I have focused on this subject before, but there is no end to the voracious appetite that kids have, after finishing Percy Jackson, for their Greek myths. Thankfully these stories have been around for quite some time, so Rick Riordan isn't the only author to give us another take on these mighty legends and larger-than-life deities.
This week I am introducing you to Myth-O-Mania, an extremely fun series with quite a humorous take on the Greek gods. I also have a series from the U.K., which may not be as well known here, but is quite popular across the pond. And finally, I cannot leave out my beloved Norwegian gods and goddesses. A fabulous retelling of an ancient Norwegian poem, in story format, rounds out my list.
Title: Myth-O-Mania: Have a Hot Time, Hades!
Author: Kate McMullan
Target: Grades 4-7
What this book is about:
This book is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek take on the Greek myths from the perspective of Hades. Seems that Zeus overinflated his role in the overthrow of the Titans to become Ruler of the Universe. Hades gives us a blow-by-blow description of the history of the gods, from Hades’ life in the belly of Cronus, to the epic kickball match that determined who would live in Olympus. Also, we can’t forget the poker game that divided the realm.
Why I love this book:
Any kid interested in Greek myths will devour this book. This is such a funny look at these stories, that I was laughing the whole time I was reading it! But aside from the humor, the book does provide a great overview of the Titans, the Olympians and their children. Without realizing it, your kids will improve their knowledge of these stories and the role of the gods.
Who this book is for:
Any child who is interested in Greek myths and who likes funny books. This is a fast-paced story and the type is larger so it is not at all intimidating for reluctant readers.
Leave it to the King of the Underworld to have the “true story!”
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