Athena: Goddess of Wisdom and War – Imogen and Isabel Greenberg

Athena: Goddess of Wisdom and War – Imogen and Isabel Greenberg, Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, (9781419748592), 2021

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

Genre: Mythology

What did you like about the book? I have always wanted to learn about the gods and goddesses but have never found reading material that actually appealed to me.  Now I have.  At first I thought I would be put off by the tiny print but that ended on page one.  The book is just so remarkably well-done.  These are the Greeks.  We are first introduced to Athena with a short description of her personality, attributes and faults.  Next is Zeus, followed by Hera, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hephaestus, Hermes, Arachne, Erichthonius, Perseus, Medusa, Achilles, Odysseus and Paris.  All of these, for whom we now have brief snapshots, figure into the story.

The story begins with the birth of Athena, breaking forth from the head of Zeus.  There follows her competitions and battles with Poseidon and Arachne, her adoption of Erichthonius, her loss to Aphrodite and much more with the other characters presented.

The bold illustrations (lots of black, white and orange) have underlying humor that can’t fail to entertain.  Characters are elongated, facial expressions convey what is not said. Athena is tan-skinned while other characters appear in different hues.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is for anyone who has always wanted to start learning about gods and goddesses.

Who should buy this book? Public, elementary and Middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Mythology/ Graphic non-fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 8/5/2021

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