ZEUS AND THE THUNDERBOLT OF DOOM
Heroes in Training, #1
by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Craig Phillips
Middle Grade Fantasy (Mythology)
Purchased for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
After pulling a
magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the
adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series!The
terrible Titans—merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans—have
dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is
about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their
powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....
Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he
keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for
adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.
Zeus gets his wish—and a lot more than he bargained for—when he is
kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, Zeus grabs the
first thing he sees—an actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is
covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher
the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his fellow Olympians
from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of
course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime—and a journey to fulfill
his destiny as King of the Gods.
It's refreshing to find a fun fantasy book for the early chapter book crowd. So many fantasies these days are so long and detailed that younger children have a hard time reading them (not that they don't try). This is a fun depiction of Zeus and his siblings before they became the gods and goddesses of Olympus. While I have little liking or respect for the adult gods and goddesses of Olympus, I found myself liking Zeus as a gutsy, determined kid. I also laughed at the presentation of Bolt (Zeus's thunderbolt), he really seemed to have a personality and the rather clumsy and forgetful Oracle, who was somewhat helpful, uh, maybe (giggle). The plot moves along quickly, perfect for young or reluctant readers and the illustrations add a nice touch. I am definitely adding this series to my library collection.