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Thought you knew the Greek gods, think again. Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans is a charming, hilarious, action-packed reimagining of Greek myths that will have you laughing your winged sandals off.
Elliot is struggling: He's struggling at school, he's struggling at home, he's struggling to avert Mr Boil's wrath, he's struggling to evade the nosy neighbour, Mrs Porshley-Plum, and above all he's struggling to keep a secret - that mum's not well. So, when the constellation Virgo crashes into his cowshed and accidentally unleashes the evil death daemon, Thanatos, Elliot's sure it's a Greek tragedy. However, it might just be the help he so desperately needs.
I picked this book up as I was writing an essay on retellings of Greek myths and wanted to include children's literature in my argument, being an ex-children's bookseller 'n' all. My only regret is that I didn't pick this up sooner! It's well written, thoroughly researched and cleverly woven creating a perfect introduction to Greek mythology.
The plot twists and turns, the characters are amusing, loveable and robust in their accuracy, and the writing is challenging yet accessible enabling it to encourage children’s reading ability. Evans is truly talented!
While I loved it as an adult, and after researching Greek myths, I’m certain children will be enthralled by the introduction this provides. I can’t wait to read the next two instalments!