have a dog who is at home, recounting the troubles at home, while hearing about the adventures of his master from birds he has scouting and looking for him. It makes the adventures of Odysseus very dry (they are told second hand and in a very brief synopsis....from BIRDS); and the rather intriguing things ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-review
Well if you like dogs as main characters in a book and have considered reading Odysseus then pick this book up. I enjoyed it-I thought it was well written. I think it would be a difficult sell for the intended audience. It definitely is for AVID readers. It would be a good book to use with kids if you wanted to teach them about the Odyssey and read it with them. It is engaging, just quite long and written in a style reflective of the time period. 3 stars because it really misses the mark as far ...more
Beth Schultz
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Since this book is supposed to be a middle grades book, I was highly disappointed in the writing. It is way too difficult for middle school students. The language, sentence structure, and vocabulary was much too complex. While the idea of an animal as the main character and the plot would interest middle level students, I feel it would be inaccessible to most because of the difficulty of the text.

Disclaimer: I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway, yet the review is entirely my own thoug
Laura McNeal
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book does at least two of the most wonderful, unique, essential things that long-form fiction for children can do: it speaks in the trustworthy voice of an animal and tells a heroic tale. The brilliant idea of recounting this adventure story through brave, loyal Argos and the many creatures he meets is wittily executed, and his tale of animal faithfulness belongs on the shelf with Old Yeller, Bambi, Where the Red Fern Grows, Aesop's Fables, and D'Aulaire's illustrated Greek and Norse myths.
Casey MacFarlane
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I expected this book to be about a dog that had accompanied Odysseus on his voyage. However Argos (the loyal dog) stays behind on Ithaka and we learn of Odysseus' travels through various animals that visit the island.

The overall story of The Odyssey is watered down but it is a fun take on the tale. My 10 year old may struggle with some of the names but it is a good introduction to the Greek myths. I enjoyed reading it and will be sharing the book.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I will admit at first it was strange reading from a dogs POV, but once I started getting further into the book the more and more I enjoyed it. I actually found myself looking up some of the gods online to see who they were.

The characters were highly likable and Argos was one character you couldn't help falling in love with. He had such devotion and loyalty to his master Odysseus, even after the 20+ years he had been gone. The tales he learned from fellow animals suc
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this as a gift and read it in the course of a day or three. It's been years since I read The Odyssey, but even with only vague recollections of Odysseus this was an enjoyable re-telling of the tale, from the point of view of Odysseus's loyal dog Argos. Argos did not travel with Odysseus, but occasionally receives news of his master's travels by asking seagulls, turtles, and other traveling critters if they know anything about the Wily One.

I'd read it again, and I'm inspired to re-read
Ben James
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Argos. It's a Greek myth told by an animal (Odysseus's dog) and because it switches narration
at the end of the book, and also with the crows telling Argos things. It's also fun because it switches
settings so you get to meet so many different people, and since the main characters are animals
I like how you see how they think of what the humans are doing.

Wiley, age 7
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Remember the tale of Odyesseus? Remember how it was long and drawn out with extra things thrown in that added nothing to the story? Welp, meet the same thing told second hand from a dog's perspective. Skip. DNF
Melissa Craven
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-shelf
Young fans of Percy Jackson will love Argos
See my full review at YA Books Central, Top 100 reviewer
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love stories told from different perspectives, so this was very enjoyable for me to read. The story of Odysseus was told not just by his dog, but other animals (mostly birds) too.
Dec 13, 2016 added it
I have read about 3/4th of the way but did not finish due to getting distracted by some assigned reading and forgot to finish it
Catherine Stancil
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the most unique retelling of the Odyssey that I have ever read since it is told by a dog who can talk to other animals.
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