Michael Townsend's Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders

Michael Townsend's Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders

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From Hercules' snake assassin slippers to Arachne's wicked weaver rap songs, these are the mythic monsters and Hellenic heroes that have captured Western culture for centuries--but a whole lot more fun. Kids won't be able to resist the bickering sheep, unruly rulers, and undercover details of Amazing Greek Myths--while teachers, librarians, and parents can relish this new way to share moral messages that remain as relevant today as they were a thousand years ago.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2010
ISBN: 9780803733084
0803733089
Characteristics: 160 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm

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dragon_5
May 16, 2017

funny storys

and BUNIES!!!!!!

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 21, 2013

If you were to plan the perfect kid-friendly version of these myths, I’ll be frank with you, you wouldn’t dream up Mike 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. But when it comes to the presentation they are 100% kid.

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Feb 21, 2014

violet_dog_2096 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 11

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 21, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 21, 2013

There are several different ways to go about presenting a book of myths. You could be chronological or choose stories that have something in common. Townsend selects nine tales of his own and if there’s any connection between them, maybe it’s how much comic gold each one can potentially yield. So it is that we read about Pandora and her descent into box-related madness, Arachne and her big head, and a Pyramus and Thisbe that rivals A Midsummer Night’s Dream in hilarity. Side characters like a smelly donkey, doomed bunnies, and some stupid sheep add a little spice on the side. Townsend always remains essentially true to the original tales, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun along the way.

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