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Beast keeper, by Lucy Coats ; illustrations by Brett Bean

Label
Beast keeper
Title
Beast keeper
Statement of responsibility
by Lucy Coats ; illustrations by Brett Bean
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Eleven-year-old Demon had never met his father, the god Pan, until the day he was whisked away to the stables of Olympus and charged with looking after all of the mythical creatures there, a task which is complicated by the tempestuous gods and goddesses and Heracles, who keeps killing the immortal beasts
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Review
  • Gr 3 – 6 — Pandemonius, also known as Demon, the 11-year-old son of the Greek god Pan, is unwillingly roped into a messy job as a stable boy caring for the mythical beasts of Olympus. While the story remains mostly true to the original mythology, plenty of humor and some modern slang are inserted, such as when the hapless hero debates how to address his father, "Your Godness? Your Holiness? Your Dadness?" Scatalogical humor abounds as Demon copes with mountains of beast poo and flatulent Cattle of the Sun. Purposeful anachronisms such as robots and a computerlike machine made by Hephaestus, god of the forge, are presented as evidence of the Greek gods' omniscient powers. Hercules is the villain in this tale as Demon works on doctoring up poor animals injured during his Twelve Labors. Demon's ability to speak with animals comes in handy as he soothes cranky creatures, such as a bald Nemean lion, Stymphalian birds in need of new feathers, and a Cretan bull that has lost its fire. His biggest challenge is curing Hera's beheaded pet Hydra. Energetic cartoon illustrations enhance the fast-paced excitement. A glossary and pronunciation guide featuring all the major players in the Greek pantheon are included.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA --Madigan McGillicuddy (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p70)
  • /* Starred Review */ Eleven-year-old Demon has his work cut out for him when his father, the god Pan (who he has just met for the first time), steals him away from his human mother and assigns him to look after the Stables of the Gods. In this rippingly funny first book in the Beasts of Olympus series, readers get an alternate perspective on classic Greek myths as Demon tends to the Cretan Bull, Hydra, and other creatures that have suffered at the hands of gods and heroes—especially Heracles (“Nice people did NOT go around pulling skins off poor innocent lions”). Bean’s dynamic cartoons amp up the comedy and drama, while a glossary and pronunciation guide round out a story that, underneath its fun, offers food for thought on everything from absentee parenting to the mistreatment of animals (even immortal ones). Simultaneously available: Hound of Hades. Ages 7–9. Author’s agent: Sophie Hicks, Sophie Hicks Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 27, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 43, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10394334
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coats, Lucy
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
840L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.C62935
LC item number
Bdk 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
5.5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Beasts of Olympus
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Heracles
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Gods, Greek
  • Goddesses, Greek
  • Hera
  • Hydra (Greek mythology)
  • Hephaestus
  • Mythology, Greek
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Greek & Roman
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Beast keeper, by Lucy Coats ; illustrations by Brett Bean
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1061546
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780448461939
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014041137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780448461939
  • (OCoLC)881093512
Label
Beast keeper, by Lucy Coats ; illustrations by Brett Bean
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1061546
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780448461939
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014041137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780448461939
  • (OCoLC)881093512

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