Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

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In volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly researched and wonderfully accessible comics storytelling as O'Connor tackles the story of the Aphrodite from her dramatic birth (emerging from sea-foam) to her role in the Trojan War.

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Overview

In volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly researched and wonderfully accessible comics storytelling as O'Connor tackles the story of the Aphrodite from her dramatic birth (emerging from sea-foam) to her role in the Trojan War.

O'Connor has outdone himself with this volume: the story is riveting and the artwork is beyond compare. Greek mythology has never been so vivid!

A Neal Porter Book

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"The sixth book in the series turns its attention to the goddess of love and beauty . . . The illustrations perfectly match the text; each character gets a sleek, modern makeover while still remaining true to the clothing of the time period, and the use of soft, pastel colors set a lighthearted tone." - School Library Journal

"This neatly nuanced take on Aphrodite shows respect for the ultrafeminine heroine." - Kirkus

 

Praise for Olympians:

 

“Definitely worth a visit for any young demigod.” —Rick Riordan

 

“Readers . . . will be delighted with this debut title in the Olympians series of graphic novels.” —BCCB, starred review

Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
In this latest edition of the “Olympians” series of graphic novels, readers will learn about Aphrodite (and why every god/goddess tends to pay attention to her). Just like the shiny apple on the cover, this goddess knows that she is something special. Readers will like how the beginning of Aphrodite’s story begins not just when she comes out of the water but when her essence is around from the very beginning—which was one reason why Zeus decides to call her his “daughter” instead of acknowledging how ancient her power truly is. (And for those readers who get a little lost as to how all the gods and goddesses are related, there is a great graph at the beginning of the book.) The rest of the typical myths associated with Aphrodite are included as well (such as Eros, Pygmalion, or Eris throwing a golden apple to the “most beautiful” of the gods). All in all, this is a pretty comprehensive look at this particular goddess. And it is told with clear text and detailed panels of illustrations. Those who have enjoyed the rest of this series will want to continue with Aphrodite’s well-written story. Reviewer: Joella Peterson; Ages 13 up.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 6–10—This sixth book in the series turns its attention to the goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodite is created from love itself, but once born, is quickly forced by Zeus into a loveless marriage to Hephaistos, the god of fire and smithing, in order to prevent conflict among the gods. Lonely and unhappy, she gives birth to Eros (aka Cupid), which sets about a comic chain of events that will change the course of human history forever. Although this volume is not as action-focused as earlier entries, O'Connor still weaves together an interesting and at times hilarious narrative about love and jealousy. His interest in the source material is evident on every page, as he brings these gods to life with his portrayals of complex emotions and distinct personalities while his simple, modern word choices make the text easily accessible. The illustrations perfectly match the text; each character gets a sleek, modern makeover while still remaining true to the clothing of the time period, and the use of soft, pastel colors set a lighthearted tone. Endnotes explain some of the more subtle references and allusions to previous works, while discussion questions, fact sheets, and an author's note further educate readers. This volume ends with a well-plotted and humorous retelling of the Judgment of Paris, where Aphrodite sets up the Trojan War wonderfully for future installments. Another strong addition to a great series.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-23
O'Connor spotlights the goddess of beauty and love in this solid addition to his Olympians series. Aphrodite's three attendants, the Charites, narrate a slightly-too-long recap of the origin of the Titans and Olympians, leading up to the goddess's birth. This telling emphasizes the power of Eros as an independent force in order to highlight the dangerous potential of Aphrodite, Eros' embodiment. After a series of shorter myths, various affairs and the introduction of Aphrodite's capricious son (a mischievous cherub she names Eros, of course), the story concentrates on the beauty contest of the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera and Athena, judged by the mortal Paris. The problematic female stereotypes inherent in a story of powerful women fighting over looks are brought to center stage and addressed by the characters. They find the contest "beneath" them and "debasing" even while participating and reframe the contest as one of power by offering Paris boons--Hera would make him a rich king, Athena a conquering hero. Aphrodite offers him the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen of Troy. Graphically, O'Connor compensates for the lack of action in Aphrodite's myths by taking advantage of the comic-book format for humor, with quick lines of dialogue and humorous reaction shots. This neatly nuanced take on Aphrodite shows respect for the ultrafeminine heroine. (author's note, character profiles, "G[r]eek Notes," discussion questions, bibliography) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596439474
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Olympians Series , #6
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 258,465
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George O'Connor's hit series, Olympians, has landed on the New York Times bestseller list (Hades and Poseidon) and found a devoted fan-base among readers and educators. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love is the latest installment in the series.

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