Middle Grade Review: Zeus the Mighty: The Trials of Hairy-Clees (Book 3) (Crispin Boyer)


About This Book:

Our story begins with a challenge: The Trials of Hairy-Clees are only for the bravest and most awesome gods of all. Who among them will become the ultimate champion?
The pets of Mount Olympus Pet Center are a true team: They conquer epic quests as easily as Ares the pug scarfs down Mutt Nuggets and they vanquish enemies who are pricklier than the spines on Poseidon the pufferfish. But when a chicken named Hermes shows up one day, things take a turn, and before the team knows it, the Oracle has spoken and the mysterious Trials of Hairy-Clees begin! Who will become top god? And can Zeus learn to share the limelight to fight alongside Hermes?
Join Zeus the overconfident hamster, Athena the wise cat, Ares the treat-loving pug, Poseidon the proud pufferfish, and Demeter the loyal grasshopper on another laugh-out-loud adventure through Greek mythology.


*Review Contributed by, Connie Reid, Site Manager & Staff Reviewer*

No Task Is Too Big For These Mighty Gods
What I Loved: The pets at the Mount Olympus Pet Center are adorable and a bit confused! The store owner names all the pets after the gods and listens to the podcast, “Greeking Out” by the Oracle of Wi-fi. The pets listen along and then use the myths and legends to overcome heroic challenges by night. Zeus the Hamster is not thrilled at all when their quest to defeat the mighty hydra (aka misting fan) is derailed by a new resident, Hermes the hen. He thinks it is ok to not allow Hermes admission to this godly group because Athena the cat keeps losing her mind and attacking Hermes.
He finally issues Hermes the same challenges that Hairy-Clees (Heracles) had to win to enter godhood.

What Left Me Wanting More: The Greek mythology was very cleverly overlaid into the story of the antics these pet store animals get into each night. For those with at least some background knowledge of Greek mythology, it was fun to see these pets’ interpretation of the stories. I could see it being a bit confusing if you didn’t already know something about Greek mythology. There were some nice follow-up facts at the back of the book describing what the story was based upon.

Final Verdict: My son loves hamsters and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, so when he saw this book, it was a no-brainer that it had to be read immediately. The humor and cute factor of the illustrations definitely made this an instant favorite for my middle-grade reader. This is the third book in the series, but we had no trouble reading it out of order.

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