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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Clever novelization of the various Hermes myths.

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Though the tales are ancient, Spinner invents a modern, ironic, somewhat snarky voice for Hermes that fits his mythological character and adds to the enjoyment of his story. On Zeus: "Joking with my father when he's testy is like challenging the Gorgons to a staring contest. Bad idea." On Hades: "a walking bad mood." The Furies: "as gleeful as undetected felons at a public execution."

Parents and teachers will be glad that, unlike so many attempts to modernize and add humor to Greek myths, this one hews very closely to the original stories. Even the humor grows organically out of the tales and existing characters of the gods, not through anachronism or adding a street-slangy patina. The updating comes in the telling, not by altering the myths, making it useful for classes studying ancient Greece.

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