Monday, November 4, 2013

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub

This light book introduces the reader to Zeus as a boy, unsure of who he is and why he keeps getting struck by lightning.  After he pulls a thunderbolt from a stone the Titans are concerned about Zeus' powers but Zeus himself doesn't understand why the thunderbolt won't stop following him.  He finally finds some ways to tame the bolt treating it more like a pet than the destructive force it will eventually become.  By the end of the book he has found some of the other Olympians and it appears they will soon be working together.  I thought this would be a fun, light read but it is very young - intended for elementary students rather than middle school.  Although it is fine, I tend to be a bit snobby about mythology and don't like big deviations in the stories.