Young Zeus

Young Zeus

by G. Brian Karas


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From acclaimed illustrator and author G. Brian Karas comes a witty tale about navigating family and finding one's voice-based on Greek mythology!

This is the story of how young Zeus, with a little help from six monsters, five Greek gods, an enchanted she-goat, and his mother, became god of gods, master of lightning and thunder, and ruler over all. in doing so, he learned a lot about family. Who knew that having relatives could be so complicated, even for a god?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439728065
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 517,189
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

G. Brian Karas is the prolific and versatile illustrator and writer of many children's books including Atlantic and Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley, both ALA Notable Books and Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor title. The New York Times describes his work as "...depicted in a childlike style that belies the sophistication of the drawings. Exquisite and moving in its subtlety." He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his family. Visit him a

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Young Zeus 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book to introduce greek mythology to children. Tells about the story of Zeus in a kid friendly way.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice picture book introduction to a mythological character. Pictures are sometimes a little scary for very young audience.
Eclouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book goes through Zeus's childhood, who his parents were his brothers and sisters and how he became "king of the gods". This is a good book to use with younger students being introduced to mythology.
lhamed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an interesting way to introduce Greek mythology to young children. This story is about the Greek God Zeus, but in a kid friendly way.
mbackes10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great for young readers who are being introduced to mythology. The illustrations along with the myth go hand in hand.
BNBHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gais, Zeus's mother, gave Zeus to Amalthea, the enchanted she-goat on Crete Island. This would keep Zeus safe from his father, Cronus which ate the rest of Zeus's brothers and sisters. Once Zeus learned this information about his brothers and sisters from Amaltheia, Zeus decided to go save his brothers and sisters so he could have other gods and goddesses to play with. Zeus set off to find his father and when he found him fast asleep, he poured the portion down his fathers throat and set his brothers and sisters free. The other Titans came to attack Zeus and his brothers and sisters. Zeus went a freed the Cyclopes and the Hundred-Handers from the underworld to help in the defeat agains the Titans and Zeus's father. Zeus and his brothers and sisters were free now and safe but continued arguing over who was going to be in charge when Zeus decided he was going to be the one in charge. Zeus's mother agreed and Zeus finally got to play with his brothers and sisters as well as being the ruler of heaven and earth.
kdangleis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas is a brilliant way to expose young children to the exciting world of mythology. A young Zeus is featured in this tale, along with one-eyed Cyclopes, giants, Hundred-Handers with 50 heads, a dragon, a talking goat and a war of the Greek gods! The cartoon-like illustrations of the characters outfitted with the typical clothing the young Greek gods are wearing, along with the oversized caricatures of the antagonistic monsters exposes children to the childhood Zeus must have experienced. To protect her son from his evil father, Zeus¿ mom leaves him on the island of Crete with Amaltheia, the enchanted she-goat. The evil Cronus has eaten all of Zeus¿ siblings and was given a rock wrapped in a blanket, the disguise for Zeus, to eat. Zeus eventually finds out from his mother, who has watched him from afar, where all his family is and why she left him on the island. She arms her son with a vial and a plan to free his siblings and do away with his father. This adventure plays out and Zeus is successful, but stirs up some sibling rivalry in the process. As a result, Zeus becomes the ruler of heaven and earth and divides the responsibilities up between his siblings. ¿And thus began fun and order on Mount Olypmus.¿ The book features a ¿Cast of Characters¿ page which gives an illustration and written description of all characters, as well as the correct pronunciation of their names, so readers can become familiar with the information prior to reading the story. This book is unique in that there are not many children's books out there that deal with mythology and so much fun could be had with this topic.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zeus was saved from being eaten by his evil father, Cronus, when his mother, Rhea, gave him a rock to swallow. Zeus' mother gave him to a sheep to care for him so that he wouldn't be found. After hearing story after story from Amaltheia, the sheep, Zeus became very frustrated and wanted to meet and play with his brothers and sisters. He ripped off a mountain top and that is when his birth mother decided it was time to talk to him. They devised a plan to release his brothers and sisters from his evil father's belly and Zeus became ruler of the heavens. I did not know the history of Zeus and how he came to be before reading the book. I think it would be a great book to use when introducing mythology to young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago