Gr 5-9-Each of these volumes presents three myths, accompanied by brief introductory information about the stories and the people from which they came. Greek Myths includes "Jason and the Golden Fleece," "Icarus," and "The Labors of Hercules." In Mesoamerican Myths, two of the selections are creation stories, and the third is a hero tale. The particular appeal of this volume is the relative unfamiliarity of the selections. The comparatively frank nature of the stories will be the hook for many students: human and divine sacrifice, including the removal of the heart, feature prominently. The story of the two sets of hero twins is the most richly developed; it's full of character and action as well as the stark enmity of humanity and Death. Roman Myths includes the stories of Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, and Horatius and the bridge. Artistically, the books' covers are distinguished, exhibiting almost lifelike representations from the myths. The internal illustrations, however, are conventional comic-style work, in full color but of no particular distinction. Mesoamerican Myths features the most detailed work; Roman Myths, the simplest. Action moves quickly and without a lot of extraneous detail. This makes them perfect for reluctant readers, though students already devoted to comics and manga may find them slight in content. Back matter includes brief accountings of other characters from each mythology. Mesoamerican Myths is the most significant of these three titles, especially for libraries serving Mexican-American and Central American populations, but all three should prove popular in most collections.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.