Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440238454, 229pp.
Publication Date: December 12, 2006
Stephanie Spinner brings the famous messenger and the best-known gods and mortals of mythology to life with high action and spare, powerful prose.
From the Hardcover edition.
“A sparkling and witty book . . . Seldom in any genre, let alone among books for children, does one come across such a splendid opening line as: ‘It’s dark and gloomy, and it smells like dead sheep, but when Zeus says go to Hell, I go.’ So begins the tale of Hermes, fleet-footed messenger of the Olympian gods, who . . . explains his decisive role in some of the best-known Greek myths.” –The Wall Street Journal
“Hermes is a wonderfully engaging narrator. . . . It’s good to be a god.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“A narrative filled with thrilling action . . . drawn straight from the original stories. Teens will connect with Hermes’ immediate, often very funny voice…a rich, accessible entrée into classical mythology.” –Booklist
“Hermes, the winged messenger of the gods, narrates a compelling and amusing account of his experiences with some of the most well-known characters in Greek mythology. . . . Teens who love mythology will be thrilled with Spinner’s deft and witty retelling of Greek legends.” –VOYA
“Smart-aleck irony mixed with charm makes the god’s account a memorable, entertaining avenue into Greek mythology.” –Horn Book
“The hip but not hypertrendy tone of the narration as well as the bite-sized stories afforded by the episodic structure will entice junior-high and high-school aged readers to try Hermes’ winged sandals on for size.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books