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The Legend of Greg

(An Epic Series of Failures #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A boy discovers his destiny could totally stink in this riotously funny fantasy-adventure

Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He's got a friend--that's right, just one--at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn't ordinar
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Stewart Tame
Disclaimer: I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Greg Belmont always believed he was an ordinary kid. Sure, his dad is a bit on the eccentric side, obsessed with organic soaps and cereals. Sure, his best friend at school also seems to be his ONLY friend. And, sure, the Belmont family in general seems prone to bad luck, especially on Thursdays. And, sure, he got attacked by a polar bear on a field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Yes, it smashed through five layers of safety glass
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Greg Belmont discovers that he's a Dwarf and there's a whole world of Dwarves, Elves, and magic that he never knew existed. When his father is kidnapped by Trolls and his own magical abilities are triggered, Greg is whisked away to the world of Dwarves located underneath Chicago. There he makes a few Dwarf friends (and befriends an annoying talking axe) and learns of the tense history between Dwarves and Elves and finds himself training for a war that is expected to arrive with the reemergence o ...more
Alex (Briennai)
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely the next Percy Jackson. I was starting to read this book, but immediately I fell in love with Greg. He is relatable to most pre-teens. Even though his dad has some quirks, he secretly loves those quirks and has a great relationship with him. Edwin is his best friend who is considered to be “perfect”, but he loves being able to be with Greg because it allows him to just be himself. His friends expect him to love sports, but he secretly loves chess and bad puns even more. A good ...more
Carolina  (fictionologyst)
The worldbuilding is a little bit weird, but I love the characters and the writing style!
Ms. Yingling
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Thursdays are usually bad in Greg's world, and his health food owning father's world as well. But the Thursday when Greg goes to the zoo with his elite private school classmates is especially bad when a polar bear tries to attack. His teachers are angry, and no one seems to have noticed that his best friend Edwin seemed to mesmerize the bear into NOT attacking Greg. When his father, who has just come back from another quest for ingredients for his funky teas and soaps, i
Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
3 based on the old Goodreads system.

This book took me awhile to get through for a lot of reasons. It had a very strong beginning and I thought I was going to love it! But as I kept reading it kind of died on me.... the pacing was really really off and then I felt like I was reading 3 different books because of the tone and writing seemed to keep shifting. It was sort of disorienting... and I also don't think he knows the first thing about teens being angry with each other... it's very obvious in
Heaven Ashlee
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've decided to start reviewing with a little bit more detail and organization, so here's the first trial!

Plot: Greg Belmont has spent his entire life with his dad, Trevor, and the Belmont family curse of bad luck that only seemed to strike on Thursdays. What starts with a freak polar bear attacking Greg at the zoo turns into his father's shop being destroyed and henceforth his father being kidnapped. By an Elf and a Troll. As Greg comes to know that he is, in fact, a Dwarf, he finds himself tan
This was a truly hilarious riot from beginning to end! I love Greg, and Edwin his Best Friend. The magic, the lore of dwarves and elves.. and the world returning to An age of magic! It was sooooo good I can’t wait for more adventures! This would be an awesome book for middle schoolers I’m not sure my boys would understand the humor (they are 8 and 4) my eldest maybe. I love that the dwarves as a people are prone to failing and they have to get over it in order to survive, in reality it’s a great ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books-read
Greg was an ordinary guy, with one friend, and a father who was pretty cool. So what if his family history was filled with bad luck, the curse only strikes on Thursday. The rest of the week is usually normal. Well, there was the bear at the zoo trying to attack him. Then his dad was attacked and kidnapped by this ugly looking guy.

Then he found out he was a Dwarf, a real Dwarf, is introduced to the Dwarf colony beneath Chicago. Just a normal day...NOT.

I enjoyed this book, and the characters, and
Jill Cd
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun fantasy read!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read the Legend Of Greg. I loved how it takes place in Chicago. However, the characters seemed flat and lacked depth. I never felt an interest in knowing what happened next. Emoji feeling: 😐
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing like picking up a book and finding, on the first page, a warning to NOT read this book if it's a Thursday...and realizing it actually IS a Thursday...yep. That's what happened. But I'm notorious for ignoring instructions, so I read it anyway. Luckily, nothing disastrous happened. And it was a very pleasant little read.

This is a great middle-grade novel, with content and adventure level completely appropriate. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the story, as it took a very enjoyable turn from th
Denise Spicer
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This hilarious story about two best friends, Greg and Edwin is a hoot. When Greg finds out he’s really a Dwarf and his best bud is an Elf their relationship changes as the two groups were traditionally enemies. . Lots of exciting action with Greg’s new magic axe enlivens the story. Flawed by the somewhat preachy insistence that all groups can get along and the somewhat depressing ending which is undoubtedly a set up for more books.
Becky B
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Greg has known forever that his family as epically bad luck on Thursdays. But he never really knew why until the day he drinks his dad's newest weird tea, accidentally breaks a bully's hand by turning to stone, and grows a fresh batch of salad ingredients in the cafeteria. And then gets attacked by a troll. Turns out, he's a dwarf. And dwarves as a whole just seem doomed to failure and random attacks by animals. (Which explains the incident with the polar bear the other day.) Now Greg finds hims ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Greg who was MUCH MORE THAN WHAT HE SEEMED, as aptly pointed out by Froggy who basically muttered (mostly) to himself in random fragments, but was also more than what HE seemed, but that's a story for another time. Greg's father was a holistic health professional of sorts, and from time to time, his son was the guinea pig. Whether it was a new organic soap or a new brew, he was there for it all...after all, it's his dad, and he loved the guy, so yeah...bri ...more
Mark Buxton
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My name is Greg, and I unexpectedly discovered I'm a Dwarf and now live underground with others of my kind. I learned Elves and Dwarfs have never gotten along, which is funny since my best friend Edwin is the son of the Elf Lord. My father was captured by Elves after he discovered a new source of magic, but Edwin insists his parents had nothing to do with it. It's good that I'm a Dwarf with magical ability, but it's bad that a new war with the Elves seems imminent. I guess I rekindled all this t ...more
TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ever think you’ve been having a bad day?

Well Greg Belmont certainly has had his fair share of them…especially on Thursdays. Otherwise, Greg lives a pretty normal life in Chicago playing chess with his best (and only) friend, Edwin, and supportive dad.

That is until one particular Thursday when Greg is attacked by a polar bear while on a school field trip to the zoo; this attack sets off a chain of events where Greg drinks magic tea, his father gets kidnapped by a Troll, and he finds himself in
Jen (1/2 of Bookish Moms)
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review made it into the rotation, double booked just under the wire of my move. I'm so glad it did. Greg is a regular (sort of introverted) Chicago kid. He has one friend, he loves his Dad, he loves food, all is pretty okay in his world. I know the city pretty well and this story is spot on geographically correct- in fact, I could even venture to guess which schools may have inspired the descriptions in the book. I won't for fear of taking away the fun that Chicago kids will have narrowing ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I specifically requested this book because I couldn’t walk away from that title. And it did not disappoint.

Greg Belmont has the worst luck. I’m not talking “dropping your ice cream” luck, or “slamming your hand in the car door” luck. I’m talking “getting attacked by a polar bear at the zoo and then the teacher getting mad at you for it” luck. Which totally happens to Greg. It runs in the family, he’s told by his dad, who’s always out looking for new ingredients for organic soaps and teas.

And Gre
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Oh my goodness.

I would seriously recommend reading this book without a lot of prior knowledge because it is seriously so good.

All I really knew about this book was that it was about a dwarf called Greg who has bad luck on Thursdays, and I was sold.

I read one review where they compared this book to Percy Jackson and I really have to agree. This book just gives off all of the Percy Jackson vibes and it just gave me such nostalgia.

I really love the characters in this book. They are all so differ
Danica Hughes
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#kidlitexchange #partner
I was excited to receive The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander through @kidlitexchange to review, it did not disappoint!
This is an amazing fantasy middle grade novel that released 6/12/18 that is full of dwarves, elves, trolls and other magical beings. I was instantly sucked into the story, and loved Rylander’s writing style. This novel is action packed, but still also gives lots of laughs.
Greg Belmont is an ordinary thirteen-year-old who has a hard time making friends
Nils Krebber
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
A shot at Harry Potter with Dwarfs, but unfortunately also with fantastical racism up the wazoo. I get that our protagonists are Teenagers, but the way Greg accepts the Elf-Hate so quickly as to distrust his only friend is staggeringly stupid.
Also man, that story got dark quickly while trying to be age appropriate. The dwarfs are training child soldiers as soon as possible and Greg leads them into deadly combat after a week of training. Then we have A-Team Fighting where everybody is Shooting,
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Diana Ault
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the writing style, fast-paced and humorous, no slow filler, and plenty of action, especially at the end. The only thing that dragged on the narrative was the fact that it’s kids’ lit so the whole having played-up sharp weapons (so many) but not reeeeaaaallly being allowed to use them effectively, like having the writing actually talk about the main character slicing into their enemies as one would do during a battle in which many sharp objects are involved, felt very obvious. It’s like, you ...more
Alba Arango
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Greg Belmont is a normal 13-year-old kid, and he’s okay with that. His BFF Edwin is the most popular kid in school (and the richest), and the two share an appreciation for something that most middle schoolers don’t get―chess. Then one day, everything changes. After his dad is kidnapped, Greg is led underground where he learns he is not quite as ordinary as he thought. He’s a dwarf. Oh, and there’s an entire world of dwarves living under Chicago. Oh, and now that dwarven magic is returning, a war ...more
Toya Taylor
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in my July OwlCrate Jr.

This is a story of a boy (who is ordinary at first) Greg. Greg goes to a prep school and is not so popular with the other kids. His only friend is a popular kid named Edwin. Greg's life takes an interesting turn when he drink some magical tea of his dad's. His dad is then taken by a troll. Greg soon learns that he is a dwarf and there is a whole community of Dwarves in the city of Chicago. Greg also finds out that his best friend is an elf, and that hi
Ash Luna
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Me and my son who is 8 read this as our nightly read for a couple weeks and he was so excited overtime we dived into reading. most the chapters ended with us wanted more which was fantastic. Lets just say my kiddo is trying to keep safe on Thursdays haha.

Greg is hilarious and I adored his character thru most the book especially the history behind his family curse it made it worth reading. my son also loved it, however we did give it 4 stars because common the ending really I was hoping for a BA
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. The main character was a lot different than the other main characters I see in most books for this age group and the story was different than most of the other books I read. It felt very much like a Rick Riordan book, but it dealt with elves and dwarves rather than demi-gods. But it was a really nice change of pass from those Rick Riordan books and I couldn't stop reading it. The ending was a little abrupt and I'm not really sure what the next book will be about given how ...more
hallie bertling
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
i hesitate to say ANYTHING but it was such a fun read.
so, all the "it's kinda like X, but with some Y, and little bit of Z..." well, regardless, it's ALL worth it. i loved it.
punny, adventurous, funny. magical.
i EAGERLY anticipate the next installment in the series.

great, quick chapters for young readers. big words to keep it interesting for the grown*ups.
boy-centric adventure with girls, too. but boys will LOVE it.

(a less-serious percy jackson would be my easiest comparison. in the best way. ga
Drew Carlton
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great fantasy adventure book. The fictional world of dwarves and elves meshed well with the real world. It made it seem somewhat possible to be true due to the non conflicting worlds of magic and regular humans. I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed I Am Number Four and any other fantasy adventure books. I would have liked a little less of the story talking about the regular world. It took a while for the magical adventure to start and consequently it did not last very lon ...more
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