Poseidon: Earth Shaker

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In the fifth installment of the Olympians series of graphic novels, author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on that most mysterious and misunderstood of the Greek gods, Poseidon: Earth Shaker. Thrill to such famous myths as Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and Polyphemos, and the founding of Athens—and learn how the tempestuous Poseidon became the King of the Seas.

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Overview

In the fifth installment of the Olympians series of graphic novels, author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on that most mysterious and misunderstood of the Greek gods, Poseidon: Earth Shaker. Thrill to such famous myths as Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and Polyphemos, and the founding of Athens—and learn how the tempestuous Poseidon became the King of the Seas.

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Editorial Reviews

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*"This is a compelling page-turner for readers unfamiliar with the myths as well as for kids who love mythology but would like to see it brought to life in a new way." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Not even halfway through the planned 13 volumes, and this series is already becoming an indispensable synthesis of Greek myth." — Booklist

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Having recently overthrown their father, Kronos, Poseidon and his brothers draw straws to see who will rule which of the cosmic realms in his place. Poseidon draws the seas, a fine match for his stormy tempers and the perfect vehicle for exacting revenge on the great hero Odysseus for blinding the Cyclops, Poseidon's son. Another son, Theseus, conquers the Minotaur and the Athenian throne. Poseidon himself does deadly battle against his niece Athena. These and other godly adventures are all documented in richly colored panels and dramatically re-told from the god's own perspective. The back matter (bios of the gods and monsters, discussion questions, a bibliography and author's note) adds depth making this more than just a comic book but rather a lively and useful resource perfect for those upper middle-grade readers preparing to advance to more difficult texts or wanting to know a bit more after reading Percy Jackson and his ilk. A fine installment in the continuing "Olympians" series. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—O'Connor's dramatic first-person interpretation of Poseidon's story will both fascinate readers and generate some empathy for this god who was more feared than loved. The illustrations are colorful, eye-catching, and filled with life. The artist's visual and stylistic choices in breaking up the panels to illustrate Theseus and the Minotaur inside the labyrinth are especially delightful. Poseidon's tale is the story of a dysfunctional family with a large number of monstrous children, and this book will send readers scrambling for the closest copy of Edith Hamilton's Mythology to read more about the other characters mentioned. Luckily, O'Connor includes an Olympian family tree and lists of recommended books and websites to help readers delve further into their stories. This is a compelling page-turner for readers unfamiliar with the myths as well as for kids who love mythology but would like to see it brought to life in a new way.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The sea god steps up to tell his own side of the story in O'Connor's latest, and least coherent, Olympian portrait. Sporting a Fu Manchu mustache and rippling thews that would put Conan the Barbarian (never mind Hercules) to shame, the blue-skinned narrator also outdoes even the Dark Knight for grim, hulking presence. A natural storyteller he is not, though, opening his grab bag of reminiscences with the aftermath of the war with the Titans. He relates the gory encounters of Odysseus with Polyphemus and Theseus (portrayed as a thoroughgoing villain) with the Minotaur in support of his half-proud observation that "my children have always tended to be monstrous." He goes on to tally defeats he has suffered at the hands of Athena and his other Olympian relatives, then closes by flashing back to a vague, abortive rebellion against Zeus and, further back yet, to horsey dreams after being eaten by his father Kronos. Jumbled as the overall plot may be, the immediate action is easy to follow in the crisply drawn sequential panels, and O'Connor's animated, well-researched closing notes help to clarify his scenery-chewing subject's nature and attributes. Not the best volume with which to start this first-rate series, but rousing reading for comics fans who like their heroes heavily muscled, unhappy and occasionally splashed with blood. (resource lists, Olympian family tree, study questions) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596438286
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Series: Olympians Series , #5
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 562,034
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George O'Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Kersplash, and Sally and the Some-thing. His debut graphic novel, Journey into Mohawk Country, was published by First Second, as was Adam Rapp's Ball Peen Hammer, which O'Connor illustrated.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    George O'Connor has put together one of the industry's best writ

    George O'Connor has put together one of the industry's best written graphic novel series. It seems everyone has something to write pertaining to Greek mythology, but this series, and especially this book, brings these myths to life in full color glory. Poseidon is a full page size, full color graphic novel with an action packed twist to the God of the Sea.
    "Why a God of the sea is so obsessed with horses, I'll never know."
    The Earth Shaker, Lord of the Oceans, and one of the three sons of the mighty Kronos tells the entire story of how he and his two brothers freed the mortal world from the destruction and chaos brought forth by the Titans and how each brother made his claim to a certain aspect of the cosmos; the oceans in this case. The book isn't limited to Poseidon specifically. The beautiful artwork depicts the tales of Pegasus, the winged horse, Triton, the merman, Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant, and the tale of Theseus.

    O'Connor stays true to the historical elegance of mythology and it is a pleasure to add this book to my book collection.

    *You can view the original review at City Book Review

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