Even though my kids are no longer in the target age range for these books (at least, not until my baby is born), they love them! Joan Holub has simplified ancient Greek myths and made them accessible for even the smallest child. My five year old has been using them to practice her reading. We’ve read them several times a day for the past few weeks!
Make a Wish, Midas! (Mini Myths) by Joan Holub, illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Midas wants everything to be his favorite color—yellow! He chooses yellow clothes, eats yellow foods, and uses only the yellow paint at his easel. But when he impulsively paints his beloved green Dinoboo, Midas discovers that too much of a good thing is a big mess! Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Midas’s Wish myth at the end.
The story of King Midas has never been so adorable! Little Midas loves the color yellow and wants everything (including his Mommy) to be yellow. But when he accidentally gets too much yellow, he realizes that some things are better the way they were.
King Midas’s tale is adapted for young children in simple text and adorable pictures. This is a great book for kids ages 0 and up. Even my older kids (5 and 7) love it. The real story of King Midas is included on the final page.
Brush Your Hair, Medusa! (Mini Myths) by Joan Holub, illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and dirtier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original Medusa’s Wild Hair myth at the end.
Medusa masterfully avoids brushing her unruly hair while various family members try to tame her wild locks. Finally, grandma manages to get Medusa’s hair under control.
This is such a clever way to tell the story of Medusa! I love the way the author adapted it for small children. Of course, the illustrations are as adorable as ever. If you haven’t read any of the Mini Myth books to your baby or toddler, I suggest you do! There aren’t many board books like this on the market, and these are well done and entertaining. They also introduce ancient stories to young book lovers.