Icarus Was Ridiculous
Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham
A visit to the British Museum inspires Izzy. Suddenly she sees parallels with the Greek Myths in the actions of her friends and classmates. For example, she recognises Icarus (not Icabus) in Zach’s denial he needs to go to the toilet before getting on the coach. He’s drunk copious amounts of tea! Can’t he learn from Icarus’s example? Zach, like Jodi and Maisie and Gary, is certain to learn from her stories. Isn’t he?
We love Pamela Butchart’s creations such as Wigglesbottom Primary: The Classroom Cat. We can imagine her wildly exaggerated characters. I see Izzy, hands on hips before a bewildered audience. Could Jodi’s obsessive selfie- taking be similar to Narcissus’s story? It seems like Gary Petrie’s ‘fake gift’ to Jodi is reminiscent of the Trojan Horse! Thereafter Izzy suggests that Gary’s poor judging at the talent contest is similar to King Midas’s donkey ears’ story!
The writer prefaces each of Izzy’s retellings with a cast of characters, and the source of the story if known. However, the stories are Izzy’s own- dramatic, entertaining, personable and wonderful. Welcome aboard ‘Icarus Was Ridiculous’.