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Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training) Paperback – August 7, 2012
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What I liked and disliked about it:
I really liked the story because it was a good adventure. The Harpies were cool but also scary. At first I thought they would take Zeus somewhere bad, but they actually saved him. That was nice.
It was funny how Zeus had a pet thunderbolt that was stuck to his hand. I wish I had a pet thunderbolt. I would pet it like a kitty cat [insert Mom rolling her eyes and saying, "Focus, focus son!"]. It was cute how the goat and bee looked after Zeus and it was different because usually people take care of animals, but here the animals take care of the person.
It was funny how Pythia the Oracle kept pronouncing things wrong and saying the wrong words because her glasses were foggy; like saying "underwear" instead of "underworld" and saying "greasy" instead of "easy" and "Goose" instead of "Zeus". The tiny rock was cute because it had a tiny voice that used Chip Latin - that was funny.
I liked the pictures in the book. One of them was kind of scary - the one of the Harpies carrying Zeus. That would be scary in real life because I'd be scared that they would drop me from so high up.
I didn't like that there were people in Cronus' tummy - it was bad and I was glad that they got rescued. But it was a yucky way to get out.
My bottom line:
I really, really liked this book and I can't wait to read the next book. I would recommend it to boys and girls 9 years and under.
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The writing team of Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams did not disappoint - this book was fantastic!Read more ›
Poseidon, Hades, Demeter, Hera, and Hestia were anxious to escape, but they could see no way out of Cronus's belly. He had cast a magic spell that keep them forever young. Ten, ten, ten ... there was another mysterious boy who just happened to be ten years old. Zeus had been orphaned when he was a baby and had been raised in a cave by a nymph, a bee, and a goat on the island of Crete. Storms often raged on the island and bolts of lightning frequently struck him. "You are the one," the bolts called to him. What on earth did that mean?
An attack from the sky was one thing, but what about the half-giants that suddenly came upon him? "Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!" Zeus was quickly surrounded by Cronies, half-giants that were even scarier than the lightning bolts. Double Chin, Lion Tattoo, and Blackbeard were going to get him! Melissa was soon on the attack, but there was little a bee could do to stop King Cronus's men. It looked like Double Chin would be a problem. "Fee, fi fo, fun. I smell boy. Gonna eat me one! It sure did look like there were a lot of ten-year-olds who were in trouble. How could any of them get out of the predicaments they found themselves in?
This is a fantastic first in the series about the adventures of young Greek Olympians.Read more ›
This series is a fun, inventive way to introduce children to mythology. The Olympians are 10 year olds who must discover their powers and overthrow the Titans. Along with introducing the mythological characters and creatures, the book provides a nice message of overcoming fears and discovering oneself. Zeus, terrified of lightning storms, must learn to embrace his new powers, and rather than starting as a powerful god, he is happy attempting to be a hero. I read this first book in the series out loud to my 5 and 8 year old sons on a car trip. They enjoyed the adventure and sometimes cheesy humor. Then my 8 year old devoured the following books in the series. I was happy to find a series for him that he would actually chose to read over playing video games! Highly recommended.
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This book is only able to be described in three letters: O, M, G. Will definitely be a blast of lightning for my book report! : DPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This first book in the series got us HOOKED. My 6 year old son and I are reading these together and he loves them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amanda L. Kleinert
I really liked this book because it's an adventure and action with a little mystery in it too really goodPublished 20 months ago by asxxxdds
I loved it, but it was extremely short! Maybe it's just me, because I'm used to reading Harry Potter and the Lord of the rings. But overall, really nice for light reading.Published 21 months ago by Harry Potter Fan
It was the best book I ever read! It's too amazing for words! I can't wait to read more from this series.Published on June 30, 2014 by Rosalynn Heth
the story is a mixture of commodity and Greek mythology and I think it's a great book for all agesPublished on April 15, 2014 by Joseph Mariani
Entertaining and educational. My son loves this series of books. They are great for any boy or girl who has an interest in Greek Mythology.Published on March 27, 2014 by EchelonGirl7
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