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Want to know what Hercules was doing before he got his own TV show? This whimsical guide explains the figures and themes of ten major Greek myths. Readers also get a glimpse of everyday life in Ancient Greece.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published March 20th 1998)
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Kailey M.
Oct 13, 2012 Kailey M. rated it liked it
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Top Ten Greek Legends was an adventure through Greek mythology. This book is full of fun facts about the many Gods and Goddesses. It tells their stories and how many of the legends came to be. I learned a lot about how and why certain sayings came to be that are used everyday. One common example is the saying, "Birds of a Feather flock together". This is what other gods would say to Nemesis. He was a god who could shape change and become anything he chose. As humourous as this book was it also ...more
These books are just a great, hilarious way to learn history (or myths, in this case). I don't know how many there are in the series, but the Rotten Romans and these Legends were my two favorites.

Thanks to this book I know my Greek legends pretty darn well (well enough to recall them on a whim for inconsequential discussions on who had a worse lot: Oedipus or Heracles or one of the other 8 top myths!

One thing I definitely learned: the Oracle at Delphi was seriously the most messed up place to
Jan 03, 2016 Jordan rated it liked it
An amusing abridgement of the big Greek myths, and a rather interesting assortment of facts on ancient Greece and the gods and goddesses that their culture created.

The droll commentary on the plights of the deities was also much appreciated, though I think it could lead to some confusion for my English Language Learners; some idioms were a little too difficult to access, even for me. But, overall, I think this will be a great collection to help spice up my curriculum this week.

Good find, would
Christopher Litsinger
Surprisingly fun for both Quinn and me. Greek myths accurately told with fun illustrations and lots to keep a kid interested. This would be a great gift for someone 8-10; even if they don't love reading, they would probably have fun with this.
Noah Chanthongthip
Feb 04, 2012 Noah Chanthongthip rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I like greek legends and this book was funny and informational. If you want to learn about greek gods this is the perfect book. It was good and I plan on reading it again. It never gets old because you learn a little more every time you read it.
Rashmeet Kaur
Nov 11, 2015 Rashmeet Kaur rated it it was amazing
Such a cute, fun way to interact with Greek Mythology. Love the illustrations and the narrator has a sarcastic tone that I LOVE!


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Costanza Kuke
Feb 22, 2015 Costanza Kuke rated it liked it
A very funny way for a first contact with greek legends. No matter your age, you'll get involved.
Aug 07, 2016 Sophie rated it really liked it
Though primarily aimed at young readers, this was a fun and interesting read for an adult looking to build on a knowledge of Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses within it
Oct 23, 2015 Shreya rated it really liked it
Meant for kids/preteens/teens. But was a great walk down memory lane
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May 03, 2008 Nikhil Pansare rated it liked it
Hilarious book. Deary mocks nearly all of Greek mythology.
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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