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Mount Olympus Basketball

by Kevin O'Malley

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This graphic novel is appropriate for the grades first through fourth. The book has detailed pictures and slightly long commentary.The Greek gods and mortals verse each other in a basketball game. The main players such as Zeus, Hera, Hercules and Achilles are introduced in the first pages. The story uses some accurate information to describe the Gods and Mortals. For example Poseidon the god of the sea brings in a wave for defense and Odysseus scores a point by hiding in a wooden horse. Some other Greek characters such as Atlas and Cyclops are introduced. Greek history is shown in a comedic way throughout the game. At the end of the book the author shows how students can learn more about Greek history by asking a teacher or by looking up books and web sites.
Uses in classroom:
- After teaching a lesson about the gods and mortals I would read this book to the students for fun.
- As a project I would have students research one Greek god or mortal and create a poster to share with the class. After the presentations I would share this book with the class.
- After reading the graphic novel I would have students make text-to-world connections. How do the characters in the stories relate to the real history? ( )
  Stephanyk | Nov 18, 2011 |
A somewhat odd view of Greek gods and heroes, the author has them playing a basketball game. Funny if you know enough about the gods and heroes to get the humor. It was a fun followup to our studies on Classic Greece. ( )
  MrsLee | Mar 22, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802777287, Paperback)

What happens when the mightiest of mortals take on the greatest of gods in an apocalyptic basketball showdown?

Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and the rest of the Gods' squad have all the powers of the universe at their disposal-which makes for a deadly defense and an unstoppable offense. But those "pesky Mortals" are always causing trouble, and with hunky Hercules at the top of his game and Achilles' heel healing nicely after his surgery, the Mortals manage to stay alive until halftime. Who knows what mythological magic the Gods will have to conjure up to win this Hellenic heart stopper?

Complete with toga-clad announcers and a halftime report on the wonders of ancient Greece, Kevin O'Malley's Mount Olympus Basketball makes learning about ancient Greek myths more exciting than March Madness.

As punishment for acting out in class, Kevin was often sent to the library for a "timeout". Resigned to his fate, he grudgingly started to leaf through a pile of picture books. There were pictures of cute little ponies, cute little puppies, and cute little children with smiling parents beaming behind them. Yuck, yuck, and double yuck! Then, just when he thought he would fall off his chair and die of cuteness, Kevin came upon a picture of a boy in a wolf suit who was threatening to eat his mother. In another picture he was chasing his dog with a fork. This was somebody Kevin could relate to. He kept reading as the boy cavorted through the forest with big hairy monsters. Kevin loved it! The book was, of course, Where the Wild Things Are. From then on, Kevin wanted to illustrate children's books. Not cute children's books, but books for kids like him.

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Zeus, Hera, Athene, Poseidon, and Hades pull some dirty tricks as they face off against Hercules, Jason, Odysseus, Achilles, and Theseus in this gods versus mortals basketball game in ancient Greece.

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