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Series: Gormless Gods and Hapless Heroes #1
Title: Tim Baker and the Ancient Curse
Author: Stella Tarakson
Illustrator: Nick Roberts
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Published: April 6th, 2017
How do you think you’d react if a Greek God appeared after you’d broken a vase? Well, Tim Baker immediately assumes the huge person is a genie and not a hero but whichever he is, he certainly isn’t very bright! This is an engaging middle grade reader packed with appealing, humorous incidents with which children will easily relate together with a fantasy historical element that makes it out of the ordinary. Following the untimely death of his father, Tim lives with his Mum who has to work two jobs to try to make ends meet. As she’s often out working, Tim is responsible for doing the housework and because of this some of his less kind peers have nicknamed him Cinderella. One day whilst cleaning, Tim accidentally breaks the Greek amphora which was the last gift his Dad had given to his Mum. Tim is upset but more shocks are in store as breaking it has released Hercules from being trapped in it. As Hercules, who only Tim can see, proves to be a strong but not very bright life is going to get very interesting!
The story has short chapters with different incidents in. There are incidents of bullying, accidents and some really humorous exchanges all of which help encourage even reluctant readers to keep on reading. There’s also a smattering of Greek mythological references throughout the story so could easily be used by parents or teachers to help encourage children to find out more about that era. I found it to be a relatively quick read with great black and white illustrations too. Ending on something of a cliffhanger, it is obviously the start of a new series and I hope to be able to read more in future – I think children would also look forward to continue reading the series, too.
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Life hasn’t been easy since Tim’s dad died – the kids at school call him Cinderella because he’s always stuck at home doing the housework while his mum’s out working to support them. But when Hercules unexpectedly turns up in his living room, life starts to get a whole lot more interesting! Super-strong, but not so super-smart, when Hercules sets out to help him, things quickly go south and Tim is left picking up the pieces.How do you convince a hero that you don’t need his help?