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All in the Family: A Look-It-Up Guide to the In-Laws, Outlaws, and Offspring of Mythology

All in the Family: A Look-It-Up Guide to the In-Laws, Outlaws, and Offspring of Mythology

by Steve Otfinoski

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Jam-packed with trivia, brief profiles, god and goddess relationships, stories, "Top 10 Things to Know About Me" facts, and entertaining illustrations, this title explores 20 heroes and mortals of classic Greek mythology. The selections include the well-known Achilles, Heracles, Odysseus, and Pandora and the more obscure Meleager, Orion, Atalanta, and Bellerophon; each one is given lively treatment. A helpful introduction, a glossary, recommended Web sites, and a family tree complete the package and make this a treasure trove of facts for report writers. While somewhat cluttered, the lighthearted style and humorous collage and cartoon illustrations may draw even the most reluctant of readers. However, those with some knowledge of Greek myths will get the most out of it, and laugh at the inside jokes. Useful for collections where mythology is popular and part of the local curriculum.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
When it comes to classical mythology, most attention is paid to the gods and goddesses; however, there are many heroes of interest. This book's strength is its attention to the adventures and downfalls of the Greek heroes at the hands of the gods. The profiles are similar to social networking profiles, and chat icons are included for characters. In addition, the opening is presented in an instant messaging format. These small pop culture references could be an Achilles' heel (to reference one Greek hero), as they many quickly age this book. Still, a table of contents makes browsing this book easy and will allow children to quickly look up a hero they encounter in a different piece of literature. Since the information is presented in a straightforward and fun way, many children will find this a useful volume to use in conjunction with fictional works referencing Greek mythology. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Mythlopedia Series
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Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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