Mythologica – Dr. Steve Kershaw, illustrated by Victoria Topping

Before I start this review I have a small confession to make…..at school I had a slight obsession with Classical Studies and I was the only one of my year group to opt to study Latin at G.C.S.E. But I’m acutely aware that my fondness for myths and monsters might not be replicated throughout my school which is unfortunate as it is a topic that all children at my school will experience. I would much rather we could inspire them rather than make them feel they had to endure this study but how can we excite them when there is a plethora of resources which err towards the classical rather than the dramatic. Fear not, I feel I may have found an answer in the fabulous, ‘Mythologica,’ written by esteemed expert Dr Steve Kershaw and illustrated in the most mind-blowing and engaging way I have seen in a long time by Victoria Topping.

Traditionalists may start to worry that this may potentially dilute the topic but I can assure you that’s not the case. Inside this sublime and stunning book the reader can delve into the lives of powerful gods and goddess and discover fascinating facts of mortals and monsters. Featuring the most exciting characters in Greek mythology,  each sumptuous spread mixes exquisite illustrations with a plethora of information about the subject interspersed with tales and historical events. This book is exquisitely produced in a luxurious over sized format making it a highly covetable purchase for fans of Greek myths. By the very nature of it’s look and content it is bound to become a much loved resource at school. We are already planning to use it, to recognising the transformative effect a brilliant book can have in enthusing the children and encouraging them to engage with their learning. A true classic which thoroughly deserves to be in every school library, I can’t recommend this book enough!

Thank you to Fritha and Wide Eyed books for sending me a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. ‘Mythologica,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.

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