Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to provide a review of the middle grade book “Goddess Girls: Medusa the Rich” by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Review completed by Danielle (the daughter).
Title: Goddess Girls: Medusa the Rich | Authors: Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: April 28, 2015| Publisher: Aladdin| Pages: 272| Recommended Ages: 8-12| Reviewed by: Danielle (Daughter)
Book Description: Medusa discovers that having the golden “King Midas” touch has its ups and downs in the sixteenth Goddess Girls adventure.
When Medusa suddenly becomes able to turn objects into gold just by touching them, she is thrilled. Gold, gold, everywhere! But it’s not just objects that become golden—it’s also food, and, even people! Her new ability turns out to be more dangerous than delightful, but can she do anything to reverse it?
1. What is the book about?
This book is about is about a mortal girl with snakes for hair named Medusa. Medusa is tired of being bested by her two older sisters so when she has a chance to be better, she decides to take that chance and enters the Comicontest. The only problem is, the entry fee is 15 drachmas, which Medusa does not have. But then king Midas gives Medusa his golden touch – a power to turn anything she touches into gold. But after a while the golden touch doesn’t really seem like a great thing.
2.Who are the main characters?
The main character is Medusa, who attends MOA (Mount Olympus Academy) and has snakes for hair. She loves writing comics and she enters the Comicontest so that she no longer has to be teased by her 2 older sisters.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
I really liked how usually in the Goddess Girls books, the four most popular goddesses of MOA (Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis and Persephone) aren’t exactly nice to Medusa; however, in this book, they are all helping Medusa.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense?
There was something that I noticed about the book. I noticed that the story says that Medusa has 12 snakes on her head but in the image, she only has 9. That being said, in “Medusa the Mean” she has 12 snakes on her head on the cover.
5. What are some of the things you learned from the book?
I learned that you should be grateful for what you already have because there is always something worse that could happen.
6. What do you think of the book cover and other images?
The cover was pretty cool except for the small mistake that I mentioned earlier. It’s also very eye-catching and colorful.
7. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I thought this book was really good. I really like how the author tells a different version of Greek Mythology. It’s really cool.
8. Who do you think would like this book?
I think girls 7-12 would like this book.
About the Authors
Joan Holub’s fascination with mythology inspired Mini Myths, a new board book series that translates famous myths into situations familiar to preschoolers. The first four titles are Be Patient, Pandora!, Play Nice, Hercules!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa! and Make A Wish, Midas! published by Abrams Appleseed. Joan co-authors two other mythology series for Simon and Schuster, Goddess Girls (ages 8-12) and Heroes in Training (ages 7-10). Her picture book, Mighty Dads, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.
Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children’s choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series (for ages 8 – 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 – 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.