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Mythologica Review

Mythologica Review

Title: Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals from Ancient Greece
Author: Stephen P. Kershaw, (Illustrations: Victoria Topping)
Pages: 112
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Rating: ★★★★
Blurb:

An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping color from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from Classics scholar and Greek mythology expert Dr. Stephen Kershaw.

Uncover the colorful lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals, and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece. From the fearless Athena and her meddlesome ways to the brave and bold Odysseus and his remarkable journey home, discover why these incredible stories are still a part of our culture today.

Listed alphabetically, each boldly designed spread presents a figure from the myths, including their name in Greek, their defining attributes, and a summary of their story, along with multiple sidelights that provide additional facts. Interspersed with the profiles are summaries of famous mythological tales and historical events, like the Odyssey, the Trojan War, and the story of the Argonauts.

An electrifying visual portrayal of each figure transports you directly into their wild world. Victoria Topping’s artwork is a fusion of technological and traditional techniques that combines photography, painting, and cut-paper collage to perfectly express the blending of human and fantastic traits from which mythical beings are made.

The thrilling images and digestible text provide the perfect introduction to the lively world of Greek mythology. Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the epic, heroic, and sometimes terrible lives of mortals, monsters, and gods.

Review:

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Wide Eyed Editions for gifting me this copy of Mythologica! When I attended a rep night I was immediately attracted to another book about Greek myths but once the rep started talking about Mythologica I completely zeroed in on it. First because, of course, the cover! And second, because, duh, myths!

Now, I did have some problems with the way the myths were told. The myths were sometimes inaccurate, which completely drove me nuts- don’t mess with my myths! Also, this book is recommended for kids as young as 8. I do not recommend that if you have a young 8 year old. There are some details that most young kids would not understand or some parents would feel uncomfortable explaining to their younger children. 12 year olds will be totally fine with the whole cheating, sex, murder thing.

However, I absolutely loved the illustrations! They are spectacular! They are so beautiful, this book is worth buying just for them! I was so entranced by them. Really, Victoria’s takes on the gods and goddess is just ah-mazing! The colors alone are dazzling!

I obviously love the pictures more than the words but, truly, read this book. It’s fun and beautiful and great for older kids!

If you’re interested in the magnificent art work of Victoria Topping head over to her website, https://www.victoriatopping.com , where you can find prints from this book! And of course, her other works as well.

-Happy Reading!

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