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The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth

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Meet the most impressive of the gods and goddesses of Olympus--and even a few monsters--and see them revealed for what they really were: ancient superheroes with the power to shift shape, move mountains, and change fate. In this innovative introduction to Greek mythology, energetic poems and dynamic, comics-style illustrations create a seamless blend of the ancient and con ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2008)
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Kaycee
Jun 28, 2013 Kaycee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Greek gods are a dynamic bunch with hundreds of different myths and tales that have been told about each of them for thousands of years. This book has taken the rich mythology and limited it to clumsy rhymes. The book has separate poems about each of the gods and various other mythological creatures. The poems have a very halted sense of rhythm and some of the wording is clumsy and prevents a nice flow of words. More often than not the poems don't really tell a story either. They tell a litt ...more
Monique
Mar 06, 2016 Monique rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Colorful and wonderful artist expression but the prose may be too detailed for small kids.
Tawny
Jan 25, 2012 Tawny rated it liked it
This book was alright. I think it is great that it has the potential to teach young children about the different Greek mythology. I was not too drawn into that book but that may be because I already know all about these Greek Myths. But one of my favorites is the story of Medusa. The pictures through out the entire book are really good. There is a lot of color and great facial expressions in all of the characters. I might see this book as a potential book to read to my students but there might b ...more
Mary Ann
Jan 12, 2009 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6th, 3rd, picture-books, 4th, 5th
I really enjoyed this book on Greek mythology. The illustrations are dynamic and engaging. They present the Greek Gods a bit like comic book heroes. But the description of each god is actually written in poetic form.

It would make a great companion to the Percy Jackson series. This does not tell the story of the gods in story form, but rather gives information and background about who each god was and what they were famous for. It also gives some information about how they were related.
Jesika La Bryer
Copyright 2008
I found myself not really retaining any of the information in the book because I just wanted to be done. I see the importance of Greek Gods, but I just didn't like this book. However, the appearance and illustrations would be very appealing for those who like comic book type books.
Tara
I wish I could say that the cool illustrations make up for the lack of readability of the text, but... I can't. It is almost a weird mix of a comic book and a poetry book. Not a good choice for someone trying to learn about mythology, but if someone if already into mythology, they might enjoy it.
Hoa
Mar 03, 2010 Hoa rated it liked it
It should read like a poem, but doesn't quite make it. I learned some new bits of information from the book, but this format didn't work for me. The boys loved the pictures and were pleased by the content. It complements the greek mythology stories we've encountered.
Rachel
Mar 03, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
Interesting combination of graphic novel style with poetry. Poems are complex, don't always flow sometimes rhyme and sometimes not which makes them harder to flow though. Scope and inclusions are sometimes a little odd, but has some very interesting elements
Sam Bloom
May 23, 2008 Sam Bloom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is good for grade 5 and up. Excellent, comic book-style illustrations and prosey poems about the Greek gods and goddesses - very entertaining. I may have to use this as a reference when reading the new Percy Jackson book...
Fiona
Feb 03, 2013 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the insight into greek mythology, but the poetry bored me to bits - preferring to just skim through the book. The 3 stars are for the illustrations.
Sarah
Because we all knew the Greek pantheon were the superheroes of the past, but now kids can see it for themselves.
Matthew
The text is not bad but the artwork by P. Craig Russell is what makes this book on Greek mythology.
The Styling Librarian
Entertaining GN, connect with my Percy Jackson students.
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Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award-winning author, photographer, and poet with more than thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for illustration for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem "My People" and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his biography of Muhammad Ali, Twelve Rounds to Glory. He is the author of Rimshots, Hoop Kings, Hoop Queens, Tall Ta ...more
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