Published by Under the Stars (imprint of National Geographic)
Summary: Zeus the hamster lives with his friends Demeter (grasshopper), Athena (cat), and Ares (pug) at the Mount Olympus Pet Center. Artie is the human who runs the center, but when she’s not around, the animals live a secret life, re-enacting the myths they hear on Artie’s “Greeking Out” podcast. When Zeus hears the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece, he hears it as Golden Fleas, and becomes determined to go on a quest for the Fleas. But when a dragon (lizard) gets loose in the pet shop, it seems as the Demeter and her insect pals may be in danger. Zeus has to choose between his quest and helping his friend. It’s one adventure after another as the animals survive dangers and learn the true meaning of friendship. Includes additional information on Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses referenced in the story. 187 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: Combining Greek mythology with a bunch of lovable pets is sure to be a winning formula for elementary readers. Lots of illustrations add to the appeal. Look for book 2 coming in May 2020.
Cons: Zeus isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier.