Giveaway and Review: "Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!"

"Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!"
by Joan Holub, Illus. by Leslie Patricelli

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Source: sent by author

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Summary from

Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.
My Review:

I recently reviewed the first book in this new board book series for little ones, "Be Patient, Pandora!", and like the first book, this story is based on a Greek myth, retold for toddlers of today. In this installment, little Hercules isn't playing nice. He's being rough with his toys, and even knocks over his little sister's castle of blocks! He's kind of bad, really! But never fear, because Hercules realizes he wasn't playing nice, and helps to fix his mistakes. I think that I may have enjoyed Pandora's story a little bit more, but I think little ones will have fun reading (listening to) this one.

Like the previous book, the illustrations are bright and fun to look at! I think it's cute that Hercules' dad looks a little bit hipster, that makes me smile. Little Hercules and his sister have such expressive faces. You can easily see how they are feeling.

Bottom Line: This is another fun and lively installment of the Mini Myths series of board books. It's great to read a retelling of Greek myths for little ones, which will hopefully spark more interest in classics for childrens in the future.

The author has generously provided an AUTOGRAPHED copy of this book for TWO lucky readers of my blog (one book each for two winners).
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
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  • Ends Oct 7
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

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While you're here, check out my giveaway for the first book in this series, "Be Patient, Pandora!"

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I love these books! Too cute! Mythology is one of my favorite things to study…it's so fascinating and I would love to share this books with my little guy! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. Since these are for ages 1-4, they would be great for both my niece and nephew. Thanks for sharing; love these!

  3. These books sound like they are just wonderful. What a creative author. I know my grandsons would just love them and I would too.

  4. my daughter would love to read these books

  5. My son might learn something from this book! :)
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  6. Thank you to both you and the author for this cute giveaway opportunity. I'd love to win this for a young couple's new baby to enjoy with her mommy and daddy.

  7. I think it's important that children learn at a early age manners and how to play nice with others.

  8. I think my youngest son would really like this book. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

  9. I like books that teach a lesson. Illustrations look so cute! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  10. This looks like a great book. I am always on the look out for books that teach lessons so we can refer back to them during teachable moments.

  11. I would like to add this to my son's books. Looks like a good size for him.

  12. My grandson would enjoy this book. Cute illustrations.

  13. I love mythology so would love to share with my lil one.

  14. Another fantastic little book! I want to collect them all. The art is cute and the simple story is great for toddlers and has a lesson worth learning at an early age.

  15. Still think it would be great for my niece- lol


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