“Amiri and Odete is a very powerful love story. Amiri is in need of a wife, however, he cannot find the right woman. One day when he is playing basketball with his friends, and he sees Odette, a beauty. Through a rough patch, love brings them together in the end and defeats the curse that is on...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“A modern tale telling of Swan Lake. It is about two people, Amiri and Odette, who fall in love but have to fight for their love. Personal reaction: The drawings were very good and the layout of the book was interesting, it was an easy read.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A modern tale telling of Swan Lake. It is about two people, Amiri and Odette, who fall in love but have to fight for their love. Personal reaction: The drawings were very good and the layout of the book was interesting, it was an easy read.”Austin H wrote this review Thursday, March 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This book was about two lovers, Amiri and Odette. They meet at the basketball court but Odette is enslaved to a man called Big Red. Amiri wants her hand in marriage but is tricked by Big Red as he sends Odette's twin to his party. Odette sees this and gets very upset. In the end Amiri fights Big Red and wins.
I found this book slightly confusing but overall good. I liked how the author was trying to show that there was still love in the ghettos etc. The way the book was written was also interesting as well as the writing flowed well. The pictures were also really good.”
“Amiri and Odete is a very powerful love story. Amiri is in need of a wife, however, he cannot find the right woman. One day when he is playing basketball with his friends, and he sees Odette, a beauty. Through a rough patch, love brings them together in the end and defeats the curse that is on Odette from Big Red.
I thought this book showed the true power that love can really have. I found it very interesting how love overpowered everything else that had gone wrong in the story and finally pulled them through together at the end.”
“its a nice book but a little weird because no enough background is given .
summary : Amiri is a young fella who fell in love with odette and so he declared his love for her , she said that she'll like him on one condition : If he doesnt set eyes on another woman , but big red was a mean man and sent Odette's twin to amiri and made her kiss him then odette saw and she got mad . Amiri beat up Big red and odette and him lived happily ever after.”
“Swan Lake is set as a housing project. Amiri enters in scene one with his mom about to throw him a party in hopes that he will find a nice girl and settle down. Later that night when Amiri was playing ball, he met Odette. Odette is promised to Big Red, a local crack dealer yet she proclaims her love for Amiri before leaving. "And thus the pact is set, the bargain sealed,/Both agony and love revealed." Later at Amiri’s party he is tricked by an evil twin into confessing his love for her and Odette overhears it. In the final act, a fight ensues between Amiri and Big red over the love of Odette. “A fight for three so vicious / A victory for love delicious”, Amiri emerges victorious and love conquers all.
The story is written as a rhyming poem and at times takes on a rap/spoken word rhythm. The language speaks to the urban streets and then to Shakespearean English mixing the old with the new. The text design is that of color, shape and size. The words speak through the page. The words flow off the tongue and speak life into the tale. “Dark clouds drift across a starless sky/and streak the fat, doom-heavy moon./ A distant thunder growls in sullen discontent/Like some evil beast awoke too soon.” Rhythms that move, glide and leap into the mind of the reader, Myeres brings the love Amiri and Odette to life in this poem/love story/rap.
Javaka Steptoes collage illustrations bring bodies together, faces to live, and the story takes to the streets. Overlapping layers of asphalt, and graffiti set the illustrations apart form the multi-sized texts. The asphalt gives the rugged feel of the Swan lake Projects and its inhabitants. The illustrations are centered around a fiery red and a cool blue, the contrast of hot and cold, Odette and Amiri joy and pain.
“This modern retelling of Swan Lake Ballet is set in the urban streets of “Swan Lake Projects.” It is in the projects that the characters interact with each other. The plot is presented to the audience with a lively poetic flow which puts an artist approach on the presentation of the text. The story line is not bluntly spoken and therefore needs to be interpreted with the help of the illustrations. The illustrations, done in acrylics on slabs of asphalt, were embellished with a collage of candy wrappers, newspaper, and plastic bags to give them dimension. As a result, the illustrations and text melt together as one piece of artwork supporting each other in conveying the sometimes dark and seriousness of emotion in this retelling. The theme of Amiri’s undying love for Odette rings true in the retelling. ”Dana B wrote this review Friday, July 2, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Myers uses a modern inner city scene - the asphalt jungle of the projects, a basketball court and a dance to retell the classical story of Swan Lake in rap and poetry, set to the stunning collage on Cinder block paintings of Javaka Steptoe. The multi-colored text, in a complexity of sizes, fonts, All caps and not, screams the story of love in the midst of drug deals and gang violence out loud and clear in a balance to the powerful illustrations. ”Sherry A wrote this review Sunday, March 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent illustrations pull together the sparse text for this wonderful take on an old tale.”Lisa C wrote this review Thursday, November 5, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com
Amiri is treated like a prince in the Swan Lake Projects. His mother wants him to find a nice girl to settle down with, so she throws him a party to meet several eligible ladies. She warns Amiri to choose wisely.
He sees Odette one day while playing basketball. She is beautiful, but somehow scarred. Odette is not allowed to love freely because of Big Red. She belongs to him - she is trapped. Amiri must find a way to break the spell Big Red has over Odette before it is too late.
AMIRI & ODETTE: A LOVE STORY is an interesting re-telling of the Swan Lake story. Set against the backdrop of the projects, Myers has taken a classical ballet and put an urban spin on it. Myers' writing flows, like lyrics to a rap song, across the page.
The paintings in this poem add to the grittiness and realism of the setting. Javaka Steptoe has used acrylic paints on huge slabs of asphalt. He then embellished the paintings with newspaper, feathers, plastic bags, and other items to give them a three-dimensional quality. The affect is absolutely stunning!
This is a great addition to Myers' already long list of writing accomplishments! ”