Helping Hercules by Francesca Simon
  

Synopsis

Helping Hercules by Francesca Simon

Here are the Greek myths as you've never heard them before. Susan is whisked back through time to Ancient Greece, and finds that helping Hercules clean the Augean stables is much, much worse than tidying her room. One hair-raising experience follows another as she goes down into the Underworld with Orpheus, just misses being turned to stone by Medusa, and rides on the winged horse Pegasus. This is both a fabulously funny story and a brilliant way to introduce children to eight of the best-known Greek myths. Susan meddles in each of the myths - taking a dim view of the gods and goddesses and heroes she encounters - but gets out in the nick of time, so the myths themselves remain unchanged and will be remembered vividly by their readers. To make it easy, there is even a guide to pronouncing Greek names.

Reviews

'an exciting way into the Greek myths'Simon has a talent for writing stories with real child appeal. Financial Times, 28 June 2003 I have never known much about the Greeks, or their Gods, but this book has enlightened me. The illustrations by Tony Ross bring the text to life as well as Francesca Simon's excellent choice of words'A wonderful book. Evening Press (York), 16 July 2003 If this version of the Greek myths doesn't win over your child, nothing ever will. Telegraph, 2 August 2003 Tony Ross's illustrations are brilliant as ever, and the overall sense of fun may be the catalyst needed to draw children into the glory that was mythical Greece. School Librarian, Autumn 2003 This is told with flamboyant characterisation and the hair-raising tales offer an exciting introduction to the world of Greek mythology. Junior Magazine, 1 December 2003'

About the Author

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in California, and attended both Yale and Oxford Universities, where she specialised in Medieval Studies.

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Author photo © Francesco Guidicini

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
128 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Francesca Simon
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Author's Website

www.francescasimon.com/

Publisher

Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

1st March 2004

ISBN

9781842551530


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