Odd Gods (Hardcover)
HarperCollins, 9780062839534, 224pp.
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Percy Jackson in Odd Gods, the first book in a hilarious illustrated series about the most unlikely, unusual Gods ever to grace the halls of Mount Olympus Middle School.
A Summer 2019 Kids' Indie Next Pick!
Oddonis may be the son of Zeus, but he’s a little bit…odd for a God. He’s so odd, in fact, he’s not sure if he has any powers at all. And if that isn’t enough, his twin brother Adonis is the most popular, most athletic, and most otherworldly handsome God of them all.
Oddonis’s future at Mount Olympus Middle isn’t looking bright, especially when he makes the last-minute decision to run against Adonis to be class president.
With the help of his friends Mathena (Goddess of math and poultry), Germes (God of all things sniffling and snotty), Puneous (the smallest God of them all), and Gaseous (enough said?), Oddonis is determined to win the race, prove that his friends are as good as any Greek God, and maybe, just maybe, find out what his true powers really are.
Read the hilarious new adventures of Oddonis and his friends from debut children’s authors David Slavin and Daniel Weitzman, filled with dozens of black-and-white illustrations by award-winning artist Adam Lane.
About the Author
David Slavin’s stories for children are featured in the book and CD of Marlo Thomas’s Thanks & Giving: All Year Long, and the 35th Anniversary edition of Free to Be…You and Me. He is the co-author of three books of satire: Young Dick Cheney: Great American; ’Twas the Night Before Christmas 21st Century Edition; and Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt. His cultural and political commentary has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, and the Huffington Post, and he was a regular contributor—as both a writer and performer—to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered for over a decade. David has also been a voice-over artist for over 20 years, lending his voice to hundreds of radio and television commercials, numerous audiobooks, and narrations for PBS, National Geographic, the BBC, and The Late Show with David Letterman. He lives in New York City with his wife, two children, sight-challenged dog, and noisy bird.
Adam J.B. Lane was born in London and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied, in the loosest sense of that word, at Harvard University and the California Institute of the Arts. He has labored for the Walt Disney Company, seen his animation appear on MTV, and authored two previous picture books for children, Monsters Party All Night Long and Stop Thief! In his spare time he draws comics for The Boston Globe.
Daniel Weitzman’s children’s stories (Whooosh, Stoneface) have been featured in anthologies and online forums. A middle grade novel, The 27 Unadventures of Oliver Ordinary, lives in the digital universe (trailer available on YouTube). Daniel’s film and TV credits for children’s material include The Pirates of Central Park (Children’s Film Winner, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), Schoolhouse Rock/The Next Generation and Row Your Boat Ashore (Nicholl Fellowships Finalist). Daniel has worked with various entertainment companies, creating film scripts, TV treatments, music video narratives, virtual reality presentations, and numerous digital initiatives. He was a senior producer and writer at AOL and has worked extensively as both creative director and writer at various advertising agencies, where he crafted a number of award-winning ad campaigns. Daniel lives in New York City with his wife, and has co-authored 2 children, whom he frequently turns to for inspiration. They consider him pretty darn odd, and anything but a god.
Praise For Odd Gods…
— Publishers Weekly
“Oddonis and his friends are well developed, engaging, relatable characters who will draw readers into the story with ease. The plot is funny and will resonate well with fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series.”
— School Library Journal
“Readers will end up admiring Oddonis for standing up for underdogs everywhere, but may spare some sympathy for Adonis, too, who turns out to be a comically clumsy oaf pressured into a “win at any cost” mentality by his all-powerful dad. Stay tuned for further mishaps and mythic misadventures.”
“Middle school is never easy, especially when you’re powerless and your brother’s a perfect God… Newly minted fans will hope that future myth-adventures will be just as silly.”
— Kirkus Reviews