Bull by David ElliottBull by David Elliott


byDavid Elliott

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the &nbspNew York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's&nbspmost infamous monsters.

I think you may have heard of me,
but might not know my name:
Ruler of the Stars (in younger days),
Monster of the Maze . . .
David Elliott is a New York Times  best-selling children's author. His most recent titles include On the Wing,  Nobody's Perfect,  and The Orq books. Born in Ohio, David currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a three-footed dog. www.davidelliottbooks.com
Title:BullFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544610601

ISBN - 13:9780544610606


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Although the book was written in poetic language I connected more with the characters than I have with some full novels. Poseidon reminded me of this foul mouthed gangster who gets a kick out of messing with others. He made me laugh from page one and I completely felt his power. In contrast, the "minotaur" made me connect on a completely different level. He was soft and weak but you couldn't help but instantly forge a bond with him. It was great!
Date published: 2017-06-17

Editorial Reviews

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"