There are a lot of iOS ebooks that use classic stories as their basis, but most are classic fairy tales...stories that a child will not read or study beyond their childhood. Nosy Crow's Three Little Pigs is a fantastic app, but knowledge of that story isn't going to help, for example, in a basic literature class.
The Odyssey is a Scylla of an entirely different color. It is THE classic, written approximately 800 B.C., and the starting point of any literature education. I really like the idea that Peegos Publishing is trying to provide a kid-friendly introduction to a real classic. The app takes some liberties with the story, but it has to. It still adequately provides the basics of the story and central characters.
On that premise, I really wanted to give The Odyssey a high rating...and it gets off to a great start. The narration by Homer, as a child, is excellent, as re the cartoon-like graphics and animation. But there are too many issues in the execution of a really good idea.
First, some of the basic ebook features that I look for are missing. The words are not highlighted when read, nor are individual words read when pressed for children trying to read it by themselves.
Second, it's a bit much for preschoolers and younger kids. Of all the scenes from The Odyssey that could have been animated, Odysseus screaming to be untied near the Sirens is not a top choice for children's viewing.
I'm not sure that any of the additional character voices, beyond the child-like Homer voice, are even necessary. They don't work well with the cartoonish images.
I recommend The Odyssey, buy only for older kids (7+). The iPad version is $2.99 and the iPhone one is 99 cents. As usual, I recommend the iPhone version even if you have an iPad, on the basis that kids don’t care much about HD.