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Have a Hot Time, Hades! (Myth-O-Mania Series #1)

Have a Hot Time, Hades! (Myth-O-Mania Series #1)

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by Kate McMullan, Denis Zilber (Illustrator)

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Think you know the real story behind the Greek myths? Think again. Most people only know what Zeus wants them to. But the truth is, Zeus is a total myth-o-maniac. Hades, King of the Underworld, is here to set the record straight on how he ended up as Ruler of the Underworld and Zeus became King of the Gods.


Think you know the real story behind the Greek myths? Think again. Most people only know what Zeus wants them to. But the truth is, Zeus is a total myth-o-maniac. Hades, King of the Underworld, is here to set the record straight on how he ended up as Ruler of the Underworld and Zeus became King of the Gods.

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Is everything we ever learned about Greek mythology wrong? According to Hades, it is! In this hilarious adventure of the "Myth-O-Mania" series, Hades, Ruler of the Underworld, attempts to set the record straight. He relates how his younger brother Zeus made himself appear as the great and powerful Ruler of the Universe. In this first-person narrative, Hades tells the story of his siblings as they were born, grew to rebel against the Titans, and set themselves upon Olympus. According to Hades, Zeus only became the Ruler of the Universe because he cheated at a game of poker. Young readers will enjoy hearing the stories from Hades' perspective and comparing his version to the more traditional ones. While his stories are highly exaggerated against Zeus, readers will still learn much about the classical gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. A glossary and easy reference to the Greek myths is provided as well as questions for discussion and topics for writing assignments. Readers will not only want to read other books in this series, but will perhaps become curious to research and find the real story for themselves. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
Publishers Weekly
McMullan (I Stink!) presents a playful take on fractured Greek myths in this first installment of the Myth-O-Mania series. Narrator Hades accuses his younger brother, Zeus, of being a "myth-o-maniac (That's old-Greek-speak for `liar.')" and here "[sets] the record straight." He explains how he and Zeus, along with their siblings Hera, Poseidon, Hestia and Demeter, move into the Mount Olympus palace of their Titan father and "Ruler of the Universe," Cronus, whom they presumed dead. But when Cronus and his warriors storm the mount to regain control, the young gods challenge them to a series of games the prize: Mount Olympus. With the help of their uncles (including the Cyclopes) the crew defeats Cronus to win the Olympic games. Hades characterizes Zeus as dimwitted and cowardly (and even less athletic). Other fun twists abound: Hades describes how he plots to usurp a "Bucket o'Bolts" from the lava-spitting monster, Typhon, which comes into Zeus's possession hence the legendary thunderbolts that Zeus hurls from the heavens. How does Hades end up, well, you know? The siblings play a game of poker to determine the new CEO (Chairgod of Everybody on Olympus), Zeus cheats to claim the title, and Hades then proclaims himself Ruler of the Underworld. McMullan's pun-filled narrative brims with clever myths of her own and sheds wry light on classic lore; and there's more the second episode, Phone Home, Persephone! is due out simultaneously. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Beginning with sibling rivalry in the stomach of Cronus and concluding with Hades's one-way trip to the underworld, McMullan describes all sorts of adventures among the quirky pantheon. Full of puns and other wordplay, the narrative romps along as Hades tells a self-centered "true" story of how the gods and goddesses came to take their roles. As with any parody, full enjoyment requires a basic understanding of the traditional tales. This book, the first in a proposed series, could be a boon to teachers seeking to enliven the study of myths.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Mythology" becomes "Mirthology" in this hilariously revisionist account of the war between the Greek gods and the Titans. Outraged by the version of events promulgated by his boastful little brother Zeus in The Big Fat Book of Greek Myths, Hades enlists a (what else?) ghost writer to help set the record straight. True, Sky Daddy Cronus did eat his children Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Poseidon, but it was their mother Rhea, not Zeus, who supplied the herbs that made Cronus finally barf them up. Similarly, when the gods needed help against Team Titan in the Olympic Games' climactic kickstone match, it was Hades who not only sprung allies from an underworld jail, but saved the day again when mighty Typhon attacked. And how did Zeus repay the debt? By cheating Hades out of Rulership of the Universe in a crooked poker game. Is it any wonder that Hades took a gig in the Underworld-"It's my job to make sure that the ghosts of those who were good in life get to go to an eternal rock concert. . . . The ghosts of the not so good? They have to wander around, trying to memorize an endless list of really hard spelling words. And the ghosts of the wicked? You don't want to know"-to escape all of his squabbling sibs? The disgruntled deity promises more exposés (" 'I think I'll call it Phone Home, Persephone!' ") to come. The sooner the better. (Fiction. 10-13)

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Myth-O-Mania Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Kate McMullan is the author of the chapter book series Dragon Slayers' Academy as well as easy-readers featuring Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig. She and her illustrator husband, Jim McMullan, have created several award-winning picture books, including I STINK!, I'M DIRTY!, and I'M BIG! Her latest work is SCHOOL! Adventures at Harvey N. Trouble Elementary in collaboration with the famed New Yorker cartoonist George Booth. Kate and Jim live in Sag Harbor, NY, with two bulldogs and a mews named George.

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Have a Hot Time, Hades! (Myth-O-Mania Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really quite good. If you are really, or really not a reader, this is fo you. I wish there was a 4.6 option.
Kitt-Katt More than 1 year ago
Just seeing the cover of this book brings back good memories. When I was in first grade I picked up this book because it was by my favorite author (at the time) Kate McMullen (I was obsessed with Dragon Slayers Academy). I had no idea what Greek Mythology was but I was eager to read this book. Picking this book out at the library was probably one of the best discussions I have ever made. Seriously. I remember practically devoring this book back in the day and then forcing my mom to take me to the library to get the next book (which I still do by the way). Reading this book started my obsession with Greek Mythology (which in turn made me love the PJO series). Since this book is told in Hades' point of veiw a person who knows the myths would expect it to be (searching for the right word here) lack in humor but apparently King Hades has a great sense of humor. Hades explains how he's not as bad as he's made out to be. He's just a normal god ..with extremely bad luck. I'm going to get my younger brother to read these books soon so he can enjoy them too. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked out most of the books at the library, and it was the best experience I have ever made. It almost beats Harry Potter, though.
KSEA More than 1 year ago
Funny from beginning to end. Perfect for both young and old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hades is alwayes the good guy never the bad unlike zues messing around with all the myths and it feels good to share my thoghts with someone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome i recommend u read it cuz it rules :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool book and funny for children and cool greek charecters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always new Hades is good so i really liked this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O read it and I loved it Its about how the great hades over powered his dad cronis
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I do know that hades is a good guy. Unlike zuez a myth o mania guy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good the cover is creepy but inside of it is just wow! Work on the cover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i saw my bro check this out from the library i was really interesting so me and my bro bought this book and i read it so fast it was crazy. I allways knew hades was good. Thanks for writing this book. I suggest you read this book like now.
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Amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a book where hades is rewriting the greek storys you may know today. Also if you injoy this book I recmend precy jackson seirse or the olypame seirse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the best book in the world
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KevinR411 More than 1 year ago
When i first picked this book up to read since it has a interesting cover i thought it would be another one of those same kind of myth books but this book is really interesting where it tells us about how the greek gods were born and other stuff. This book has really great details on the greek gods and their father and everything else like that. So in this book the first god that was born was Hades the guy on the cover. When he was born he was swallowed by his dad since he was told that one of his kids was to overpower him and he didnt want that to happen so he decided to eat them once they were born. This book tells us about the many adventures the gods and goddesses went on like fighting the dragon typhon and even to overthrow the titans which is their fathers army in a series of games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read the nice shot cupid
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