Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of Greek Gods and Goddesses from School Library Journal on November 1, 2019

Cover: Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty

This series covers the gods’ exciting adventures and exploits with storyteller prose and a smooth flow. Tight sentences capture mythic personalities, aptly presenting them as larger than life, foibles intact. Covers are child-appealing; colorful, cartoon-like illustrations drive texts. Sidebars are ‘midbars:’ Good explanatory background information is set in colored columns between two text columns. ‘Characters and Places’ opens each title with a map of ancient Greece, Mount Olympus, and a gallery of characters’ pictures, names (including pronunciation guides), and descriptions. Back matter includes ‘Principal Gods of Greek Mythology: A Family Tree’ and presents pictures and names clarifying gods’ relationships. VERDICT Well done. Recommended for fans and myth newcomers in public and school libraries.

—Carol Goldman

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty 4.9
Apollo: God of the Sun, Healing, Music, and Poetry 4.8
Ares: God of War 4.9
Artemis: Goddess of Hunting and Protector of Animals 4.9
Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, War, and Crafts 4.7
Eros: God of Love 5.0
Hades: God of the Underworld 4.8
Hephaestus: God of Fire, Metalwork, and Building 4.9
Hera: Queen of the Gods, Goddess of Marriage 4.5
Hermes: God of Travels and Trade 4.8
Poseidon: God of the Sea and Earthquakes 4.8
Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms 5.2

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