Arachne by J.J. Hart

February 13th, 2015 by

Arachne JJ HartSubmitted by Alison, Age 9 from Arkansas

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is about Arachne its a myth that tells you how she was named Archane and why.

Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians #3) by George O’Connor

February 4th, 2015 by

Hero the Goddess and Her GlorySubmitted by Nancy, Age 13 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is a really good book it helps kids learn about Greek gods and goddess in a fun and exciting way. I read 2 out of 6 there are so good I can’t stop reading them. They are really such good books.

Kidsmomo Podcast #32: “Hit or Myth”

August 30th, 2010 by

Egyptian priestesses, teleporting unicorns, a homebody goddess, and the end of the world as we know it. We’ve got ’em all in our latest podcast, all about mythology-themed books. Plus Hercules as a dumb jock, Karen as a brawny sea god, and Nancy as a magical healer. HUH? Tune in now:

    Download the MP3 (8.9 MB)

  • From Egypt to Greece to the skies — aka our mystery book revealed, and our mythical doubles
  • Spooky Mayan forces and colorful Greek adventures — aka our book picks (Middleworld and Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders)
  • Pegasus vs. unicorn

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is “the new kid”! So send us a review of your favorite book about a new kid at school or in town new kid, and check out our picks for books about “the new kid.”

— Karen and Nancy

The Most Un-Scary Mythological Creature, Ever.

August 29th, 2010 by

Since we’ve been focused on mythology-themed books for a couple weeks, I’ve had a chance to brush up on my knowledge of mythological monsters and creatures. It interesting how it’s like animal math, basically:

(lion – head) + (eagle – body) = Griffin

(lion – head) + (human – body) + (scorpion – body) = Manticore

(human + horse) – (2 x body) = Centaur

Think of all the zany combinations possible! I certainly did — and I asked our friend, Zaid, if he would draw a Kidsmomo mythological creature for me. Here was the formula:

[bunny ears + (Karen – legs) + (Nancy – legs)] + (bird – wings) + (zebra – head) + hair dye = ???

And here’s the result:
Kidsmomo Mythological Creature by Zaid
But before I saw that drawing, I tried it for myself:
Kidsmomo Mythological Creature by Nancy

Whoa! So besides the obvious fact that Zaid’s, oh, just a tad more advanced in his artistic skills than I am, there’s another BIG difference between our renderings: I drew one zebra body, but Zaid drew two. That kind of demonstrates why over the years, people have had slightly different definitions of mythological creatures — I guess over time, descriptions can get lost in translation.

I also noticed that Zaid’s drawing makes us look really intellectual, like we’re just coming from Chiron’s class in Percy Jackson land. In my drawing, we just kind of look like doofuses.

Let us know in the comments — how would you add, subtract, multiply and divide your favorite animals into your own mythological monster?

— Nancy

Although Nancy is more or less pleased with her drawing, in the long run, having two separate bodies is better — it would be is unhealthy spending that much time with Karen.

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Book Trailer: The Egypt Game

August 24th, 2010 by

This book trailer for The Egypt Game was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Mythology theme. For more on The Egypt Game, check out our “Hit or Myth” podcast.

If you’ve ever created your avatar in a virtual world or played a MMORG, then you know how much fun it can be to play a character in a different world. But what if you could do it in real life?

Take a bunch of creative kids and a love for Egyptian mythology, and you’ve got the imagination game in The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

Some Book Trailers Make Nancy Jealous

August 19th, 2010 by

Have you heard of a not-so-little feature on our site called the Mystery Book Theater? Hopefully, yes. Because we make a couple of them a month.

Well, Karen recently showed me to some book trailers made by kids — and whoa, they’re really good! I’m totes jealous*… especially since I’ve been slaving away, drawing all of these Mystery Book Theaters for every Kidsmomo theme!

Check out these book trailers:

Crash by Jerry Spinelli book trailer by Sean L.
All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg book trailer by MP.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo book trailer by MS.

Amazing, huh? Inspired by these book trailers, I think Kidsmomo will be taking a stab at this video style! First up: our upcoming Mystery Book Theater for mythology-inspired books. So make sure to check back next Tuesday for our super-duper-fancy-schmancy awesome book trailer.

— Nancy

Nancy seems to be complaining about illustrating MBTs in this post, but where else does she get the glorious opportunity to draw someone drowning in puke?

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*I don’t usually say the phrase “totes jealous.” Forgive me. It just exited my brain, spilled out onto the keyboard, entered this blog post, and now there’s no turning back.

Oh My Gods: Marvelous Mythology Books

August 17th, 2010 by

With the super success of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, references to Greek mythology seem to be everywhere nowadays. But the ancient Greeks weren’t the only ones with totally epic legends — the Egyptians had their own gods and curses, the English has knights and holy quests, the Welsh had a Death-Lord and a Spiral Castle, and the Norse had frost-giants (yeah, you heard me).

And we’ve got them all — in our booklist! So here are some uber epic books related to mythology from around the world (in no particular order):

  1. Middleworld by Jon and Pamela Voelkel (Karen’s pick) — Mayan mythology
  2. Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders by Mike Townsend (Nancy’s pick) — Greek mythology
  3. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander — Welsh mythology
  4. Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan — Egyptian mythology
  5. Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu — Greek mythology
  6. Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy — Greek mythology
  7. Favorite Norse Myths by Mary Pope Osborne —Norse mythology
  8. Olympians graphic novel series by George O’Connor — Greek mythology
  9. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths — Greek mythology
  10. Graphic Myths and Legends series by various authors — mythology from cultures around the world, including the Korean myth Pigling: A Cinderella Story and Sunjata : Warrior King of Mali
  11. Young Heroes series by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris — Greek mythology
  12. Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight by Katherine Paterson — English mythology
  13. It’s All Greek to Me (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka — Greek mythology
  14. Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams — Greek mythology
  15. Theodosia Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers —Egyptian mythology

(And here’s a printable version of our mythology booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore, or just to frame and hang on your wall.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book related to mythology. We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!

UPDATE 8/31/10: We revealed the answer to our Mythology Mystery Book Theater in the “Hit or Myth” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy sing the theme song to The Twlight Zone. Yeah, things get creepy…