Tag Archive for mythology & monsters

Review — Perseus and Medusa

Young Perseus grows up unaware of his royal birth. Before he can claim his heritage, the hero is ordered to slay a hideous monster named Medusa, whose gaze turns men into solid stone. How can he fight an enemy he cannot even look at? Review: A great retelling of the famous myth in graphic novel format. This is a Stone Arch publication so it has all the extra goodies teachers and librarians want to see at the back as well – more about the myth, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary! Definitely a fun story for kids to read about and a great way to learn about mythology. And did I mention it was a graphic novel? *loves graphic novels* Recommended for 3rd grade and up.
—Bookworming in the 21st Century

Review — Perseus and Medusa

This retelling of the famous Greek myth is quite complete in its details including parts of the story not always included in children’s versions such as the Gorgons which frequently get dropped. But I was most impressed with the inclusion of the sidestory of Perseus’s return journey home including his saving of Andromeda before he returns to court with the head of Medusa. A very true retelling, keeping it suitable for children. There is a bit of violence, Medusa does get her head chopped off after all, and with that a few drops of blood are shown here and there over a few pages. Nothing I wouldn’t deem suitable for an 8yo of my own. The illustrations are gorgeous! I always say this when I review a Stone Arch book but they always use top-notch artists for their books. Perez has worked for Marvel and Dark Horse comics and his illustrations beautifully bring the story alive. A must read for mythology fans!
—Back to Books

Review — Zeus

After providing a quick introduction to the featured mythological figure, each book in this series provides a good overview of what mythology is and how myths were passed on. A one-page chart in each book lists eight of the most famous mythological figures, giving Greek and Roman names and a one-sentence description of each god or goddess. The books move on to relay stories connected with the featured mythological figure. Each book is liberally illustrated with photos of paintings and statues by famous artists. Pronunciation keys within the text and in the glossary are helpful for teaching the correct pronunciation of unfamiliar names and places. Maps indicate places that appear in myths. There is some repetition between the books when general information is given about how and why myths came to be created and where we continue to see evidence of myths today. A short bibliography gives suggestions for more books to read, addresses to write to, and a Web site to visit for interested readers. I am sure that our sixth grade teacher will make use of this series when her class does the unit on myths. Many students will also enjoy reading these books just for pleasure.
—Library Media Connection

Award — World Mytholoy

The World Mythology series, which includes my titles Aeneas, Cyclopes, Odysseus, Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, and Venus has been recommended by Booklist in their “Series Roundup” section