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Greek Mythology

(Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Unleash your inner genius and become a master of mythology with this interactive trivia book from Jeopardy! champ and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings.

With this Junior Genius Guide to Greek mythology, you’ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with all the best ancient stories: how Prometheus outsmarted the gods, how Achilles’s heel led to his
ebook, 160 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Little Simon
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2014, the year Ken Jennings released his first Junior Genius Guides, was big for the seventy-four day champion of the game show Jeopardy! for another reason. That year, forty-five all-time Jeopardy! greats competed in the Battle of the Decades tournament to celebrate the show's thirty years on the air. The champion would receive one million dollars, but Ken ultimately fell short by a single correct response. Winner or no, however, Ken had begun making his mark in children's literature with his J ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, nyc
I mean, it was a little try-hard but I'm sure if I was ten years old and could understand English (I only knew 15 words back then), I would have greatly enjoyed it. The information in it is not that extensive but it provides an ok overview of Greek mythology, enough to get a child interested. It was not un-enjoyable but it's not one of those books you can read as an adult and still love (eg. Secret Garden, Narnia, you get the picture) - if you're interested in Greek mythology, pick up an adult b ...more
Meredith Mara
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This books is brilliant way for all middle-grade and older readers to discover a little something about Greek Mythology. Entertaining, engaging, and easy to understand. Already ordered three more :)
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ken Jennings took America by storm in 2004 by winning 74 games in a row on Jeopardy!, earning $2.52 million in prizes. Since then, he has toured the television circuit, and has launched a line of New York Times Bestselling books entitled Junior Genius. The apt motto of the series, and arguably Jennings himself, is a quote from French scientist Blaise Pascal: "It is much better to know something about everything than everything about something."One of Jennings' latest installments in the Junior G ...more
Erin Bembridge
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
8 year old me would have loved this! Even as a grown up, I got quite the kick out of it and learned a couple things I didn’t know before.
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: miriam, 2014
I bought this for my kids, and then ended up stealing it from them so I could read it myself. Miriam (age 8) and I finally called a truce and shared the book by flipping the pages to read our favorite parts to each other as Magdalena listened in. The drawings are awesome. The text is great. The tone is engaging. I officially love this series. Youth non-fiction is tricky to get right, but Ken Jennings succeeded. So well, in fact, that Miriam actually ran back from the morning bus yesterday yellin ...more
Ashley Nelson
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written for kids but enjoyable for all. I find the writing style of Ken Jennings easy to read and very accessible. He has a good way of conveying a lot of information in simple and fun ways. This book refreshed my memory of learning the Greek myths way back when in high school. I find it amazing how many words and phrases we use daily have their origins in Greek myth. Neat stuff.
Susan Chalecki
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenna's Review

I really like this book I hope other's out there read it.
I love Greek Mythology so that's why I really like this book
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm an adult who rarely paid attention to Greek Mythology in high school or college. Even today, I do not have much interest in exploring the subject in depth, but Ken's book was a great basic primer to all of the main characters. I hope it'll be a help for the frequent Greek Mythology categories in Jeopardy.

This would be a great book for children grades 3-6; especially ones of advanced intellect who are bored in school. Ken lays out the material in an interesting way (chapters are organized by
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: with-the-kids
I've read a lot of books on Greek Mythology geared for kids, and this is a pretty good one. I actually prefer the storybook style of D'Aulaires' to this, but I love Jennings's humor and fact-based presentation.

The only drawback is that there are A LOT of characters in Greek mythology. I can see younger or struggling readers getting confused. I might start with a more basic primer on the subject and use this to add to my knowledge. My kids both really enjoyed it, however, and my daughter used it
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is really fun and interesting. My only complaint is the overall organization of the information. In some periods it worked really well but others felt like some needed information was left out because it didn’t fit the periods theme, leaving the reader with a partial story. I still think it’s a great companion for readers exploring Greek mythology or books, like Rick Riodian’s Percy Jackson series, which use the myths in their own retelling.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Greek mythology has alwaysed interested me and so this book helped me learn more about it. Like the percy jackson series this can be fun and educational at the same time. I reccomened this book to those people who like egyption mythology.
Toya Taylor
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book came in the April OwlCrate Jr. 2018 box. (Awesome box). This was very interesting and the book had a nice dose of humor in it. There is a quiz at the back that I didn't take because the answers are in the Greek alphabet..LOL.
Mysterious Shade
4 stars out of 5
Just finished this cute book. It was pretty interesting, as a person really fond of Greek Mythology (Hehe, Percy Jackson ;) ). I found out new stories which I liked. But it also bored me at times. It was okay to good.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Greek mythology! It's so cool, even though some of the stories are a bit weird. This book was really fun to read, and it was filled with many stories about the different Greek gods and heroes.
Also, the illustrations are cute!
Pat Harris
Jun 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Poorly written and a bore! Definately NOT recommended. So bad that I couldn't finish it. Don't buy this book!
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the best explanation book I've come across on Greek mythology so far. Great addition to our homeschooling for my grade 6 student.
Bea Elwood
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-grade
Definitely a good series and a must in the classroom.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book tells about Greek mythology. It talks about the different gods and goddesses the Greeks worshiped. It talks about heroes, kings with their kingdoms and weird things that happened there.
It was very cool to read about all this stuff. I already knew most of it, but I love reading about it more.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Greek Mythology by Ken Jennings is a children's non-fiction book that is just what children need to learn their Greek facts. This is an interactive trivia book has loads of fun illustrations, trivia, and quizzes to test a child's knowledge about myths like how Theseus escaped the Labyrinth, why Atlas holds the world, how Prometheus outsmarted the gods, and why there are seasons because of Persephone and her bargain with Hades. This is a fun book that will help children understand Greek gods and ...more
Elissa Schaeffer
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to what I can only call a resurgence in popular fiction based on mythology, ancient Greek Mythology is super popular at my library. I gave this one a shot for a couple of reasons: 1) Ken Jennings, Jeopardy Champion? I'm in. 2) Greek Mythology? I'm in. 3) Aimed at grades 3 and up? SOLD! This hits the mark with the tone (funny) and illustrations (equally funny if not funnier). It presents mythology in easily digestible bits but accurately. I have to say I was pleasantly suprised that Jennin ...more
Edy Gies
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great introduction to Greek mythology and also a great resource to keep track of the gods/goddesses that are minor. There are stories but they are more concise than say, D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths. The audience is a little younger (8-10) but the way the material is ordered would be helpful to others interested in mythology. For example, the Graces, Furies, Fates, Hours, and the Gray sisters are all grouped by threes and do something different. They were arranged in a chart tha ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked this one a lot less than his U. S. Presidents trivia guide. Perhaps the subject area wasn't as appealing to me, but I actually found it to be a bit textbook-y (albeit with Jennings clear voice and humorous tone). I can see a kid who is into Greek mythology loving this book, but there were so many "characters" to keep track of that I got bored with it as a casual learner of the topic. The criticism for this book is the same as the U.S. Presidents book--I think this has entertainment value ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I tried to take a break from reading How to Train Your Dragon with E to read this, but he would have none of it. The parts that I read with him he liked, but anytime I suggested we read this together he said no he wanted to get back to his other series. So I ended up reading it mostly by myself. There wasn't much that I didn't already know in this book, but there was some. And it was certainly a much more entertaining book than the one I was forced to read on the subject in junior high. Too bad ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved these kinds of books when I was younger, budding trivia junkie that I was. So I couldn't pass up reading one now, from trivia royalty Ken Jennings. So clever, and it doesn't have that fault of other books geared towards kids that in trying to be appealing and cute, ends up being lame or condescending, or both.

It was a great refresher for me too, since I am reading Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. Sometimes you just need a break from heavier literary fare.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2014
I'll tell you who the genius is, Ken Jennings, that's who! What a fantastic idea. He is going to turn the tide on current education when he writes books that make learning fun. It's one thing to get history but to get the Ken Jennings version makes you smile. I'm becoming such a fan of his and feel compelled to read everything he writes. Up next: "Maps and geography" then "US presidents." Can't wait to become a junior genius.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
There are many characters in the book Junior Genius Guides Greek Mythology. Since this is a book about all the things that had to do with Greeks way back then. Every person has a different setting. Like Helios, he flies the sun around the earth. So I can infer that his setting would be the sky. I would recommend this book to third grade through fifth grade. Since in fourth grade many people in my class read the book Greek Myths so I know around this age people get interested in these things.
Christina Dudley
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
My 12YO son read this in a day or two and gave it 4.5 of 5 stars because it was "interesting" and "had a lot of stuff that was cool." He's now reading KJ's Maps and Geography book and has passed this one to my 10YO. I think you could safely give this to any Rick Riordan fan as a gateway book to nonfiction!
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