(X-posted to booktards
One of the problems with growing older is finding books I enjoyed as a child went out of print or vanished from the records.
Which makes looking for book gifts for my niece and nephew a royal pain in my rump.
Since I can't bring myself to buy any of the bastardizations Barbie's been putting out each year, I've been trying to find a book similar to the one I read back in the day about Greek mythology. (Be damned if I remember title and author, but it would have been written at a 9-12 year old level or so. It had a black cover with a blue illustration of Medusa as I recall.) Preferably one that uses the Greek names rather than those "I will invade your country and rename your gods but keep the stories the same, as well as claim decent from the losers of the Trojan war" Romanizations thereof.
Way I figure, if they like the stories, I'll spring for a more adult book when they're older. (I'm doubting my sister in law would like me much if I gave the kids a book filled with how Zeus chopped off Kronos's penis, threw it in the ocean, and then the blood and foam made Aphrodite....) This also eliminates Bullfinch and Hamilton, who would probably bore them right off mythology forever.
Can't make headway on Amazon with this search, so do any of you have a recommendation on a book I could give a 10 year old girl on Greek Mythology?