Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? This smorgasbord of tales allows readers to sample tidbits of mythological stories and legends presented in five thematic chapters: gods and heroes, creation myths, myths that explain natural phenomena, journeys, and love stories. Greek myths predominate along with many European legends. However, examples from Asia (Monkey King, Shiva, Sinbad), Africa (Anansi), and South America (Quetzalcoatl) also appear. Favorable aspects include the dainty size (6” tall), conversational tone, and plentiful pleasant illustrations.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Because it’s so short, the meat of the stories is omitted. This causes unfortunate choices such as providing just a list of Hercules’ labors which is nowhere near as interesting as reading how he actually accomplished each one. Also, four pages were printed on colored paper so dark as to make the type nearly illegible.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to readers in grades 3 – 5 to whet their appetite about the tales introduced here.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve in 398.2
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 8/19/17