August 2011, Young Corgi
104 pages, Paperback & ebook
Children's, 5 years +
Themes: school life, bullying, boys, friendship, an enthusiastic deity, school loos, Greek myth, lots of humour
Summary from Random House Children's Books
Eric, the school bully, is causing trouble for Alex's best friend Charlie. He's been stealing his crisps and flushing his head down the loo. Alex isn't sure that Zeus, the Greek god, is the best person to ask for help but before he can stop him, Charlie has built a temple (from a piece of crumpled paper) to summon Zeus.
The problem is, the hot-headed god has now taken over the boys' loos and wants smite Eric with a thunderbolt. But that's against the school rules, so how exactly will Zeus teach the bully a lesson?
Don't worry....Zeus will sort it out!
I love ancient history, and feel this interpretation of Zeus's power and might matches up with my conceived idea of him. If only all bullies could get taken down several pegs. The illustrations were the icing on the cake, especially with the speech bubbles for each person. My favourites were on page 39 and 49.
As a fantastic read, it gets 10/10
You can find out more about John and his books on his website.
For more hilarious historical fun, check out history from the point of view of a cat, I am Spartapuss by Robin Price