National Geographic Series

illustrated by Christina Balit

in chronological order

TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY,

CLASSIC STORIES OF GODS, GODDESSES, HEROES & MONSTERS

2011 National Geographic (pb 2011) (Kindle 2011)

ISBN 978-1-4263-0844-4

  • ALA Notable Book

  • Eureka! Silver Honor Book of the California Reading Association

  • Best Books of 2011 list by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book

  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award list

  • Garden State Teen Book Awards list

  • starred review KIRKUS

  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • Kindle Select 25 in November 2014

  • audio version with Recorded Books (ASIN B00AEIBCC8, 978-1-4640-4151-8)

  • in Bulgarian (Вечната Гръцка митология, Edgmont Bulgaria, Sofia; ISBN 978-954-27-0814-8)

  • in Chinese (希腊神话故事, Beijing Boulder Creative Culture and Media LLC ISBN 9780010700121/ 9787550279605)

  • in Chinese Complex (Beijing Boulder Creative culture and Media LLC ISBN 9789869209182)

  • in Greek (Ελληνική Μυθολογία. Ιστορίες με Θεούς, Θεές, ήρωες και τέρατα. Athens. Πεδίο. ISBN 978-960-546-966-5)

  • in Indonesian (Mitologi Yunani. Kisah klasik dewa-dewi, pahlawan, dan monster. Jakarta. Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. ISBN 9786024243814)

  • in Italian (La mitologia greca. Storie di dei, dee, mostri e mortali. Milano. White Star. ISBN 978-8854036130)

  • in Korean (나의 첫 그리스 신화. Chosun Education, Seoul; in 3 volumes, ISBN 9788966660582/599/605)

  • in Vietnamese (Thần Thoại Hy Lạp.Chuyện về các vị nam thần, nữ thần, anh hùng & ác quỷ. Hanoi. NXB Kim Đồng ISBN 9786042062169)

 

reviews reviews

excerpt read by author

KIRKUS:

...capturing the nature of each god or mortal with vivid turns of phrase, superb versions for reading alone or for sharing with audiences large or small.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...wise, witty, and thoroughly entrancing...lyrically written... A must-have for most collections.

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

... telling each tale with grace, clarity, and emotion... vivid retellings... sidebars contextualize the stories.

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES:

... This is a book meant to dazzle its readers -- and it does.

SHELF AWARENESS:

... This is a book kids can dip in and out of, but will be most enjoyed cover to cover.

 

HORN BOOK: impeccable... animated ...thoughtful...lyrical...gloriously star-spangled ...Lively and authentic, an excellent addition to the canon.

 

THE CHILDREN'S BOOK SHELF:

...hallmark in storytelling both in word and picture. It will pull young readers into the fascinating world of the Greek gods like no other publication available. To hear full review, click here.

TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY,

CLASSIC STORIES OF GODS, GODDESSES, MONSTERS & MORTALS

2013 National Geographic (Kindle 2013)

ISBN 978-1-4263-1380-6

  • ALA Notable Children's Books List for 2014

  • KIRKUS Best Books of 2013

  • SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL 100 Magnificent Children's Books 2013

  • starred review KIRKUS

  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • highly recommended LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

  • audio version with Recorded Books (978-1-4703-9786-9)

  • in Bulgarian (Вечната египетска митология, Edgmont Bulgaria, Sofia; ISBN 9789542713470)

  • in Chinese (埃及神话故事, Beijing Boulder Creative Culture and Media LLC ISBN 978-9869234320/ 9787550279582)

  • in Chinese Complex (Beijing Boulder Creative culture and Media LLC ISBN 9789869234320)

  • in Greek (Αιγυπτιακή Μυθολογία. Ιστορίες με Θεούς, Θεές, ήρωες και τέρατα. Athens. Πεδίο. ISBN 978-960-546-977-1)

  • in Indonesian (Mitologi mesir. Cerita klasik, tentang dewa, dewi, monster dan manusia. Jakarta. Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. ISBN 9786024243821)

  • in Italian (Mitologia egizia.Storie di dei, dee, mostri e mortali. Milano. White Star. ISBN 9788854036147)

  • in Vietnamese (Thần Thoại Ai Cập.Chuyện về các thần, ác quỷ cà con ngườ. Hanoi. NXB Kim Đồng ISBN 8935036695789)

 

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KIRKUS: 

Sumptuous of format, magisterial of content, stimulating for heart and mind both.

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: 

Napoli's gripping and candid prose informs while offering the immediacy of a contemporary fantasy novel... Sidebars provide additional insights into the lives of ancient Egyptians and other topics... These mythological beings emerge as fully formed characters through equally powerful storytelling and images.

 

LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION:

.. fine storytelling of queens and pharoahs, gods and goddeses ... connection to the natural world... details of geographic, political, and ancient historical context. This is an excellent choice for the Common Core Standards’ emphasis on mythology.

MIDDLE SHELF MAGAZINE

The author's lyrical retelling ...make each God and Goddess leap off the page, transporting readers back to a time long ago when these myths were first imagined. Both books [the Greek one and the Egyptian one] deserve a permanent place on every school and home library shelf.

SHELF AWARENESS:

Another glorious collection from the team behind TREASURY OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

  • Best of 2015 (Amazon's top 20 books)

  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • starred review BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

  • Eureka! Silver Honor Book of the California Reading Association

  • Amazon Spotlight Pick Juvenile Nonfiction for Sept 2015

  • audio version with Recorded Books (978-1-4906-9521-1)

  • in Bulgarian (Вечната скандинавска митологияя, Edgmont Bulgaria, Sofia; ISBN 9789542717157)

  • in Chinese (Beijing Boulder Creative Culture and Media LLC ISBN 9787550294646/ 9787550294646)

  • in Chinese Complex (Beijing Boulder Creative culture and Media LLC ISBN 9789869320313)

  • in Greek (Σκανδιναβική Μυθολογία. Ιστορίες Ίντριγκας, Εξαπάτησης, Αγάπης και εκδίκηση. Athens. Πεδίο. ISBN978-960-546-997-9)

  •  in Indonesian (Mitologi Norse. Cerita penuh intrik, tipu daya, cinta, dan pembalasan dendam. Jakarta. Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. ISBN 9786024243821)

  • in Italian (Miti e leggende del grande nord. Storie di intrighi, inganni, amore e vendetta. Milano. White Star. ISBN 978-8854039766)

  • to be published in Spanish

  • in Vietnamese (Thần Thoại Bắc Âu. Hanoi. NXB Kim Đồng ISBN 9786042081580)

TREASURY OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY,

STORIES OF INTRIGUE, TRICKERY, LOVE & REVENGE

2015 National Geographic (Kindle 2015)

ISBN 978-1-4263-2098-9

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: 

Witty, informative, and entertaining... dramatic world of life and death...the gods are larger-than-life and not blunted to conform to modern sensibilities. VERDICT: Buy it, and if space is an issue, weed to make it fit.

 

BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS: 

...truly a layered work, with the illustrations standing alone as startling works of art, and the frequent informational sections ... offering a thrilling amount of extra material ...lyrical, elegant stories...it doesn’t skip the juicy stuff...this is no simple picture book

  • starred review KIRKUS

  • featured in THE BOOKLIST READER

  • published in Chinese Complex (Beijing Boulder Creative culture and Media LLC ISBN 9789869459655)

  • in Indonesian (Kisah 1001 Malam. Cerita tentang petualangan, sihir, cinta, dan pengkhianatan. Jakarta. Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. ISBN 9786024243845)

  • in Italian (Le mille e una notte. Storie d'avventura, magia, amore e tradimenti. Milano. White Star. ISBN 978-8854039773)

  • to be in Korean

KIRKUS

A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical roots.

THE BOOKLIST READER:

...it simply isn’t possible to beat the sheer drama of the high-stakes premise of this important literary treasure. Scheherazade fights for her own life, the lives of the young women of her country and the soul of the Shah... a must-have for collections and young readers everywhere.

TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS: STORIES OF ADVENTURE, MAGIC, LOVE, AND BETRAYAL

2016 National Geographic (Kindle 2016)

ISBN 9781426325403

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TREASURY OF BIBLE STORIES

2019 National Geographic (Kindle 2019)

ISBN 9781426335389

KIRKUS:

A worthy cultural treasury with appeal to both the faithful and irreligious. 

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TREASURY OF MAGICAL TALES

FROM AROUND THE WORLD

2021 National Geographic

ISBN 9781426372483

KIRKUS:

...notable for ...breadth and inclusivity, spanning multiple cultures across six continents...plain yet effective language...illustrations, which shimmer...