Icarus Was Ridiculous

Icarus Was Ridiculous

By Author / Illustrator

Pamela Butchart, Thomas Flintham



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Nosy Crow Ltd




Paperback / softback




Izzy LOVES all the stories the Ancient Greeks told! She can't wait to tell her friends about Icarus, who was a TOTAL NUMPTY, and the Trojan Horse, which ended a war and wasn't even REAL! So pull up a plinth and enjoy all the DRAMA of the original Greek myths, as told by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham, in collaboration with the British Museum. Now with even more SANDALS!Laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. Read more of Izzy's adventures! Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat The Demon Dinner Ladies There's a Werewolf in my Tent To Wee or Not to Wee The Phantom Lollipop Man There's a Yeti in the Playground



Icarus was Ridiculous by Pamela Butchart is published in collaboration with the British Museum. This book retells some of the most dramatic Greek Myths in a modern and humorous way. Izzy, the main character, is extremely knowledgeable about Greek mythology and throughout the book enlightens her friends with stories which relate to characters from the myths when they do something to remind her about them. From Zach being portrayed as Icarus for not listening to the teacher when on a school trip, to Jodie being obsessed with taking selfies being compared to Narcissus. The myths are retold through the language of a child and very modern comparisons are used to make the myths more light-hearted. For instance, when Izzy recalls the story about Helen of Troy leaving the house after Paris is killed, she explains that it is because King Priam had tried to give her a perm(!). There are some superb illustrations by Thomas Flintham that enable the reader to engage in the book more. I found the language of the book easy to comprehend and the stories entertaining and feel that it would be perfect for lower key stage 2 pupils, as it makes the myths very easy to understand. This would be a great accompaniment for children learning about Ancient Greece, or an excellent book to promote pleasure for reading. 272 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Hayley Summerfield, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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