Did you think Percy Jackson was a bit stiff? No sense of humor? Too focused on Greek Gods and Goddesses as old fuddy duddies? Then you need Oh My Gods! Volume 1. Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick created a graphic novel that has a little fun while, actually giving you a little about the Greek Gods and Goddesses of mythology. Only, this time they are real, and most are going to school on Mt. Olympus.
When Karen’s mother has an opportunity to have her dream job, she is sent to live with her father, Zed, on Mt. Olympus. And that is when the fun starts. Kids are really into method acting (the guy in the back of the centaur suit must be really warm in there), stone statues magically appear in the library stacks, and her new friends are really good at things like archery. But when she learns these are the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology, Karen has a lot more to worry about then just living with her eccentric father (who happens to not only be the dean of her school but the mayor as well, and then there’s that little thing with the thunder bolts….). Like when the statues start showing up, people start thinking: no statues before new girl arrived, therefore, new girl must be to blame.
This story of friendship and coming of age with a cute and silly twist has fun, cartoon illustrations by Juliana Moon. They are colorful, popping off the page and the right detail to move the story along. Humor and serious are combined to create a fun series for most aged 8 to 13.