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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3–7—Ten familiar myths—the stories of Pandora, Arachne, Midas, Perseus, and others-are embellished with humor, the gory parts glossed over, and served up in blazing color for fans of either comic books or Percy Jackson, or both. Most of the stories come with a moral, although some (Persephone, Pyramus and Thisbe) take the form of just-so stories. Conversational, up-to-date language and broad jokes help to make the stories accessible and coordinate well with the simple, cartoon illustration style. The artist has deployed a wide array of bright solid colors in such a way that contrast between foreground and background is maintained. The tone, as well, is somewhat unrelenting, with much shrieking, sobbing, yelling, and spinning eyeballs. Charles R. Smith's The Mighty 12 (Little, Brown, 2008) would be an interesting contrast.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Brash colors, quirky humor, and authentic retellings combine to make this compilation of stories about Pandora, Icarus, Demeter, Hercules, and other stars in the classical-myth canon both brilliant and engaging. Townsend balances text and visually communicated information in a way that few graphic novels for the chapter-book set seem to be able to maintain. The architecture and attire are all ancient world, while touches of contemporary humor don’t come off as overly anachronistic—the punch line to “How many centaurs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” is “None . . . because lightbulbs don’t exist!” Other running gags include stupid sheep and funny taglines at the close of each tale. The lessons of the myths ring true, and their graphic stagings should keep readers, whether familiar with Bulfinch’s classic versions or not, enthusiastically turning the pages. Grades 2-4. --Francisca Goldsmith

More About the Author

When Michael Townsend was a little boy he loved reading comic books, eating chocolate cake, and thinking about the name he would one day give his pet monkey. They were good years.
When adulthood finally struck, Michael, realized that it was time to pick a direction in life... a career. He decided he would go to college to learn how to be a professional chocolate cake eater! He was crushed when he discovered no such profession exists (yet) so he decided to go for his second choice in careers and attended the School of Visual Arts (in NYC) to train as an artist.
After years of artistic training, he dove into the world of writing and illustrating children's books. He's had a blast so far and if all goes well he will one day have enough money to buy a cake factory and a pet monkey. He already has the name picked out, Jiggles Microwave Townsend.

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Makes them want to read, and I love it too.
Lou Anne
Fortunately, it's a pleasure to read as it is both funny and teaches about myths.
K. H. Murdock
I have read it multiple times to our 7-year old for his bedtime reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My sister checked out this book from the library after we went to a restaurant and saw two young boys laughing hysterically over it. She read the first page and immediately started giggling. I looked over her shoulder and tried to see what was so funny. I read a couple of passages and it was love at first sight. My little sister is going into the 4th grade and I'm going into 7th, so we usually don't read the same books, but its hard for anyone NOT to laugh at this book. We still have the book checked out, and I've read it 3 times already, plus I laugh every time! I recently did a report on Greek myths, so I recognize the connection between the traditional myths and the ones in this book. It was accurate, but added a funny zest to each of the 9 stories. However, this book shouldn't be used as a source for a report. I'm pretty sure that Greek gods didn't dress up like pink, fluffy bunnies. This book was awesome and I'm going to buy a copy of my own so I can take it to school and share it with my friends!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's been an uncommonly good year for graphic novel Greek myths, don't you think? From George O'Connor's amazing new series (starting with "Zeus: King of the Gods") to two different takes on the Odyssey by Gareth Hinds and Tim Mucci, I suppose we have Percy Jackson to thank for this bountiful harvest of Greek God magnificence. Of course, all the books I've just mentioned are best suited for older readers. Let us not forget that there are nine-year-olds out there who'd like some mythmaking as well. Preferably in color. Preferably with a bit of humor stuck in for spice. If you were to plan the perfect kid-friendly version of these myths, I'll be frank with you, you wouldn't dream up Michael Townsend's "Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders". Not because it isn't good, of course, but because unless your brain has warped in all the right places NOBODY would be able to dream up a book like this one. Townsend taps into his love of pure animal extravaganza, producing a book so madcap, wild, uninhibited, and inspired that it'll either burst the blood vessels in both your eyes upon contact with its content or you'll find yourself so sucked in that only a steady diet of Pixie Stix and Yo Gabba Gabba will produce the same thrill. The back of the book reads, "WARNING: These aren't your parents' Greek Myths!" Actually they are.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Hall on October 17, 2010
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I picked up this book at the library as my 7 year old daughter was showing interest in Greek Myths (and she's really into comic book/graphic novel type books right now). She couldn't put it down, so we decided to buy it for ourselves. She takes is everywhere so she can bury her nose in it. We read it at night and laugh at the "modifications" to the characters to make them more silly and approachable for kids. It's a silly book and certainly not accurate-to-the-core stories but kids get the jist of the myths in a silly and colorful way. A friend of my daughter's like it too and her dad bought it for her -- he has his Bachelor's degree in Classic Languages and is well versed in the Greek Myths. Highly recommended
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My 3rd grade son loves this book. He was studying Greek mythology in school this year and, while he did have some interest in the topic, this book really hooked him. Even though his class has moved past the segment in school, he still likes to read a story from this book before bed.
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My sample size is one seven year old boy, but he loves this book. He reads it repeatedly, and finds it hilarious.
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My son already had an interest in greek myths and this book came highly recommended by another parent. Written in comic style with humor this is hit. The greek names are a little challenging for my son to read himself so we often read this together. I also find him just looking through the comics on his own.
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By M. Rosenblum on February 26, 2014
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my 6 and 8 year olds LOVE this book. they are constantly reading me "funny parts". they read it to each other. the love love love it. i can't say enough good things about it. not to mention its teaching them greek mythology. awesome!!
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Ordered for 8 year old grandson for Christmas. He will enjoy the funny stories as he loves Greek Mythology. This will make for a fun read for him.
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