Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas
Book cover
Author(s): Crispin Boyer
Publisher: National Geogrpahic
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781426335471
Review

Greek mythology and cute talking animals: what's not to love? In this title, author Crispin Boyer creates a curious and comedic world that middle Grade readers will fall into and from which they will not want to emerge. The central figure, Zeus the Mighty, king of the gods, is a hamster who rules over his kingdom, the Mount Olympus Pet Center, run by human caregiver Artemis Ambrosia (or Artie), with all the majesty owed to the king of the gods. The title boasts an interesting cast of animal gods and goddesses which includes Zeus's trusty sidekick, Demeter (a cricket); Poseidon (a noble pufferfish), lord of the oceans who is constantly battling with Zeus over territory; the goofy yet friendly god of war, Ares (a pug); and Athena (a tabby cat), wisest of the gods. This entire cast of characters serves Zeus and their "country" to the best of their abilities. The first in a new fiction series by National Geographic, this book will be a hit with fans of mythology. There is lots of space for hijinks, adventures, and escapades as the "Greeks" follow the dictates of the Oracle; a podcast to which Artie enjoys geeking out. When the Oracle relates the story of the Golden Fleece, Zeus and his minions are off on an epic adventure! Readers will appreciate the overlay of this mythological world atop the real-life operations of a pet rescue center and how Boyer manages to fit all the plot pieces together perfectly. Great characters, action, adventure, and lots of humor will make this title a popular read in elementary libraries.

Reviewer: Terry Roper
Rating: Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): K-2
Review Date: September 1, 2019
Product Description
Greek mythology meets The Secret Life of Pets in this first adventure in a hilarious new middle grade fiction series, starring Zeus the mighty ... king of the gods ... ruler of minions ... HAMSTER, and the crazy crew of critters of the Mount Olympus Pet Center.

Welcome to the Mount Olympus Pet Center, which sits high on a hill in Athens ... Georgia. The owner, Artie, has a soft spot for animals that need a forever home, and she has rescued a menagerie of creatures, each named after a powerful god or goddess. But these animals aren't just pets with cool names ...

Meet Zeus, a tiny hamster with a mighty appetite for power. His cage sits atop a high shelf so he can watch the other pets from above. But being king of the gods is a tough job: You've got to issue orders and decrees, make sure to stay in tip-top shape by running on your exercise wheel, and most importantly, lead your minions on epic journeys. And Zeus the Mighty has one giant task in front of him: Find the "Golden Fleas" and solidify his position before the other gods rebel.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
Price: $12.99
Genre: Children's Books
Sub-Genre: Chapter Books
Entry ID: 2216231

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