ODD GODS by David Slavin

ODD GODS

From the "Odd Gods" series, volume 1
Age Range: 7 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Middle school is never easy, especially when you’re powerless and your brother’s a perfect God.

Oddonis, son of Zeus and Freya, has never resembled his twin, Adonis. Adonis was born with a six pack and a mane of beautiful, blond hair. Oddonis was born with an “old guy jelly belly.” Elementary school was no fun, but Oddonis’ hoping that Mount Olympus Middle School will be different. Ha. On the first day, he and his best friend, Gaseous, the flatulent son of Uranus and Chalupa, the Refried Bean Queen, are pranked by Adonis and his God friends on the bus and then refused entrance via the Gods’ door. Yep, more of the same. They do make more friends, including tiny Puneous, smart Mathena, and contagious Germes, but the Gods rule the school, and the election for class president will soon make that official. Adonis runs unopposed until a fed-up Oddonis decides to try to beat his conceited brother. Can the Odds beat the Gods? This series opener sports in-line comics and spot illustrations as well as plenty of potty humor (Oddonis’ dog’s name is Trianus, and the name’s appropriate). The whackadoodle mishmash of world mythologies and…other stuff (Germes’ mom is Typhoid Mary—go figure) may bug both myth-heads and readers who appreciate consistency in worldbuilding, but even they will have to laugh.

Newly minted fans will hope that future myth-adventures will be just as silly. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-11)

Pub Date: May 14th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-283953-4
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2019




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