Reviews for Oh My Gods! : A Look-it-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology


Booklist Reviews 2009 October #1
"While there's no shortage of books covering Greek and Roman mythology for kids, there probably aren't any as cheeky as those in the Mythlopedia series. The tone is set right away with status updates by Zeus and company, and a statue of Apollo, decked out in shades and wondering where the party is, bursting in through the title page. The book is organized around entries on major gods and titans, each with vital stats and a Top 10 Things to Know about Me, followed by a few highlights from their lore and sidebars that delve into their cultural relevance. Illustrations abound, from embellished stock images to original cartoons, and the pastel-heavy color scheme may entice readers otherwise resistant to the grays and ivories that tend to dominate classicism.Yes, all the OMGs and slacker zingers reek of pandering, but there's actually a good amount of information hidden beneath all the distractions. Bonus material includes a rather helpful family tree, a less-useful star chart, and suggestions for further reading." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November

Gr 5-8-Fans of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series (Hyperion) will enjoy this witty assortment of profiles from Greek mythology. Each work begins with a quick description of the meaning and purpose of mythology as well as its current allusions from Valentine's Day to Nike shoes. Then, readers are introduced to the wondrous array of monsters, mortals, gods, beasts, heroes, and goddesses, ranging from Aphrodite to Zeus, in four to six informative pages each. Features include a one-column resum that lists "Divine Powers," "Attributes," and "Top 10 Things to Know about Me" for each subject and a running footer that encapsulates his or her "Family, Flings, Friends, and Foes." Eye-catching fonts and full-color reproductions and cartoon illustrations accompany the fascinating descriptions and provide an excellent framework for understanding the Greek pantheon. While some of the jokes take corny to a new level, these books are guaranteed to garner the attention of mythophiles.

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