Zeus the Mighty: The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur (Book 2)
by Crispin Boyer
4 out of 5 stars
Zeus is a hamster who rules over the Olympian gods, who are pets in an animal shop. Demeter, a little cricket, assists Zeus as he investigates the maze below the Olympian shop. Athena, the cat, and Ares, the dog, prowl around to find clues about how to defeat the blazing minotaur whose heat is making the entirety of Olympus swelter and sweat. But it is Poseidon, the ruler of the underwater kingdoms of fish tanks, who takes charge just when the Olympians are ready to give up.
I loved this second book in the series! It’s such a funny and imaginative story. I loved the parallels to old Greek myths and adventures. This time Zeus goes on a quest to find a spear that will help him defeat the Minotaur just as Theseus did in Ancient Greece.
The characters are hilarious and adorable! It’s so fun to see how they interpret normal pet shop things to some wild quest or magical object from ancient legends. Zeus has a retractable tape measure that he uses as a magical shield. Athena uses a robot vacuum as the famous ocean ship, the Argo, to get around the vast seas of flooring around the shop. It’s really silly and interesting!
The plot has some great twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing, and a little bit of character development for our intrepid crew as they learn to get along and trust each other.
I loved the cute illustrations, and how it plunges the reader right into the action of the story. You can really connect with the characters when you see them drawn and can visualize just what they look like and what they are doing. I love the cartoony art style!
I think it’s really cool that this book introduces young readers to some classic Greek myths in a silly way.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.