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Bull

David Elliott


9781328596338

Houghton Mifflin


Children's & Educational;
Children's & young adult fiction & true stories;
Classic fiction (Children's&YA);
Traditional stories (Children's&YA)


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224 pages

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Resurrected from the dark depths of the labyrinth, this fresh, deliciously shocking, and darkly comedic novel-in-verse takes on the Theseus and Minotaur myth and shines a light on one of history's most infamous monsters.

Garnering six starred reviews, this update of the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur has been called beautifully clever, a literary feast fit for the gods, 'powerful and engrossing,' 'irresistible, slick, and sharp,' 'a genre of its own,' and 'rude - crude, and it's a whole bunch of fun.'

By:   David Elliott
Imprint:   Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 14mm
ISBN:   9781328596338
ISBN 10:   1328596338
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   May 2019
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 17 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

David Elliott is a NY Times bestselling children's author whose many titles include And Here's to You!, The Evangeline Mudd books, In the Wild, On the Wing, and Nobody's Perfect. David has worked as a singer, a cucumber washer, and a popsicle stick maker. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a three-footed dog. www.davidelliottbooks.com


Beautifully clever. --Weekend Edition Saturday Razor-sharp rhyme schemes and sly, vicious humor make Bull a bawdy yet sophisticated romp, a literary feast fit for the gods. - Shelf Awareness, starred review Elliott contemporizes the ancient story of blackmail, betrayal, and revenge with humor, poignancy, and profanity . . . . the personalities and voices Elliott brings to these mythical characters make this powerful and engrossing book a genre of its own. --Publishers Weekly, starred review .. .Elliott's clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt. --Horn Book, starred review There's nothing half-blooded or Disneyfied in David Elliott's energetic, multi- voiced verse novel retelling . . . . Brief, useful notes explain both the liberties taken with the myth and choices of form for each character. Nods to Hamilton are inevitable, but whether or not Lin-Manuel Miranda had anything to do with inspiring what we hope will be a trend of transforming old stories into hip-hop gold, all readers and educators can say at this point is keep 'em coming. --Bulletin, starred review Elliott's absolutely magnetic rhythms will wake up any high school class, and the book could also work as a play. Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)--with plenty of bull to dissect. --Kirkus, starred review This striking reexamination of the Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur [is] a conceit that easily could have floundered; in Elliott's capable hands, it soars. -- Booklist, starred review Elliott's contemporary take on the classic myth incorporates modern slang, profanity, and a bawdy sense of humor into an accessible, highly entertaining, and original novel... Recommended for most large collections, particularly those in need of engaging interpretations of classic myths. --School Library Journal It's rude, it's crude, and it's a whole bunch of fun. --BookPage David Elliott's Bull does for mythology what Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has done for U.S. history. Teens of all genders and reading levels will devour this salty, quick-witted retelling and the timely truth of this story: It takes a god to make a boy into a beast, but it is us humans who turn him into a monster. I loved this book. --Allan Wolf, author of The Watch That Ends the Night and New Found Land Stunning, explosive, and brilliantly-crafted. BULL is a perfect addition to the new canon of classics. --Liz Wright, Brazo Books Dark, disturbing, and devastatingly good. --Elana K. Arnold, author of Infandous and Sacred What an extraordinary book! Saucy and thoroughly modern, Bull feels both ageless and of our time, and is, above all, a bracing, unforgettable read. --Jane Brox, author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light The voices in this poem--as much hip hop as epic--taunt in a spirit that is at once modern ghetto and ancient philosopher. As a lover of the Greek tales, I'm so grateful for this dizzying ride. --Donna Jo Napoli, author of Sirena, Bound, and Beast Irreverent and witty, the book is a fantastic labyrinth of its own, with new turns and twists that deliver us to the wisdom at its center. --Kyoko Mori, author of One Bird and Shizuko's Daughter A remix told in striking and affecting verse, BULL offers a modern, haunting look at this story of power, lust, love, and revenge --Sara Grochowski, Brilliant Books An entirely refreshing twist on the indelicate undercurrents of Greek Mythology, BULL will inspire today's readers to rediscover the classics. --Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Books

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