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Amanda Brack , Monica Sweeney , Becky Thomas

Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America

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Title of the work

Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

United States

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2014

First Edition Details

Amanda Brack, Monica Sweeney, Becky Thomas, Brick Greek Myths: the stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and other ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus. Skyhorse publishing, New York, 2014, 272 pp.

ISBN

9781629145228 (paperback) / 978-1-62914-889-2 (e book)

Genre

Comics (Graphic works)
Illustrated works
Myths

Target Audience

Children (Young children)

Cover

Courtesy of Skyhorse publishing.


Author of the Entry:

Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, lisa.maurice@biu.ac.il

Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

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Amanda Brack (Illustrator)

From the book Brick Greek Myths: the stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and other ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

Amanda is a freelance illustrator. “She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is currently living near Boston, Massachusetts.” (2144-6)


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Female portrait

Monica Sweeney

From the book Brick Greek Myths: the stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and other ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus:

Monica “is writing partners with Becky Thomas” (2147)


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Female portrait

Becky Thomas

From the book Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus:

Becky “is writing partners with Monica Sweeney” (2147).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Summary

This is a retelling of many mythological stories using the creative imagination of the authors, using Lego© bricks. The myths are especially adapted for children. The myths presented in this book are:

Creation and the Birth of Zeus Prometheus’s Fire and Pandora’s Box Phaethon and the Chariot of the Sun Hades, Persephone, and the Story of the Seasons Eurydice and Orpheus Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens, Arachne’s Web Perseus’s Quest Perseus and Medusa Perseus and Atlas Perseus and Andromeda Perseus and the Prophecy Artemis and Apollo Artemis and Orion Artemis and Actaeon Atalanta Daedalus and Icarus The Minotaur, Tantalus Sisyphus Marathon Narcissus Heracles: The Birth of the Divine Hero Heracles and Eurystheus The Twelve Labors of Heracles Heracles and Admetus Heracles and Eurytus Heracles and Omphale, Heracles and Deianira Heracles and Nessus, Heracles, Iole, and Deianira Jason and the Golden Fleece. The myths are abbreviated and instead of the usual illustrations we usually find in this kind of retelling of myths, we have photographs of specific scenes which are depicted by the use of the Lego© characters.

Analysis

The authors see this book as their edition to a long tradition of retelling of classical myths. They give a short introduction at the beginning in which they specify how there are many variations on the classical myths, and their work contributes to this variety. There is no explanation regarding the selected myths chosen for the book. The use of the Lego© characters instead of illustrations to depict certain elements form the stories is a nice touch and perhaps even influence kids to re-enact the myths using their own Lego© bricks.

The only odd episode is about Marathon; a historical event sandwiched within all the mythological stories. This could cause a bit of confusion since Marathon was not a myth but an historical event.


Addenda

This entry refers to the Kindle edition.


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Title of the work

Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

Country of the First Edition

Country/countries of popularity

United States

Original Language

English

First Edition Date

2014

First Edition Details

Amanda Brack, Monica Sweeney, Becky Thomas, Brick Greek Myths: the stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and other ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus. Skyhorse publishing, New York, 2014, 272 pp.

ISBN

9781629145228 (paperback) / 978-1-62914-889-2 (e book)

Genre

Comics (Graphic works)
Illustrated works
Myths

Target Audience

Children (Young children)

Cover

Courtesy of Skyhorse publishing.


Author of the Entry:

Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com

Peer-reviewer of the Entry:

Lisa Maurice, Bar Ilan University, lisa.maurice@biu.ac.il

Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, elzbieta.olechowska@gmail.com

Female portrait

Amanda Brack (Illustrator)

From the book Brick Greek Myths: the stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and other ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

Amanda is a freelance illustrator. “She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is currently living near Boston, Massachusetts.” (2144-6)


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Female portrait

Monica Sweeney

From the book Brick Greek Myths: the stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and other ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus:

Monica “is writing partners with Becky Thomas” (2147)


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Female portrait

Becky Thomas

From the book Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus:

Becky “is writing partners with Monica Sweeney” (2147).


Bio prepared by Ayelet Peer, Bar Ilan University, ayelet.peer@gmail.com


Summary

This is a retelling of many mythological stories using the creative imagination of the authors, using Lego© bricks. The myths are especially adapted for children. The myths presented in this book are:

Creation and the Birth of Zeus Prometheus’s Fire and Pandora’s Box Phaethon and the Chariot of the Sun Hades, Persephone, and the Story of the Seasons Eurydice and Orpheus Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens, Arachne’s Web Perseus’s Quest Perseus and Medusa Perseus and Atlas Perseus and Andromeda Perseus and the Prophecy Artemis and Apollo Artemis and Orion Artemis and Actaeon Atalanta Daedalus and Icarus The Minotaur, Tantalus Sisyphus Marathon Narcissus Heracles: The Birth of the Divine Hero Heracles and Eurystheus The Twelve Labors of Heracles Heracles and Admetus Heracles and Eurytus Heracles and Omphale, Heracles and Deianira Heracles and Nessus, Heracles, Iole, and Deianira Jason and the Golden Fleece. The myths are abbreviated and instead of the usual illustrations we usually find in this kind of retelling of myths, we have photographs of specific scenes which are depicted by the use of the Lego© characters.

Analysis

The authors see this book as their edition to a long tradition of retelling of classical myths. They give a short introduction at the beginning in which they specify how there are many variations on the classical myths, and their work contributes to this variety. There is no explanation regarding the selected myths chosen for the book. The use of the Lego© characters instead of illustrations to depict certain elements form the stories is a nice touch and perhaps even influence kids to re-enact the myths using their own Lego© bricks.

The only odd episode is about Marathon; a historical event sandwiched within all the mythological stories. This could cause a bit of confusion since Marathon was not a myth but an historical event.


Addenda

This entry refers to the Kindle edition.


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