Monday, February 18, 2013

Heroes in Training: Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Book #2) by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams –ADVISABLE

Holub, Joan and Williams, Suzanne  Heroes in Training: Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Book #2) 128 pgs. Aladdin, 2012. $11.67.  Content: Language: G (0 swears);  Mature Content: G ;  Violence: G.
The continuing adventures of young Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon as they travel into the unknown at the advice of the oracle Pythia. (Whose instructions are often murky). Luckily Zeus has a compass of sorts, so they set off. The three of them are looking for a trident for Poseidon. The sea itself is treacherous, and even worse Poseidon is convinced he will dissolve if he gets in the ocean. Will they ever be able to beat the mighty Titan Oceanus?
I think this book has the oddest writing style, sort of sharp and angular at times –like a recitation of facts, while other times its youthful and fun with banter and a more modern feel. I gave the first book a Not Recommended. But I have been rethinking that as requests for Greek Mythology novels from my students are increasing and there isn't anything that is just quite perfect. I think the cover art will be inviting to students readers. Sadly, the graphic novel Olympian series by George O’Connor is way better, but a bit too sexy for elementary.
EL, Elementary  –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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