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. Volume XXIII Number . . . .February 17, 2017
Unlike Hard as Nails-Wars and Battles, the earlier book in the “Hard as Nails in History” series I reviewed, Hard as Nails in Myths and Legends is a book filled with characters children will recognize, including Heracles, Anansi, Thor, Robin Hood, and monsters from Greek mythology, such as the Cyclops. Each character is depicted as a cartoon character and rated on a scale of one to ten on various personality traits (i.e. courage, ruthlessness). Some of the drawings show monsters with sharp teeth and people holding weapons, but the drawings are not scary. They are slightly silly, and this matches the tone of the narration because the writing is humourous at times. Each section is two pages in length, and the biography of the person or monster reads like a dramatic story. “To slow down her father, who was in hot pursuit, she killed her little brother and dropped pieces of him over the side of the ship, so that her father would stop to pick up his body.” Men and women are shown, and the myths are global. There is Clever Coyote from Native American myths, Thugine (a rainbow serpent) from Australia, and Hua Mulan, a Chinese warrior. The back of this book doesn’t include a quiz like Hard as Nails in Wars and Battles did, but it does have a glossary, an index, and a small bibliography of books and websites. Near the beginning of the book, there is an activity children can do. They can look up the animal they were born under in Chinese years and read about their personality according to the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. I would suggest this book to readers who like the Rick Riordan series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”, “Heroes of Olympus”, or the “Kane Chronicles”.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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