Greek Mythology [NOOK Book]

Overview

Unleash your inner genius and become a master of mythology with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.

With this Junior Genius Guide to Greek mythology, you’ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with all the best ancient stories: how Prometheus outsmarted the gods, how Achilles’s heel led to his death, and how we mere mortals always seem to get mixed up in so many ...
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Greek Mythology

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Overview

Unleash your inner genius and become a master of mythology with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.

With this Junior Genius Guide to Greek mythology, you’ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with all the best ancient stories: how Prometheus outsmarted the gods, how Achilles’s heel led to his death, and how we mere mortals always seem to get mixed up in so many misadventures. With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
If you’re looking for full versions of Greek myths, turn elsewhere. The first volume in the “Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides” series, this work provides a general overview of the genre and some of its key players. The book is organized as if the reader is proceeding through a day of learning, with sections labeled “Introduction,” “First Period,” “Second Period,” “Recess,” “Third Period,” “Art Class,” “Fourth Period,” “Lunch,” “Fifth Period,” “Music Class,” “Sixth Period,” “Seventh Period,” “Official Junior Genius Certification Exam,” “Answers,” “Homework,” and “The Final Bell,” but the various section names give little clue about the content in within. (And, doesn’t homework actually come after the final school bell, really?) Readers may find this book useful as a refresher if they have read many Greek myths in the past. Otherwise, some passages will be hard to follow. Also hard to follow is Jennings’ intent in including a few jabs at women’s expense. For example, compared to Prometheus, who had a vulture fly in and devour his regenerating liver every single day, brother Epimetheus’s punishment was “even worse …marriage.” Jennings does not go into any more about the spouse or the marriage here, so apparently marriage itself is the great horror. See too his remark that he “wound up with [his] wife” because she, like Peleus, held onto him so tight he could not escape. Such jokes would better be made by the author, perhaps, to his wife than about her in this text. In-text references to previous page numbers are generally correct, although one such reference on page 134 sends the reader back to page 91 to read about the Trojan Horse, which is not on that page. There are some interesting elements of this text, such as a 12-page passage of pseudo-“trading cards” that provide key details about the gods and goddesses, directions for making a Trojan Horse-themed treat, and instructions for making constellations to shine on the ceiling. Note that the book is missing an index and phonetic cues are given for only a few of the Greek names. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442473317
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 128,061
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! Jennings lives outside Seattle with his wife, Mindy, his son, Dylan, his daughter, Caitlin, and a small, excitable dog named Chance.

Mike Lowery is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally. Mike is the illustrator of Moo Hoo and Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan; The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray; and the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder novels by Jo Nesbo. Currently he is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with a lovely German frau, Katrin, and his supergenius daughter, Allister. Visit him at MikeLowery.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Hdhe

    Hee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    This is what im learning in class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what im learning in school that is soo awesome because i didnt no tht tey had greek things!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    This is so epic

    I love this book I can wait for the next one EPIC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Jenna's bio

    Shortened for time. Name: jenna. Age: 17. Gender: female. Godly parent: hecate and zeus, but not a goddess. Loooong story. Ask. I usually refrain from killin on sight. Desc: long brown hair, vivid turquoise blue eyes. Usually wears a plain tshirt and blue skinny jeans with nlack converse and her twin swords anima(white) and mortem(black). She prefers to fight wth her swords, but can use anything well. She is single, bit will not rush into a relationship. Anything else, ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Andrews bio

    Name andrew godly parent artemis apperance slim but musculer smoky blue eyes tan skin short dark brown hair

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Lol

    Lol this only has two reviews and i havent even read the book yet so HA!!!!! Dont u wish u were me??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    awesome

    It was a good book

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