Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub and Suzanna Williams – NOT RECOMMENDED

Holub, Joan and Williams, Suzanne Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom  112 pgs. Aladdin, 2012. $5.99.  (Rating: G)
When giants (Titans) kidnap 10 year old Zeus, he is constantly worried they are going to eat him. When he pulls a thunderbolt from a stone, it sets off an adventure to rescue other Olympians his age from King Cronus, not to mention a way to get the thunderbolt unstuck from his hand!
I appreciate the effort to flesh out Greek mythology in such a way that students will understand it and maybe even enjoy it. But this story was flat out confusing. It was random, rambling, and full of a plethora of characters that were unmemorable. (Even to someone familiar with Greek mythology). Save your money for a graphic novel version if you are interesting in getting students on board with modern-twist Greek mythology.
ELEMENTARY– NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

I wanted to like these as well, and students will love the covers, but I did not think they were quite what I wanted.