Hound of Hades by Lucy Coats
  

Synopsis

Hound of Hades by Lucy Coats

It's official - Demon is stableboy to the creatures of the gods! Demon is sick. He ate too many honey cakes at the party celebrating his new job as beast keeper to the gods. But the animals still need to be cared for and there is a visitor coming to the stables who may or may not be the goddess Hera. The last time he saw Hera she threatened to turn him into a lump of charcoal. It's just not easy being stableboy to a bunch of demanding and petulant deities. But when the visitor arrives it's not Hera but Hades, and with him he has brought some rather dangerous earth dragons who need meat. Where on Olympus can he find meat? If that task wasn't hard enough, next Hades orders Demon to follow him to the underworld, where his pet dog, Cerberus, is feeling poorly...The second in a delightful action-packed four-book series from acclaimed writer Lucy Coats, who uses her original and funny voice to bring to life the gods, goddesses and beasts of the ancient Greek pantheon.

Reviews

A sparky new series ... adventure, friendship and fabulous beasts abound. The Bookseller The rumbustious tone is perfect for reading aloud. David Roberts are vigorously zany and both BEAST KEEPER and HOUND OF HADES are fun for myth-mad kids of seven plus New Statesman A funny, accessible, adventurous introduction to characters and stories from ancient Greece, starring an endearing hero faced with impossible tasks. Booktrust With wonderful black-and-white illustrations by David Roberts, this new series of short adventures is a perfect introduction to Greek mythology and monsters for younger readers. WRD Magazine These novels are absolutely brilliant for children who are interested in mythology. The characters have been beautifully depicted and the humorous descriptions would definitely appeal to a young audience. The pictures are wonderful too and capture the characters, especially the beasts, to absolute perfection. Young readers can learn all about the gods and their mythical beasts while enjoying simple yet exciting plotlines. Think 'Percy Jackson

About the Author

Lucy Coats

Lucy Coats: "My first proper job was as an editor in children’s book publishing, so I know what the world of books is like from both an editor’s and a writer’s perspective. While I was doing that I won a poetry competition, and then I submitted a poem for an anthology which was being commissioned by my boss. I used a pseudonym, and keeping my mouth shut while all the other editors were discussing whether it was any good or not is nearly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. A Woobit Song got chosen on merit, and was the first thing I ever had published.

Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out for my writing career), I became very sick with something called myalgic encephalomyelitis when I returned from working as an editor in America, and I had to give up my publishing job. That was when I really turned to writing as a way of keeping my brain occupied. My first book One Hungry Baby was published in 1992, and I’ve been writing for children ever since. I have been married to Richard-from-Uni since 1989.We now have two teenage kids—a boy and a girl—and also three dogs—two black labradors and a weird and obstinate Dandie Dinmont terrier (a rare British breed which looks like a very small highland cow without horns and on mega-short legs. It has black boot-button eyes under a blonde fringe and sounds like a bass Great Dane when it barks, which it does continuously). We also have a horse and an ancient guinea-pig. We all live in Northamptonshire, surrounded by sheep, more horses, noisy birds and a view of my stone circle that inspires me every single day."

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Format

Paperback
128 pages
Interest Age: From 5

Author

Lucy Coats
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Author's Website

lucycoats.com/about.htm

Publisher

Publication date

1st January 2015

ISBN

9781848124400


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