May 16, 2018

#BookReview of Argos by Ralph Hardy

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

About the Book: 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 outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He struggles to survive and do whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

And what of that family—his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those twenty years, they wait, unsure if they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage—and hope that one day his master will return. Meanwhile, Argos watches over his master’s family and protects them from the dangers that surround a throne without its king.

Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: HarperCollins
Recommended Age: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author: Ralph Hardy graduated from the University of North Carolina and received an MFA from Columbia College, Chicago. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and two children. He is also the author of "Lefty" and "The Cheetah Diaries".

Recommend this book? Totally!!

Notes and Opinions: Can we talk about how adorable this book was?? I've read The Odyssey and so it was fun basically read it from another point of view, especially Odysseus's dog! The biggest thing that stuck out to me was the loyalty Argos had to Odysseus. And each animal that was used in the book had their own individual personalities and it was quite adorable. This was such a cool way to tell Odysseus's story for young readers. The only down side is that it is very long and slow paced. But overall, this is a great and fun read for young kids or anyone not wanting to read The Odyssey!

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