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About the Author

Author Joan Holub graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree. She illustrated her first published children's book in 1992 and began illustrating full time, shortly thereafter. She sold her first two manuscripts in 1996 and has since become a full time author. She has written and/or show more illustrated over 130 children's books, including the Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training Series. Her title Mighty Dads, illustrated by James Dean, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Joan Holub

My First Book of Sign Language (1996) 1,077 copies
Who Was Marco Polo? (2007) 840 copies
Who Was Babe Ruth? (2012) 752 copies
Athena the Brain (2010) 738 copies
Little Red Writing (2013) 721 copies
What Was the Gold Rush? (2013) 655 copies
Who Was Johnny Appleseed? (2005) 572 copies
Shampoodle (2009) 468 copies
Aphrodite the Beauty (2010) 467 copies
Persephone the Phony (2010) 458 copies
Apple Countdown (2009) 419 copies
Groundhog Weather School (2009) 412 copies
Artemis the Brave (2010) 400 copies
Pumpkin Countdown (2012) 371 copies
Athena the Wise (2011) 329 copies
Smart About the Fifty States (2003) 301 copies
Why Do Dogs Bark? (2001) 270 copies
Who Was Jim Henson? (2010) 258 copies
Artemis the Loyal (2011) 243 copies
Where Is Walt Disney World? (2018) 240 copies
Aphrodite the Diva (2011) 239 copies
Mighty Dads (2014) 238 copies
Medusa the Mean (2012) 233 copies
Cinderella Stays Late (2014) 227 copies
Why Do Cats Meow? (2001) 222 copies
Picnic!: A Day in the Park (2008) 221 copies
More Snacks!: A Thanksgiving Play (2006) — Author — 211 copies
Red Riding Hood Gets Lost (2014) 211 copies
The Garden that We Grew (2001) 206 copies
The Pizza That We Made (2001) 167 copies
Pajama Party (1998) 166 copies
The Girl Games (2012) 161 copies
Ballet Stars (2012) 151 copies
Pandora the Curious (2012) 139 copies
Pheme the Gossip (2013) 135 copies
Persephone the Daring (2013) 118 copies
Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (2012) 115 copies
Cassandra the Lucky (2013) 114 copies
Tool School (2017) 100 copies
What Was Woodstock? (2016) 98 copies
Scat, Cats! (2001) 88 copies
Athena the Proud (2014) 77 copies
Itty Bitty Kitty (2015) 74 copies
Dig, Scoop, Ka-boom! (2013) 74 copies
Medusa the Rich (2015) 64 copies
Aphrodite the Fair (2014) 64 copies
Iris the Colorful (2014) 59 copies
Hestia the Invisible (2015) 58 copies
Freya and the Magic Jewel (2018) 52 copies
Abby Cadabra, Super Speller (2000) 52 copies
Calliope the Muse (2016) 51 copies
Echo the Copycat (2016) 50 copies
Space Dogs on Planet K-9 (1998) 49 copies
Riddle-Iculous Math (2003) 48 copies
Amphitrite the Bubbly (2015) 48 copies
Nyx the Mysterious (2017) 40 copies
I Am the Shark (2021) 40 copies
Pen Pals (1997) 39 copies
Pallas the Pal (2016) 39 copies
Knuckleheads (2008) 33 copies
Medea the Enchantress (2017) 32 copies
A Kiss For You! (1800) 32 copies
Jack and the Jellybeanstalk (1857) 31 copies
Who Was Charles Schulz? (2022) 29 copies
Isabel Saves the Prince (2007) 28 copies
Wagons Ho! (2011) — Author — 26 copies
Mighty Moms (2021) 24 copies
Danielle's Dollhouse Wish (2003) 24 copies
Eos the Lighthearted (2018) 22 copies
Bed, Bats, & Beyond (2008) 20 copies
Charlotte's Choice (2004) 19 copies
Clotho the Fate (2019) 19 copies
Twinkle, Star of the Week (2010) 16 copies
Runaway Signs (2020) 16 copies
Persephone the Grateful (2020) 12 copies
Hello Dinosaurs! (2019) 10 copies
What Does Cow Say? (2011) 10 copies
Every Bunny Dance Now (2022) 9 copies
Hecate the Witch (2021) 9 copies
What Can Our New Baby Do? (2004) 8 copies
Turkeys Never Gobble (2002) 8 copies
Artemis the Hero (2022) 7 copies
The Halloween Queen (2004) 7 copies
Marvelous Moms (2006) 6 copies
Happy Easter Eggs (2005) 4 copies
Glorious Grandmas (2006) 1 copy

Associated Works

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution (1987) — Illustrator — 1,981 copies
The 100th Day of School (1995) — Illustrator — 1,704 copies
Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet (2015) — Illustrator, some editions — 354 copies
No Fair (Hello Reader Math) (1997) — Illustrator — 252 copies
My Brother, the Brat (1995) — Illustrator — 181 copies
At-Home Phonics: Go! Go! Go! (1998) — Illustrator — 160 copies
Break-Out at the Bug Lab (Easy-to-Read, Puffin) (2001) — Illustrator — 139 copies
I Love You, Mom (1741) — Illustrator — 126 copies
Big Surprise in the Bug Tank (Easy-to-Read, Dial) (2005) — Illustrator — 123 copies
Shadows Everywhere (1999) — Illustrator — 120 copies
I Love You, Dad (1998) — Illustrator — 93 copies
Deena's Lucky Penny (Math Matters) (1999) — Illustrator — 65 copies
Ten Little Ballerinas (Jewel Sticker Stories) (1996) — Illustrator — 37 copies
Hector's Hiccups (1999) — Illustrator — 35 copies
I'm Not Scared (My First Reader) (1994) — Illustrator — 35 copies
A Boy and His Baseball (The Dave Dravecky Story) (1992) — Illustrator — 29 copies
Hermes and the Horse with Wings (Heroes in Training) (2017) — Series Creator — 25 copies
All About You with Inspector McQ (Wonder Why) (1992) — Illustrator — 24 copies
Dionysus and the Land of Beasts (Heroes in Training) (2017) — Series Creator — 23 copies
A Day in the City (1994) — Illustrator — 22 copies
Zeus and the Dreadful Dragon (Heroes in Training) (2018) — Series Creator — 22 copies
Benji's pup (The Evangeline Nicholas collection) (1997) — Illustrator — 16 copies
Once upon a Time on a Plantation (1988) — Illustrator — 7 copies

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Birthdate
1956
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Seattle, Washington, USA

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First sentence: Grrrreetings! My name is Brown Bear. I am the only bear in this book. [You are not].

This is a nonfiction picture book about BEARS (plural). It isn't your typical nonfiction picture book, however. It is written in a conversational--playful--narrative. The [many] bears of the book are having quite the dialogue--all in speech bubbles. All the information about each bear--what makes them similar or dissimilar to the others--is revealed through conversation. The conversation isn't dry and info-dumpy. Not really. There's plenty to keep it light and flowing--a bit silly.

I liked this one. It does have more text than you might expect based on the cover. I do think this one could easily be mistaken for just another picture book starring bears. It doesn't scream out "I'm nonfiction!" Because it is so text-heavy, I do think it would be a good fit for most elementary grades--especially second and third grade.
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blbooks | 1 other review | Mar 28, 2024 |
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hcs_admin | 6 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
A cute and funny explanation of what different species of bears have in common and ways they are different.
 
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sloth852 | 1 other review | Jan 10, 2024 |
Prelim Review: As a kid who grew up on the tales of gods and heroes of Greece, I wasn't sure what to expect. With the...frustration I felt over Disney's Hercules I was a little reluctant truth be told. However I shouldn't have worried. Holub and Williams kept the spirit of the tales without sacrificing (much) of the tales themselves. Much of who Athena meets and what happens, while twisted so as to fit the junior high setting and tropes, were fun takes on the real myths. How Medusa got her snakey-hair for instance or the invention of olives.

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First I should point out that I was one of those people who went to see Disney's Hercules movie and spent almost the entire movie commenting to my friends that I couldn't believe the liberties they had taken. It was pointed out to me that the actual myth was probably too hardcore for Disney (or children). I am also a fan of the television shows Hercules: the Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, both of which took enormous liberties as well, but stuck to the mythology well enough.

I sincerely wish that the Goddess Girls book series had been around back then. Holub and Williams managed to adapt the myths of Medusa, Athena's birth, parts of the Illiad/Odyssey and even a few others into a sanitized, but entertaining read appropriate for the age group (10 ). The four Goddesses we follow are Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite and Persephone. Pandora is also a character, but as she's not a Goddess she isn't officially part of the mix. We only see a couple of the Gods--Zeus, Hermes and Poseidon--though in later books I'm sure that'll change.

I found it to be interesting that Poseidon, who is Zeus' brother, was instead shown to be significantly younger than Zeus--not quite keeping in line of things, but that's okay. Athena's transfer and adaptation to 'Olympus Junior High' is rocky, but relateable for young girls in a similar situation. Not knowing the school rules, trusting the wrong person with sensitive information, making rivals and enemies simply by being yourself--these are all things kids go through. Just because Athena happened to accidentally rain inventions down on the mortal plane or she showed up Poseidon by having Odysseus totally trounce the Trojans, well that was just fun.
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