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

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

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  • Title: Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog
  • Author: RalphHardy
  • ISBN: 9780062396785
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 outsmaFrom 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 BIRDS); and the rather intriguing things happeni [...]

    3. 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 res [...]

    4. 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.

    5. Review: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 [...]

    6. Copy provided by Young Adults Books CentralArgos 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 creatures who relay them to him. This way, the reader gets to see the events of the Ody [...]

    7. 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 Tel [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 giveaway, yet the review is entirely my own thoughts.

    10. 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. [...]

    11. I received this book from a 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.

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 switchessettings so you get to meet so many different people, and since the main characters are animalsI like how you see how they think of what the humans are doing.Wiley, age 7

    15. 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

    16. Young fans of Percy Jackson will love Argos See my full review at YA Books Central, Top 100 reviewer link: yabookscentral/kbc-home/latest-kids-indie/discussions/review?id=38666

    17. 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.

    18. 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

    19. 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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