If you enjoy Greek mythology, with a little humour thrown in, then this will be a great book for you. Knowing only a little about this topic myself, I was uncertain whether I would be able to keep track of all the Greek names. Thankfully, the author assists with this by kindly reminding us what important characters did in an earlier chapter, along with including a family tree of the Greek gods and goddesses which I referred back to many times.
I hadn’t got too far into the book when it crossed my mind that the language was of a style my 12 year old daughter would use. It was then that I realised the author is an 11 year old boy! And what a talented boy he is. This book contains enough action to hold the interest of any young reader, and it’s appealingly gruesome in parts too (just a little!).
The short chapters will appeal to those readers who want all the action without being bogged down with boring details. They’ll laugh at Ben’s little asides, and feel like a friend is chatting to them (rather than reading a book) about the Trojan War, the voyage of Odysseus and many other Greek myths.
Title: The World of Greek Mythology
Author: Ben Spies
Publisher: Spies Publishing
Date of Publication: November 2018
Reviewer’s name: Nadine Molloy, Library Assistant, Remarkables Primary School (Otago)
How highly are you recommending this book? Recommended
First sentence: At first, there was nothing.
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