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Homer’s illustrious language may bring scenes from his epic poem, “The Odyssey,” to life, but looking at art inspired by the story is still a fun extra.

Candlewick Press’ new retelling of “The Odyssey was written in a simple style by Gillian Cross, and features images of Odysseus battling a fierce cyclops and fending off lustful sirens.

Illustrator Neil Packer designed this version with his signature style, both ornate and two-dimensional. (He also illustrated Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose” and a specially adorned version of “The Origin of Species”.)

Check out these gorgeous images from the book:

THE ODYSSEY. Retelling copyright © 2012 by Gillian Cross. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Neil Packer. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.