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Nice Shot, Cupid!

(Myth-O-Mania #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  38 reviews
What a myth-o-maniac (old Greek-speak for liar)! Zeus's version of the myths is completely wrong. It's time to set the record straight. For the first time ever, Hades, King of the Underworld, reveals the true story behind the myths.This laugh-out-loud series of fractured Greek myths by best-selling author Kate McMullan is irreverent, irresistible, and totally twisted.That ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Hyperion Books
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Sara Thompson
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nice Shot, Cupid is the fourth book in the Myth-O-Mania series from Capstone Kids.
I think I liked this story better than Say Cheese, Medusa. It's not that this is a better story but I understand the rythym of the books better now. There's a lot to be said about Kate McMullan's myth books.
Nice Shot, Cupid tells the story of Psyche and Cupid. Psyche was the beautiful daughter of a king and Cupid, the son of Aphrodite. Mortals were so taken with Psyche's beauty that they stopped worshipping the go
Reading Vacation
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We are all familiar with Zeus’ version of Cupid and Psyche’s story. Well, it turns out that Zeus is a bit of a myth-o-maniac, someone who spins wild myths that are not entirely true. Now it’s Hades chance to tell the REAL story.

In this version of the famous myth, Cupid is struggling with typical teen problems when he falls for Psyche. Aphrodite gets jealous of Psyche and things begin to spin out of control. This is most certainly NOT the original myth, but it is an entertaining take-off that had
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read my review at Imaginary Reads.

Reading Nice Shot, Cupid! reminded me of how much I love McCullan’s Myth-O-Mania series, where Hades tells us the ‘true’ stories behind Greek myths. She has modernized the Greek gods and goddesses, giving them unique personalities and very human problems. While it isn’t the best series to offer children when you want to teach them what we know as the Greek myths, it does make for an enjoyable read, especially when you already know the stories!

In this story, Cupi
Cleffairy Cleffairy
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea
Date reviewed: 10 June 2011
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This is definitely one book your mythologist would definitely won’t approve of. ‘Nice Shot, Cupid!’ is a part of Myth o Mania series and it will surely make you go wacko with the the re-tellings of famous mythological stories.

In this one, Cupid is painted as a wimpy geek with a not so attractive feature but fancies Psyche

I couldn’t help myself but laugh when I read this version of the story about Cu
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This amusing updated version of the story of the love between an immortal, Cupid, and a mortal, Psyche, would have it that Cupid is an awkward teenage phase when he meets the beauty, and worries that she will be repulsed by his acne and braces. Psyche breaks her word to him so that she can see what he really looks like, and then must toil for years doing tasks for Cupid's mother Aphrodite. Related by Hades, the lord of the Underworld, the story bears his particular imprint on its events. The pop ...more
Christ Lau
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book talks about a boy named Cupid who was sent by his mom Aphrodite to put a lovely women Psyche to fall in love with a ugly men because the mortal s started worshipping her instead of Aphrodite.But when Cupid saw Psyche,he fell in love with her immediately whom was reluctant in making Psyche fall in love with the ugly man to make her ugly.I like this book very much because it is exciting and Hades talks about this story in a kind way.I prefer teenagers to read this book because it is quit ...more
Tara Akers
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: daughters
A fun take on Greek Myths from Hades perspective as the misunderstood big brother. We've been studying Greek Myths and were ready for some light hearted fun after reading several books written in traditional style. A humorous take on the original myths following the outline of the traditional versions of the stories from the perspective of the first born of Chronos.
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-read
Different take on the myth. I think the discussion and write prompts at the end of the books are fantastic for mid grade kids. This series is a great way to get kids interested in mythology.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
the princess is my favorite character.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cute, easy read in this series. If you liked the first three, you'll like this one as well.
Historic  Hummingbird
Lol I loved it! SO funny!
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was more silly than the others, but I liked Hades following around for the action.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read via NetGalley

This was strange book. Yes, it was quite cute for a greek myth based novel. But it was not my type of reading. It was quite odd and strange for and old tale like this one to be turned into a modern one. There were touches of ancient times, like kings, but there were some new aspects like pimple cream.

The Plot- Cupid is a teenager god who is going through puberty like every other god did. Except one, his mother, Aphrodite, who rose out of the sea. The god has pimples, braces and
Julie Witt
My Opinion: I received a copy of this book free of charge through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is my first experience with the Myth-O-Mania series of books and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! Since each book tackles a different myth, you don't have to read them in order to be able to follow what's happening, which is good for me because I plan on going back and reading them from the beginning, that's how much fun I had reading Nice Shot, Cupid!

This book tells the"t
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I’m reviewing this for NetGalley.

Nice Shot Cupid is the fourth book in the Myth-O-Mania series by Kate McMullan. This series is being reprinted.

The Myth-O-Mania series are told in Hades’ perspective because according to him Zeus is a liar and told the myths wrong. In the classic tale of Psyches and Cupid, Cupid is handsome and Psyche is beautiful. In Hades’ telling, Psyche still is beautiful but Cupid has pimples, greasy hair, and braces. Aphrodite also speaks Italian because she’s insecure abou
Madigan Mirza
This fast-paced, breezy slang-filled version of the Cupid and Psyche myth changes plenty of details, but actually stays fairly true to the basic plot arc of the original myth. First, we get a quick rundown on who all the major players are. The story is narrated by Hades, who in this version, is more of a misunderstood good guy who's been given a bad rap. Cupid is an awkward teenager with pimples and braces, accidentally scratching himself with one of his arrows causing him to fall in love with.. ...more
Hao huang
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth-o-mania
Nice Shot, Cupid! It is the fourth series of Myth-O-Mania by Kate McMullan. This is about how the god of the love Cupid fell in love with the most gorgeous female mortal called Psyche, which made him self-abased about his face because he’s in god-teens stage. (like the poor face now we have!) But his mum doesn’t like Psyche because Psyche is more gorgeous than her so the male mortal doesn’t go to her temple anymore but following Psyche around. And Hades helped Cupid and Psyche get married at las ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Impression:
I decided to read this book from Netgalley for a few different reasons. I'm a huge fan of Capstone and Stone Arch books and love buying them for my library. Also, I've been looking for more books to buy that deal with mythology. The book also looked like a fun read, so I gave it a try.

While Reading:
I just love the fact that Hades is the narrator of this book. I've been a wee bit ruined by Disney, so I of course pictured him right off as the character from Hercules, but this book
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is the fourth book in the Myth-O-Mania series by Kate McMullan. These books are fun to read and have a youthful and humorous perspective that makes it simple for people to remember the various characters and their stories.

We are balancing these fun tales off with more classic fare, like The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey by Rosemary Sutcliff, so our girls can hear the original tales, too.

This book offers a humorous take on the story of Cupid and Psyche - we really enjoye
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, t-l-307
Psyche has been kidnapped! Zeus has to find her and save her. But he soon finds out that Cupid kidnapped her, because he is in love with her. Zeus wants to help Psyche, but he also wants to help Cupid, so he must decide how to help them both.
This story was something I think 7-9 year olds would really enjoy. The story was written very humorously and although the story had a serious plot, it was all written and played out in a fun way. It was fun to read because it was just at a
Tillie Torpey
McMullan, K. and Ziber, D. (2011). Nice Shot, Cupid! (Myth-O-Mania). Stone Arch Books.

Theme/Topic: The experience of Cupid falling in love with Psyche through the god of the underworld, Hades perspective

Critique (comments, observations, questions):
Reading this book, I understood the job specializations for the Greek gods and goddesses, but it was particularly fascinating to read about the gods experiencing human experiences. For example, Cupid has the experience of falling in love with a human
Fiction; Juvenile
3 stars

As the fourth installment in Kate McMullan’s myth-o-mania mythological series, Nice Shot, Cupid tells the story of Cupid and Psyche, only slightly different. It is not told in the familiar Zeus version but from Hades point of view or has he likes to say; the REAL story.

While not the original myth; McMullan modernizes her version and makes Cupid a pimply faced teenager who is struggling with all the usual teen problems. The beautiful Psyche seems within his reach, but will
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for gr. 5-8. I think it might be a little too silly for older students. An extremely light-hearted look at the myth of the Greek god Cupid and the mortal princess Psyche. Many liberties are taken with the traditional version of the myth, some to modernize it, some to increase the appeal to younger readers, but the very basics are still there. The narrator is Hades, who says he is telling the story because Zeus always gets the facts wrong. Things the reader will encounter that were no ...more
Dec 09, 2016 is currently reading it
Nice shot! Cupid is a book about Cupid's day told by Hades. In this book Cupid is a teenager and has problems with his mom because his mom is Aphrodite the goddess of love and beauty, so he feels he is letting her down. Cupid also has problems with love because of his pimples. I can make a connection with Cupid because he's a teenager and i'm a teenager. I would recommend this to anyone you likes myths. I hope you will look into reading Nice Shot! Cupid.
Morninglight Mama
Jan 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s, fiction
Sure, this might be entertaining for an older child to read, but I felt like it tried too hard. Plays on words and pop culture references (modified to the time of the Greek gods) piled on top of each other, and I even questioned whether kid readers would even get some of them. Cute premise, but I wasn't a fan of the execution.
Miss Clark
3.5 stars

Another highly enjoyable installment in the Myth - o- Maniac series, focusing on Cupid/ eros and Psyche. I found Aphrodite's Italian affectation and Psyche's sweetness great additions, but Cupid really needed some guts. Fun and amusing and very revisionist.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Cute middle grade book.
Jaslyn Young
Aug 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
This was a good book. It really kept me wanting to finish it because it was interesting.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was something a Teen would read or it was describing a teen going through stages
PG. 73
I love that Cupid is a pimply-faced little twerp and not that dumb, chubby baby.

PG. 150
Man, I wish I had an invisibility helmet.

Geez. Aphrodite is a bitch!
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Kate McMullan is an American children's book author.
She is the author of the Dragon Slayers' Academy series. She is married to author and illustrator James McMullan.

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  • Have a Hot Time, Hades! (Myth-O-Mania, #1)
  • Phone Home, Persephone! (Myth-O-Mania, #2)
  • Say Cheese, Medusa! (Myth-O-Mania, #3)
  • Stop That Bull, Theseus! (Myth-O-Mania, #5)
  • Keep a Lid on It, Pandora! (Myth-O-Mania, #6)
  • Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania, #7)
  • Go for the Gold, Atalanta! (Myth-O-Mania, #8)
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