Recommended for ages 8-13
Kate McMullan’s got a great series going with her Myth-O-Mania series. Narrated by Hades, each Myth-O-Mania book offers up the God of the Underworld’s take on a Greek myth, with his hilarious commentary and points of view. This time out, McMullan/Hades offers up the tale of Odysseus, hero of the Trojan War, who angered Poseidon and ended up taking ten years to get home.
The book is great, in that it is The Odyssey, made accessible to middle-grade readers. Just about everything we grown-ups and teens read in high school and college is in here – the Cyclops, the Scylla and Charybdis, even his stints with Circe and Calypso are here, made readable for younger eyes. Odysseus’ bravado comes right through the pages here, and we see Hades losing patience with him. What’s even better, is that we get a glimpse of Hades’ home life, especially the relationship between Hades and his beloved, 3-headed dog, Cerberus, who howls whenever his poor master has to leave and check up on Odysseus one more time.
This is an action-adventure, packed with Greek mythology and humor. Kids who like Percy Jackson should pick the Myth-O-Mania series up, for sure. You don’t even need to start at the beginning – the beauty of this series is that each is a stand-alone adventure. These books are great to enhance any unit on myths and heroes. Ms. McMullan’s webpage offers some information about her books – including the Myth-O-Mania books – and links to social media.