My Monster Notebook

John Harris, illus. by Mark Todd. Getty, $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-60606-050-6
Greek and Roman mythology can be pretty funny, as evidenced by this "found" composition notebook, allegedly created by a student studying ancient myths. Each scrapbook-style spread focuses on a different mythological creature, integrating photographs and raucous drawings that look as though they were drawn by a bored (but creative) middle schooler. Excerpts from a faux-vintage book on myths offer snarky profiles of such figures as Lamia ("a very beautiful woman who happened to be a horrible serpent below her waist"), Proteus, Circe, and Hecate (who has the heads of a dog, snake, and horse, and wears superhero boots and a cheerleader-style miniskirt). It's an irreverent, highly entertaining addition to the pantheon. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/21/2011
Release date: 03/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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