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Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals from Ancient Greece

Quarto/Wide Eyed Editions. Sept. 2019. 112p. Tr $30. ISBN 9781786031938.
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Gr 2-5–Classical Greek myths meet edgy art in this encyclopedia. The vibrancy and saturated color of Topping’s combined collaging and digital art pull readers in; Kershaw’s easily accessible writing style will keep them engaged. Opening with an introduction and table of contents, the encyclopedia covers gods, then human heroes, and finally monsters. Each being has a profile that includes their common and Greek name, where they reside, their status, what they are known for, a brief history, a quote from the text, and facts accompanied by a colorful, multilayered collage portrait. The book features 50 powerful characters of Greek mythology and includes four central myths such as the Odyssey, which amounts to two pages. While each group (immortals, mortals, and monsters) may have benefited from a separate section heading to allow readers time to acknowledge the difference in categorization, the characters in Greek mythology are woven together to provide context.
VERDICT Fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series and those who enjoy nonfiction with eye-catching collages will be captivated by the world of ancient Greece.

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