Hercules, written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raul Colon, is an exciting retelling of the myth of Hercules’ last labor. Hercules, the great hero, must take the fearsome, three-headed dog Cerberus from Hades, using nothing more than his bare hands. In the end, Hercules is able to return to his village, victorious and celebrated, and then he is allowed a much-needed rest.
The artwork in this book is fantastic, in true keeping with the glory of this myth and its hero. The colors and the style bring the reader back to ancient Greece, right in the thick of Hercules’ heroic labors. It would certainly appeal to the child who loves adventure and excitement. This book is ideal for a later elementary school children, as there are some larger, harder to pronounce words. Parents could also read this to younger children who have an interest in mythology. Robert Burleigh’s rendition of an ancient tale is sure to appeal to a wide audience.
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