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An absolutely terrible series book and certainly not appropriate for a pre-teen. Our daughter is getting into Greek mythology and was planning on being Aphrodite for Halloween. We thought this would be a great segue for her to understand the (historical/ mythical) character in a fiction setting. Instead, it’s absolute trite, about a bunch of catty girls drooling over guys with abs (!) and talking about hair styles. WTH? What has this got to do with Greek Mythology? Why even use the premise?. Call it something else all together. This is like a movie reboot that simply uses the title of the original to sell movie tickets, yet has zero to do with the original’s story line or concept. You get the picture! Check it out!
About the Author Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at JoanHolub.com.Suzanne Williams is the author of over fifty books for children, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, and the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives outside Seattle, Washington, and is online at Suzanne-Williams.com. Together, Joan and Suzanne write the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series.
Goddess Girls Books #1-4 (Charm Bracelet Inside!): Athena the Brain; Persephone the Phony; Aphrodite the Beauty; Artemis the Brave Paperback – October 30, 2012 by Joan Holub (Author) Review
Piece of garbage. I bought these books hoping my daughter would build up on her knowledge of Greek mythology and get to admire the power of godesses in different cultures of the world. Turns out these books are just another My Little Pony or Mean Girls type of series set in a fake version of Greece that looks a lot like Miami or LA where the "godess" girls mainly do the following — go to malls. Yes, some make believe malls in Olympia- go shopping to buy dresses and make up,- talk about how to look pretty- have crushes on godboys- crave for the attention of godboys- gossip, mainly about godboys- have parties- debate about whether all maidens should get married or not- do a whole lot of really ridiculous sorority sister stuff. This is not what I had in mind when I bought these books. It seems like the authors are attempting to teach mythology in a really really dumbed down way. What could have been an opportunity to create great characters and inspiring stories has been completely wasted. The godess girls are worse than the Disney princesses. Stay away from them!Read "The Princess in Black" instead -Read Reviews-
I bought this set for my third grader granddaughter and she loved it so much that I bought additional titles in the series, too. The only way this series might be better – is to include how to pronounce the names of the Greek gods and goddesses. We do the best we can on that front but the stories themselves need NO improvement. I’m sure I’ll be buying additional titles as they are released in the future. By the time she gets to a higher school grade, she’ll know plenty about these Greek myth characters – a real plus. She loved the charm bracelet, too !
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