Get to Work, Hercules!

by Kate McMullan (Author) Denis Zilber (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Myth-O-Mania
You've heard of Hercules, right? Big, strong guy who did tons of amazing, heroic deeds? Well one part of that myth is correct. Hercules was big and strong. But he had an teeny-tiny brain. He couldn't have done any of those heroic deeds if it hadn't been for his friends telling him exactly what to do. Hades sets the record straight on the true story of Hercules.

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Hornbook Guide to Children

Using Hades as an observer and holder of the narrative thread, McMullan has rewritten famous Greek myths in a modern style. Plentiful humorous dialogue, including jokes, puns, and pop-culture references, ups the appeal. The author does take artistic license with the source material, but the core of the myths remains. [Review covers these Myth-O-Mania titles: Get to Work, Hercules! and Nice Shot, Cupid!]

Copyright 2012 Hornbook, LLC Used with permission.

Kate McMullan
Kate McMullan taught elementary school in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. After earning a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, she decided to try her hand at writing. She also writes under the names K.H. McMullan and Katy Hall and has more than fifty children's books to her credit, including her bestselling picture book collaborations with her husband Jim. She lives in New York, New York.

Tao Nyeu is the creator of Wonder Bear, which won the Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators and a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award Honor; and Bunny Days, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and a Golden Kite Award Honor. Tao was born in Ohio and grew up in New York. She earned a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She now lives in Southern California with her children.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2010
Age Range
9 - 13 years

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