Book Review: Zeus the Mighty

Zeus the Mighty by Crispin Boyer
Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas
by Crispin Boyer

4 out of 5 stars

Zeus is a hamster who rules the kingdom of the pet store along with the other Olympian gods, Athena the cat, Demeter the cricket, Ares the dog, and Poseidon the puffer fish. These animals have mystic powers and find artifacts that help them in their adventures. When Poseidon questions Zeus’ ability to rule, Zeus goes on a quest to find the Golden Fleas (Fleece) to prove that he is worthy to be king of the gods.

I loved this funny book! The animals all have vivid personalities, and I loved their hilarious dialogue. It’s so clever how Greek mythology is woven into the pet store setting.
My favorite thing was seeing how the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece is reimagined with all the major plot points like Charybdis, Phineas the soothsayer, the harpies, a dragon who guards the fleece, and even the Oracle of Delphi. Locations around the pet store correspond to locations in ancient Greece, like Mount Olympus, the island of Crete, and the Aegean Sea. It’s so imaginative!

The illustrations are adorable, and I loved the cartoony style. It really brings the characters to life with their silly expressions and funny antics.

I would recommend this book for children ages 8-12 who “don’t like to read.” It’s sure to capture their attention, and help them to discover a love for reading!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Media Masters Publicity in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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