Book Review: Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology by Francoise Rachmuhl

The Book

Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology by Francoise Rachmuhl and Charlotte Gastaut

Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology by Francoise Rachmuhl, illustrations by Charlotte Gastaut
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Children’s literature, mythology
Published by Lion Forge, 2018
I received an ARC of this book for review through NetGalley

What It Is

This is a children’s book about the most important figures in Greek mythology. Each page is fully illustrated, and the book is separated by gods first, followed by mortals. Each character receives a quick biography spanning several pages. The book was originally published in France but was released on September 18th here in America.

My Thoughts

It’s been years since I’d read any Greek philosophy, so I was pretty rusty going into this book. As I read it, I remembered many things I had forgotten and learned much more. The biography of each god or mortal is concise, yet very informative. The more adult themes are dealt with in a relatively light-hearted manner, making it accessible to children.

The illustrations, done by Charlotte Gastaut are gorgeous and are what makes this publication so special. Here are my favorite examples:

It was a stunning book. Despite being marketed toward children, this is definitely a book that people of any age would love.

Verdict (Buy/Borrow/Skip)

Buy. If you forget about famous Greek deities and need to brush up quickly, this book is a wonderful way to do so.

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