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 Apollo : the brilliant one
 Author: O'Connor, George

 Publisher:  First Second
 Pub Year: 2016

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 77 p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 685472 ISBN: 9781626720169
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Apollo -- (Deity)
 Greek Gods
 Greek mythology

Price: $15.61

Mighty Apollo is known by all as the god of the sun, but there's more to this Olympian than a bright smile and a shining chariot.


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 179378

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/15)
   School Library Journal (01/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 4 Up—Narrated by the nine Mousai, or muses, who were worshipped alongside the brilliant son of Zeus, the eighth entry in O'Connor's masterful graphic novel series continues in the tradition of his previous "Olympians" tales. Starting off with Hera's pursuit of Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis, and Zeus's lover, the muses relate different myths, each fleshing out a different aspect of the god of light's personality and legend. From his many charms and character flaws to his often failed romances, Apollo is presented as the most human of the Greek gods. Telling his story through the muses' perspectives is a successful device that O'Connor employs—each of them share a story that is in tune with their area of expertise. For example, Erato, the muse of mimicry and love poetry, recites a poem about Hyacinth, the prince of Sparta, who was caught in a love triangle with Apollo and Zephyros. Within this tale, some of the panels feature her miming some of the particulars. It is details like these, plus the creator's in-depth research, matter-of-fact and humorous tone, and expressive and dynamic art that continue to make each entry in this series a must-have. The variation of panels and the alternating dark and light-infused color palette add to the work's overall pacing and appeal. VERDICT A shining example of a graphic novel that educates and entertains.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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