A Greek Adventure

Jolly Fish Pr. (Histronauts). Sept. 2022. 88p. pap. $11.99. ISBN 9781631636783.
Gr 2-6–The Histronauts Luna, her cat Hero, Nani, and Newton take a trip through ancient Greece in this scenic guide packed with trivia and projects. The protagonists are point-of-view characters, with each section formatted to include comics-style introductions to significant locations, prose panels of facts and trivia, and a related activity or game. The comics portions are effective at demonstrating social norms. The book excels at tying Greek life to hands-on activities. Topics include theater, sports, games, government, houses, family life, food, alphabet, philosophy, weaving, pottery, education, mythology, and oral tradition. Readers learn how to make a mask; decorate a skyphos pot; prepare sesame, honey, and lentil foods; build a water-based timer; play the board game petteia; and weave yarn.
VERDICT Somewhat of a time travel story but more of a standalone interactive travelogue that might turn young readers from fans of mythology into budding experts on Greek history and culture.

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