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Young Zeus [Hardcover]

G Brian Karas
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Feb. 1 2010
A mighty tale for every kid who has ever wanted to shout: You are not the boss of me! This is the story of how one little boy, with some help from six monsters, five gods (his squabbling siblings!), an enchanted she-goat, and his mother, became god of gods, master of lightning and thunder, and ruler over all! G. Brian Karas's playful and irreverent retelling of the myth of Zeus proves that being small (and young) doesn't mean you can't be the hero, reign supreme, and have fun.

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G. Brian Karas is the acclaimed creator of numerous books for children, including Today and Today and Atlantic, both ALA Notable Books, and Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honour title. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York. Visit him at www.gbriankaras.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Young Zeus April 12 2010
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Young Zeus introduces the concepts of mythology with an adapted tale about Zeus. It is a great story for young elementary school aged kids. The storyline is quite readable and the illustrations are fabulous. They definitely add to the look and feel of the concept.

With only a few lines of text on most of the pages, it is possible to read this book to younger children. However, the story is fairly long so it may or may not keep their attention for the entire time. Little ones did like the illustrations and we spent most of our time focusing on them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a marvelous way for the young reader to learn about the mythical Zeus and how he became the God of Gods! June 9 2010
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rhea was very worried that Cronus, her evil husband, would eat Zeus just like he had done with the rest of her children. She asked Amaltheia, an "enchanted she-goat," if she would take care of him. In sunny Crete Zeus blissfully played on the mountainous land with many different animals as Amaltheia closely watched after him, but something was missing from Zeus's life. He wanted to play with some other gods and was very disappointed that there weren't any around. The she-goat sat him down and began to explain his heritage.

She told him about his grandparents, Gaia and Uranus, and all about their children. Amaltheia told him how proud his grandfather was of the Titans, but also about his shameful children, the Cyclopes and the Hundred-Handers, whom he banished to the underworld. His grandmother, Gaia, was wonderful, but Zeus's grandfather was an evil creature. Gaia enlisted her son Cronus's help to banish him "to the bottom of the sea." Asking Cronus to help was a big mistake because "he ate up all his babies" so they wouldn't overtake his rule. Later on Zeus decided he must rescue his brothers and sisters, but how could he launch an attack against someone so evil?

This book is a marvelous, simplified way for the young reader to learn about the mythical Zeus and how he became the God of Gods. The storybook format of this book makes it much easier to learn about mythology. The presentation shows Zeus as a young boy who, wondering about his heritage, sets out to reclaim it. Zeus and the cast of characters, who are listed with an accompanying diagram in the front along with a pronunciation key, are all very appealing, a quality that will encourage the reluctant reader to explore this book. If you are looking for a modern day mythological tale that will encourage the young reader to explore Greek mythology, this is one you may wish to add to your list!
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek God Fun! Feb. 25 2014
By Stephanie Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This marvellous introduction to Greek mythology is now a family favourite at my place! It is short, playful, beautifully illustrated, and covers all the important points about where Zeus came from in myth. My kids learned a lot, and so did my husband :D There's no dryness to this approach to myths. This is great fun.

Young Zeus stands up for himself and his family and benefits from the help of his Mother, his Nanny, the fairy-goat Amalthea, his Grandmother Gaia (the Earth) and his siblings. It has a happy ending: Zeus is the responsible, kind one and therefore ends up in charge.

I also can't get enough of the illustrations!

A great picture book for school-aged youngsters that everyone will love reading over and over.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and fun retelling of Zeus and the Olympians Jan. 23 2014
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My nine-year-old daughter has become mythology-crazy lately after enjoying The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books. Although the series is based on Greek-mythology, I wanted her to learn more about the real myths of the gods and goddesses of Olympus and have been looking around in our local library for books written in a fun and engaging manner on the subject.

One such book is "Young Zeus" by G. Brian Karas. It tells of how young Zeus was saved from being swallowed by his Titan father Cronos, and secreted away to safety to the isle of Crete by his mother Reah. There young Zeus happily spends his days playing, watched over by Amaltheia, the she-goat. Soon however, young Zeus gets bored, and yearns for playmates. When he discovers he has brothers and sisters, all swallowed by Cronos, he decides to go on a mission to save them.

The illustrations and dialogue bring this story vividly alive. My daughter and I especially enjoyed the witty dialogue and banter between Zeus and the other characters. The story is simplified for young children but not overly so, and helped my daughter to better understand the origins of the gods and goddesses of Olympus (my two-volume Folio edition of Greek myths was just a tad too dense for her comprehension at this point). Fun and engaging, this is an excellent primer on one aspect of Greek mythology for children ages 6-11.
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope this is the start of a series! Jan. 7 2014
By JudiAU - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the best, most accessible introduction to myth I've seen. The illustrations handle difficult subject matter well (patricide, et all) and are often funny. The text helps children relate to a complex subject but is still packed with information. We've read a variety of of versions to our son and this manages to make a very complicated origin story very clear.

I hope to see more myth from the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for kids Dec 11 2013
By Adrienne L. Katke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a great intro to Greek Mythology. My 3 and 5 year old boys love this book. Very well written for children, however, I think more suited for ages 4 or older.
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