Bibliographic information: Byrd, R. (2005). The Hero and The Minotaur: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.
Annotation: This book is about the adventure of Theseus, the son of king Aegeus. He trains when he is young and becomes very strong, and when he becomes strong enough he travels to meet his father. He then decides to go fight the Minotaur so that people won’t have to be sacrificed each year anymore. Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, wanted to save the prince. She gave him a ball of yarn to unravel as he walked, making it easier for him to find his way out. Theseus killed the Minotaur and escaped with all of the people that were going to be sacrificed as well as the princess. Icarus and Daedalus stayed behind and were locked up, but they built wings to escape from the tower. Icarus flew to close to the sun and plunged to his death in the sea. The god Dionysus married the princess, and Theseus returned to Athens, forgetting to put up the white sail. His father threw himself off of the cliff, and Theseus became the new king.
Grade Level: 5-6
Readers who will like this book: People who like Greek Mythology, people who like adventure stories, people who like kings.
Personal Response and Rating: 5/5.
I would give this book a 4.5/5. I thought that this book was a little confusing to keep track of all the characters. However, I think that it was a good story about the adventures of Theseus. I thought that it might be a little too violent with all of the people who died in the story.
Text Dependent Question: Why would the princess want to help the prince? What makes Theseus strong?