They looked at the shared contents of their bags, and decided to create a monster. Having read and studied the Odyssey that month (yes, French education is very classical!) they decided to make Polyphème!
There you go, so now you know that this junk model is none other than Polyphemus, and if like me you still don't quite get the reference, just think of him as The Cyclops! Phew - I DO remember that bit of the Odyssey. The boys love the story of Odysseus calling himself 'Nobody' and attacking the cyclops so that he and his men can escape. "Who is attacking you?" call his cyclops brothers. "Nobody!" he replies, "Nobody is attacking me!" Ah, the cunning Odysseus.
Here's a more traditional interpretation of Mr P. Ew.To celebrate the boys' love of all things Ancient Greek, we had a family film night (with curry - essential), to watch O Brother, Where Art Thou? If you don't know it, it's a typically quirky but atypically 'very-nearly-polite and almost-violence-free' Cohen Brothers movie. Rated 12, so not totally polite and violence-free, please beware!Ben and I love it, and it's based, very loosely, on the Odyssey! The boys really enjoyed the bizarre story of three oddball criminals on the run in Depression-hit southern USA, meeting up with a variety of opponents who could be compared, loosely, to the monsters that Odysseus met on his travels. So there you have it. Ancient Greece come to life chez nous.