Review: Bull

Bull by David Elliott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via Netgalley for the purpose of review**

I can see why the publisher chose to reference Hamilton in their jacket blurb for this novel.

It’s hip! The kids (and the rest of the world) love it! It’s got sick rhymes!

Yeah, okay, look: just because something is written in rhyming verse and with non-archaic language while dealing with a subject of the past does not make it like Hamilton. But now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Bull really is an absolute delight to read.

If you’re like me and overly-familiar with Classical myth, then you not only know the myth of the Minotaur, but you also know pretty much all the personalities of the players involved. Nowadays, it’s fun to look at these extreme personalities — from Poseidon to Minos to Theseus and Ariadne — and poke a little fun at them. As satire, Bull hits the nail on the head at telling the story, but eviscerating the people involved. And yet it’s all in good fun.

As poetry, the rhymes of Bull are impressive, though I will admit that some of the narrative voices of the various players all blend together it you’re not paying too close attention while you read. But beyond that, I can see this appealing to a wide range of readers: from mythophiles like myself to people who like seeing old stories told in new ways — and it’s even better if you’re just looking for a good laugh.

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