A beautifully illustrated account of the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts with informative details from the award-winning author of Electric Ben The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the earliest recorded Greek myths. Here, master artist Robert Byrd has created a striking telling of the legend for a new generation of readers. Complete with explanatory notes and illustrated back matter, Jason and the Argonauts traces each step of our hero’s journey, from the Golden Fleece’s origin story and Jason’s childhood to his triumphant return with the prize and eventual death. Deftly designed to accommodate glorious large pictures and captioned insets, the book is not only a great story, but a wealth of information about ancient Greece.
Robert Byrd is a successful commercial artist and children’s book illustrator whose award-winning picture books include Electric Ben:The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer.
“The complexity andrichness of both tale and pictures offer a lot to pore over and ponder.” – The Horn Book
“This handsome book offers a colorfully illustrated retelling of Jason’s adventures.” – Booklist
“A gripping account of the Argonauts’ heroic and tragic quest.” – Publishers Weekly
“Mythology has come to the forefront of literature in the last several years and this book will become a go to title.” – School Library Connection
Praise for Electric Ben: 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Book Award Winner 2013 Bank Street Best Book of the Year 2013 Golden Kite Honor book A Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012 A 2012 Horn Book Fanfare A 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor book
* “A beautifully realized labor of love and affection brings to life one of our brightest founding fathers.” – Kirkus Book Reviews, starred review
*“…this book shimmers with excitement, begging to be read.” – The Horn Book, starred review
*“It’s a fascinating and comprehensive portrait, and an asset for student research.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
*“Large in format and ambitious in scope, this appealingly designed book spotlights Benjamin Franklin and his times.” – Booklist, starred review
*“Author/illustrator Robert Byrd presents highlights of the long and varied life of one of America’s most famous citizens in this picture book biography.” – Library Media Connection, starred review
“a true standout…bright, witty, informative and cleverly organized as the man himself.” – The New York Times