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Gods and Heroes

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THIS.IS.SO.COOL! I wasn't caught in the Rick Riordan wave of mythology teenage fans and I kind of feel I missed out on it. Gods and Heroes was a great way to catch up not only on greek mythology but great names from other cultures.

It was very well organized and really interesting to read a few pages every other day and go back to it when I see references of gods in TV series and other books. It's a great book to have on your personal collection!
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Ever since the introduction of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, mythology has been a guaranteed win with young readers. And not just mythology based novels. Such novels have opened up interest in anthologies like this one. Generally, anthologies focus on the myths of a single culture, usually Greek or Roman. Briggs has compiled myths from a wide variety of cultures. This book contains both the familiar, like Athena, and some readers will never have heard of, like Inanna of Sumeria or Sedna of Inuit culture. Each god or hero gets just a few pages, a few stories that typify their mythology. The stories are easy to understand. It's easy to lose hours just leafing through stories. Adding to the appeal are Briggs' dynamic, full color illustrations. His gods have a lot of character. I can't wait to share this book with the young readers in my life. Although they may have a hard time getting it away from me.
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While my reviewing talents are kind of scuppered by only 60% of the pages of my netgalley file actually presenting any text or illustration, I can tell this is a book worth considering.  It's wide-raging, from Baldur to Baal to Brahma, and doesn't side overly with any one mythology.  The only hiccup I would say is that the illustrative style is so cartoonish it would suit the six year old, and some of the text (or some I actually got to see) is for those about eleven.  But for a primer on the world's mythologies, this is more than a primer – it covers some secondary detail as well.  And that may just well swing it for you.  Well worth a look.
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A pretty cool book for kids. I even enjoyed it myself and I'm a rather large kid. I love mythology and this is basically a really neat, well-illustrated encyclopedia of various gods and goddesses. Nice cartoon illustrations, very educational, and very entertaining as well. Thumbs up!
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I really loved it and loved all the humorous little cartoons. Mythology has always been an interest of mine and although I had some refreshers on some, it was great learning a ton of others, some I have never heard of before.
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I love learning more about mythology and this book included both some of the most well-known deities from western mythology as well as some gods and goddesses that rarely get mentioned in general mythology overviews.

I loved the illustrations and the writing style was easy to follow and really entertaining. There was some repetition when it came to married deities from the same pantheon because there most famous stories are obviously interconnected, but that's only really noticeable if you read the whole book in one go.

Overall, this is an entertaining introduction to a variety of pantheons.
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This concise who's who of heroes and legends was very enjoyable. 
It's amazing how much information on the different gods and heroes the author managed to put in each few pages, and still make it an engaging read. 
A nice, multicultural starting point for anybody who is interested in mythology,.
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An educational book about Gods, Godesses, Heros, and Creatures. The author took such a fun approach to learning about tales, and fables from all over the world. I can see this book being popular in school libraries or classrooms, and would be a helpful tool for class projects. The descriptions and stories are short and to the point, and they don't leave the reader bored. The artwork and illustrations are a beautiful added touch, and make the book that  much more enjoyable. 

I have received a much appreciated digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I fell in love with this book. It’s the perfect place to start your journey in knowing about mythology. The simplicity of this book along with the beautiful illustrations is what makes it so special for me.
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With all the mythology books going around these days I often find myself reading the same myths over and over and over again, but this book actually had a ton of in it that I wasn't familiar with at all. It still does a lot of the standard Greek and Norse myth stuff that we're probably all super familiar with, but there's also a ton of stuff from Egyptian, Indian, Asian, South American, and ancient Mesopotamian mythologies so it definitely had a lot of variety. I really loved all the illustrations and liked that the book managed to keep a fun feel while also not skimming over the horrible things a lot of the gods [ok let's be real, mostly the Greek gods] did. I would have maybe preferred the book to be organized by region instead of alphabetically but overall a very fun and informative book that included a lot of gods and goddesses you might not have heard a lot about before!
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Gods and Heroes by Korwin Briggs

I have always been interested in myths and legends. This book did not disappoint me. I found it to be very accurate with other books I have read. The illustrations are very colorful and vivid. I like how the book is laid out alphabetically from Amaterasu The Radiant Sun Goddess to Zeus The God of Kings. Each beginning page has a color which can go back to a map and show where the legend is from. It also has a design which will tell the culture. As the story begins you will find a icon of if they were a God (lightening), Hero (helmet) or Creature (monster). In addition it has Tradition (where myth came from), Home (exact location) and Alias (listing other names and cultures. Though I would not recommend this book for anyone under 13 due to the violence and cruelty. This is a great book for anyone who is a fan of myths and legends and would do great for a school report. I like the detail in this book as it is through but not enough to lose interest.
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Certainly the front runner for mythological information that doesn’t just focus on Greek culture. It’s beautiful illustrations come coded with banners to identify where in the world the character comes from. It would make the perfect Christmas present.
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GODS AND HEROES is my go-to book now on all things mythology, which I’ll admit to being wobbly on. I learned about 70+ characters from 23 cultures around the world, in this A-to-Z encyclopedic mythology compendium. Highly recommended for young readers and adults who need a mythology knowledge tune-up ... or like me, a complete overhaul! 5/5

Pub Date 21 Aug 2018

Thanks to Workman Publishing Company and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.

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A long long time ago, people believed in deities and heroes very different from what people worship nowadays. Every culture has its stories, its heroes and its Gods. Follow along as Korwin Briggs introduces us to some of those figures. 

From Irish gods to Greek heroes, the variety is impressing. Accompanied by banners that show you the myths' origins, this is a pleasant, exciting book filled with stories from around the world!

The book is informative in a simple and comprehensive way that is a certain fit for children of all ages. Followed by charming and humorous illustrations, the stories are short enough to grasp attention, but at the same time long enough to introduce the child to some amazing myths.

This is a strongly recommended read-along for parents and children, but also recommended for adults, who can learn a lot with this wonderful book!
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Cute children's book for children about Greek gods and heroes! It was longer than I expected and my kids found it to be very interesting.
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