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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  23 reviews
“A resonant story about family, friendship and loss, and the power of hope and unity. Gayton reminds us that small things are sometimes the most important.”—Sunday Times [UK]

To protect her village from a giant, Greta recruits a champion: Hercufleas! He may be tiny, but this young flea is certain he’s destined for greatness. Being a hero is harder than it seems, though, an
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Clarion Books (first published April 2nd 2015)
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Hercufleas is the cutest book I've read this year, and it deserves so much more recognition than it's getting!

Sam Gayton has created hit that Disney might want to steal in the future! This off the beaten path "Hercules" re-telling (in a way) is one of the best action novels I've ever read and enjoyed - and it's a middle grade novel! This book outdid so many adult action novels and it wasn't even aimed at my age group! I can see so many adults reading this to their kids and getting a lot out of i
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hercufleas is a flea - an unusually large, talking flea, but still, a flea. Nevertheless, from the very day he hatches out of his egg, he wants to be a hero. He gets that chance in short order, thanks to his fleamily's position as employfleas - you see where this is going - of a man who rents out heroes. Along comes a girl named Greta, from a town named Tumber, whose citizens are being guzzled by an indestructible giant named Yuk. They have tried hiring heroes before, but none of them has manage ...more
Pop Bop
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After A Slow Start This Tale Builds Nicely

This book opens with the birth, (hatching), of Hercufleas. We meet his family and visit the hat in which he lives. We are showered with flea puns and flea words, (we meet Hercufleas' "fleamily", and so on). After a few pages of that this looked like it would just be a little-engine-that-could tale with flea jokes. But boy, that's just a piece of the story.

I sympathize with authors who have to set up an arch, slim and maybe cutesy premise before they can
University of Chester teacher readers
Begins with a prologue setting the scene for the need of a giant slayer, I didn’t find the prologue very enticing, and the characters in that didn’t inspire me to carry on reading. However the introduction of the fleamily in chapter 1 changed that and the story started to unfold. It is a story of how self belief and all working together can triumph over evil. The choice to do the right thing and not resort to the use of lethal weapons (the black death) to overcome evil. To believe, even though h ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hero's journey story centering around a flea with big dreams and an embittered girl who has lost all she loves but wishes to save her town from a dreadful monster. There are many lovely moments in this book, some centering on when Hercufleas drinks a drop of Greta's blood and senses the sweetness when she is hopeful and the bitterness when she is not. He longs for his family while she has lost hers and the two finally come to an understanding of each other around this shared experience. Hercuf ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I think I enjoyed this book more than The Snow Merchant. The amount of thought that went into this book is mind blowing. From the Flea Hat House to the giant world around Hercufleas. There's so much attention to detail and amazing imagination that went into this book. I really want to read it again because I'm sure I'll pick up on more things!

I will definitely be recommending this book to children in the library. You won't forget this raisin-sized hero, that just wants to go on a que
May 25, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

An evil giant by the name of Yuk needs to defeat and many heros have failed before him. The next hero to combat this evil creature is... Hercufleas a tiny flea who is no bigger than a raison. This tiny character is small by nature but mighty by heart which is demonstrated many times through the story. Throughout the story the flea comes across obstacles and decisions which will have incredible awful outcomes if he does not succeed.

The story looks at friendship and the th
Kien Le Trung
Wow, this book is so incredible fun, great plot and teach reader a wonderful things everyone needs to know. That “ small” things can be important, that a flea can be a hero. Hercufleas. That is his name. Hercules + flea. The Hercules of Flea. He will have to save an village from a monstrous giant who already won so many heroes who is “bigger”, “stronger” than him. And why do he win? I recommend you to read out this epic book and find out yourself.

- Whatever the size of his enemies, the winner’s
Terry Maguire
What a fantastic riff on the hero's journey that middle grade readers will love! The action, humor, and unlikely hero of this novel will appeal to many students & the central idea - "believe something and it is halfway to being real" is a great takeaway. Young people will love Greta & Hercufleas and will be delightfully grossed out by the descriptions of The Yuk who's been guzzling people from Greta's hometown of Tumber. ...more
Holly Anderson
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read! It incorporated myths and legends with cool twists. Extremely innovative and fantastical characters. The author is amazingly talented at word play in both a meaningful and amusing way. The morals of the story are easy to see, yet told in such an entertaining way that it in no way feels like you are being lectured, but in fact, the reader feels involved in the evolution of the character development.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable children's story about a flea named Hercufleas who wants to be a hero. With the help of a human girl named Greta, they go on an adventure to try to save her town from an evil giant. Very well written, good character development, and excellent flow.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being legally blind, I used two different technologies to read this book. Slow and often frustrating, I still do it.

I enjoyed this book. It was an amusing, good read with a moral to it. The moral didn't hit you over the head which was nice.

I would recommend this bood.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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Well written, a unique fairy tale, but not my cup of tea. In reviewing this book i did keep in mind that i am not the intended audience for it. I had higher hopes based on the blurb about it but it just did not live up to my expectation. yes i would recommend it for age appropriate readers.
Sydnie MacDonald
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sweet and nature filled but one thing is that in this book the main character a flea drinks blood and I found that slightly gross. Otherwise it is nice. It is not my favorite, I wish there was more action but but it was good.
Emily P.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full of heart it was a nice story
Scott Hensley
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through a good reads giveaway. This book was really unexpected. I had a lot of fun reading about Hercufleas and his adventure though this book.
Elizabeth Beverley
Fantastic story, very unique. Loved the references to characters from Sam's other books too.
Lil  Jen
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute story that doesn't have a love aspect. Family, friends and fighting giants, great read for MS students.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit too strange and all over the place for me, but I can see why it would appeal to a younger audience.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent adventure. Thoroughly enjoyed this minuscule hero
Julie Dietzel-Glair
A classic adventure with an un-classic hero. I would have loved this book as a child.
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Sam Gayton lives and writes in a basement, where the spiders are big and hungry. He works at a primary school in Kent. The Snow Merchant is his first book. Now it’s finished he’ll go and write another one. He can’t tell you anything except for the first line: I can’t outrun the horses.

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“She trailed off. Hercufleas waited. He saw her unpacking the grief from her heart, all the sorrow and hurt, arranging it into a story. Something she could bear to tell.” 0 likes
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