Lue on blue Baby Zeus meanwhile is raised in a cave and in one panel looks out at the sky One cannot help but notice that the stalactites lining the image look like teeth reminding you of Kronos who has eaten Zeus s kin So without a word you are reminded that Zeus has temporarily exchanged one mouth for anotherAdmittedly there is zippo racial diversity in the images here O Connor isn t challenging any preconceived notions of what one od or another looks like By the end Zeus even has a white beard The closest you et to a change is a brown haired Aphrodite I suppose the argument for keeping them white was that Greek ods are Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare generally pretty scummy people and would you really want to diversify their flaws Still in this day and age it s hard to do an all white cast for anything even a children sraphic novelGreek myths are many things but child friendly I think all of us can remember hearing one myth or another as a child that didn t uite make sense Apollo chased a Island Girls (and Boys) girl toet a kiss and she was so freaked out she asked to be turned into a tree Huh And how exactly did Zeus turning into a swan lead to Leda Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier giving birth anyway And don t evenet me started on the changes Disney made to that lamentable Hercules Hera is Hercules loving mom Puh leeze In this first Olympian title O Connor therefore has the unenviable job of telling a story straight without making it uh explicit Zeus after all is the original letch So you do see him chasing Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within girls without seeing themet caught That s how O Connor plays it and it works pretty well Admittedly he pokes fun at the material sometimes and there is a line in Zeus that adults will raise an eyebrow at but kids won t Call the Next Witness get at all At one point Zeus says that as a kid he used to think he could reach into the sky and take the moon Metis informs him that Selene the moon is much bigger than he is His response I don t know I canrow pretty big You don t need to even see Metis s Heh in response to Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities get that one Accurate characters and personalities Still pretty kid friendly in the endWhat I love about this is that not only is O Connor releasing one book perod but he s doing it so that the story from one book carries on into the next This must have taken a fair bit of wrangling and shifting on his part I m sure O Connor s natural inclination was to place Hera after Zeus but for reasons that we will learn soon enough he made Athena 2 It will probably have something to do with the fact that Athena s mother Metis has a relatively large role in this book and that storyline has not been wrapped up yetWhen she was uizzing me on this new series my young patron asked desperately I love Hestia No one ever pays any attention to Hestia Will there be a book about Hestia There will be I assured her There will be a book on each of the twelve ods and kids will be allowed to find their favorites instantly Comics aren t for everyone and there are plenty of folks content with what the D Aulaires have to offer but definitely keep an eye out for O Connor s series just the same Exciting accurate and intense it s bound to be instantly beloved of kids all thanks to its classic comic inspirationsAges 9 and up This is a really uick intro to the beginning of the Olympians reign but I think it purposely left out a lot of information that could have been included so that later volumes would have it The art was okay for me but I didn t find it incredibly jaw dropping or anything A solid 3 stars Your hair it looks nice thanks I m hooked First it was a fast read Only about an hour if you include the extra reading materials the authorillustrator has at the back of the book I love when you can tell that the author is really invested in iving an accurate portrayal of stories from history In this case George O Connor Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning gives you his bibliography including some websites that I have to still explore and recommended titles for younger and older readers Really appreciate this This is one of my firstraphic novels that I have read I have plans to read next It took me a while to figure out that there isn t really a set way that you read these meaning the format is dictated by the panels and the panels don t really have any rules as far as two page spreads Charlestown Blues go Cool to think about with regards to yearbook design I also loved the Author s Note section and the GeekGreek Noets section which really made me want to look at all the names again and how we have so many words derived from this time and too read the original stories of Homer and Hesiod and the Great Books series I have in our library I thought originally that I would loan these to my niece or nephew I think maybe when they are older Right now they are 9 and 7 On to Athena. Nds up and takes on his own father in a battle intense enough to shatter the universe Who will emerge triumpha.
Aires Book of Greek Myths so we start talking fiction Has she read The Lightning Thief and other Rick Riordan titles Roll of the eyes Of course Has she read Anne Ursu s Cronus Chronicles starting with The Shadow Thieves Double roll of the eyes All right Has she read the brand spanking new Olympians series coming out via First Second illustrated by George O Connor and reimagined as Charlestown Blues: Selected Poems, a Bilingual Edition graphic novels Not only had she not heard of it but she was practically clawing my eyes out when I informed her that I didn t have a copy on the shelf at the moment Kids love myths Kids also love comics Put the two together by auy who actually knows how to turn a crazy myth into a comprehensible even dramatic story and you ve Building the South Side got a natural pairing that isoing to have your patrons big and small hungering for Buy in bulkIn the time before time there was nothing Kaos From out of Kaos came Ge or Gaea our Mother Earth So begins a tale of how the Titans and subseuently the Greek Gods came to be The world is formed and the Titan Kronos eats each of his children as they are born However he misses Zeus the youngest child and as a result that particular Bright College Years god is able torow up free his siblings and take arms against the Titans for control of the earth itself In an exciting comic book style George O Connor accurately depicts the tale of Zeus leaving off the story to continue with Athena the next in the series published as a separate book Endmatter includes an Author s Note Greek Notes as they apply to specific panels and pages Greek myth character trading card type pages a Bibliography recommended reads amusing discussion uestions 1 Zeus s dad tries to eat him Has your dad ever tried to eat you and an accurate but complex Olympians Family Tree on the front cover that you ll find yourself poring over again and againGeorge O Connor may be best known to some of us as the bloke behind Journey Into Mohawk Country and Adam Rapp s Ball Peen Hammer On the picture book side of things he did Kapow yet another comic inspired title and a popular one in my library at that With this book he had one big hurdle to leap Make the myths logical The thing about the Greek myths is that you can read them on paper all you like but some things are just not Chicagos Urban Nature gonna make a whole lot of sense For example we hear that Hestia has been so long on the stomach of Kronos that she has nearly been digested and barely has a form of her own All right smartuys Go illustrate that More difficult still is that if you re making these myths into a single concrete understandable story how do you explain Zeus falling in love with his sister The author finds a way and his words are not without their own rhythm and beauty I liked little things like Rhea feeding her husband a stone baby instead of Zeus and the conseuent line If Lord Kronos noticed his newborn son had less warmth than the rest he Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture gave no sign On top of that O Connor tells the story with a structure that makes sense The repeated line that Mother Earth was still unhappy for she loved all her children is what leads to the defeat of the Titans and the rise of theods on the one hand and perhaps the eventual destruction of the Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the City's Architecture + Landscape gods later on down the roadThe art is heavily inspired by O Connor s beloved comic books of yore He explains in his Author s Note his love of The Mighty Thor as a kid I remember staring at it trying to comprehend whether I loved it or hated it The story was full of all those enormous bigger than life beasts I remembered from my copy of Edith Hamilton s mythology If Greekods are our original superheroes or super villains then it s natural to draw them as such We ve already seen some children s books do this The Mighty 12 Superheroes of Greek Myth by Charles R Smith illustrated by P Craig Russell comes instantly to mind so it makes a certain amount of sense One difference from comic books is the fact that while the men tend to o around shirtless and ripped the ladies aren t all that busty Fair play to O Connor then And I did enjoy the fact that comic book facts keep working their way into the notes at the end of this book We re told that the Adamantine that Kronos s sickle is made out of is where Wolverine in X Men et his adamantium claws Or that the Cyclopes are like Cyclops the X Men leader Actually thinking about it now all the comic facts seem to be about X Men I suppose the Wonder Woman facts will have to wait for a later volume in the series when we finally meet the sThe actual art in this book has all kinds of small details as well Kronos cut open his father the sky so his eyes and mouth show only the cosmos His wife Rhea is also the daughter of the sky and the earth but her pupils are crescent moons Ost terrifying of all the Titans reigns as the unchallenged tyrant of the cosmosuntil his son the od Zeus sta.
I mean It s not that reat but I just wanted to Communism get my 40 book challenge done so I just picked up this book and I was like I should just read this and it turned out prettyood actually I picked it up because of how detailed and how carefully drawn the pictures were Reason for Reading I am a huge fan of Greek mythologyThis tells the tale of creation from the Greek mythological point of view up to the birth of Zeus Then it follows Zeus s story how he battles his father Kronos to become King of the Gods and the founding of the home for the Olympians on Mount OlympusFantastic first book in a new ongoing series retelling the Greek myths The story here is very well represented How to Read the American City Close Up going right back to the beginning with Gaea The Cyclopes The Hekatonchieres and the Titans even before the birth of Zeus This part of Greek mythology is often confusing to children I never could understand it as a kid and theraphic representation especially of the Titans and the Hekatonchieres with their fifty heads and one hundred hands is the ideal format for telling this myth This story is also hardly ever included in children s Greek Myth collections and I ve read many such collections over the last 16 years to my children I feel uite confident in saying the author has done a brilliant job of re telling Zeus story in an exciting format The illustrations are dark and unusual as to fit the subject matter from Kronos and the eating of his children to Zeus final battle with his father The book ends with the final destinies of those who came before Zeus and looks forward with a frame of Zeus with his ueen brothers and sisters and his children preparing us for the next volume There is also some extra info at the end with an Author s Note Fact pages on four characters a Notes section referenced to pages and panels and finally a further reading section both for younger and older readers I m very impressed This is a keeper for me and I d highly recommend it as a library purchase Surprised I have never come across this series before or that no one has done a straight raphic novel adaptation of the Greek myths to my knowledgeWhat I liked about this book was that it s not a reinterpretation or modern spin on classic mythology It is the artist s interpretation of course but he has done his research and one back to the sources He includes a bibliography and he s read his HesiodThis is the actual Greek origin story starting with Gaea and Ouranos the rebellion of the Titans led by Kronos against their father followed by the battle between the Titans and the first Olympians Told as if it were a single issue of a comic book starring Zeus as a still young brash Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet god The art and story makes it very much a superhero comic yet it s a perfectly authentic version of Greek mythologyThe Titans are titanic Zeus and his siblings areods but don t seem all powerful against the Titans The Cyclopes and Hekatonchieres and ancient and scary The battles are epicAt times the art was a little anime ish especially with Metis and the target audience is obviously children there are even discussion uestions and lossaries in the back But this is still an attractive volume that will appeal to all fans of Greek mythology and I ll probably collect the series I love this series I had never heard the story of how Zeus ot his lightning bolt This story tells that story I didn t know the details of Zeus fighting his father and the Titans I simply knew he overthrew his father Now I do George Conversations with Nelson Algren goes andets reat stories about the Greek ods and there is always something new and fresh There are so many stories to tell about Zeus and all his long list of conuests and yet George focuses on the beginning of the pantheon of Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate gods we know as Greek mythology He does so well in what he brings out I do wish this had been longer and story Zeus is part of so many stories The art is fantastic The lightning jumps of the page He really brought something to life on the page and this is a must read for anyone who loves mythology I would like to own these There is so much energy that jumps off the page Wonderful retelling of how Zeus became king of theods Engaging and uick read but not my type of book I usually like to read But other than that it was a Cop Knowledge: Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-Century America goodraphic novel Girl walks into my library I m putting her age at around nine maybe ten Asks if I have any books on Ancient Greece Turns out the kid is so into Greek mythology that she is willingly learning about the true history behind that area of the world for her own personal knowledge In other words she is every children s librarian s dream patron I show her what we have and then we Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues get to talking about mythology She s a huge fan of the D Aul. Here's Where It All Starts the beginning of everything the world theods and even humanity Might Kronos the
George O'Connor is the author of several picture books including the New York Times bestseller Kapow Kersplash and Sally and the Some thing JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK COUNTRY was his first graphic novel a long held dream that weaves together his passion for history and ongoing research into Native American life He's also the authorillustrator of a new picture book If I Had a Raptor He lives in