DK Ancient Myths
Introduction & Series Review
DK’s Ancient Myths series presents engaging retellings of the myths for a contemporary audience – including both well-known classics as well as lesser-known stories. Thoughtful reference sections and pronunciation guides are also included in each of the volumes. But I fell in love with this series for the gorgeous illustrations by Katie Ponder that recall the sleek and stylised geometry of the art deco movement, seasoned with a dash of bright colour and gothic inspiration. Each volume includes decorative endpapers, touches of gilt on the cover, and sewn signatures in a hybrid binding. Note that the only difference I could see between UK and US editions has been spelling conventions.
List of books
Goddesses & Heroines by Jean Menzies, illustrated by Katie Ponder
Dorling Kindersley Publishing. 9780744080315 (US); 9780241609774 (UK). Jul 2023.
“Dive into the underworld of powerful women from religion and myth, from famous figures such as the warrior Mulan, to lesser-known characters like the ancient Greek queen Alcestis.”
Egyptian Myths by Jean Menzies, illustrated by Katie Ponder
Dorling Kindersley Publishing. 9780744056778 (US); 9780241538739 (UK). Aug 2022.
“From the creation of the world to the first pharaohs, this book charts the full sweep of ancient Egyptian mythology, as we learn how Ra fought daily battles to make the Sun rise, how trouble-making Set brought chaos to the kingdom, and how Osiris became the first mummy.”
Norse Myths by Matt Ralphs, illustrated by Katie Ponder
Dorling Kindersley Publishing. 9780744033359 (US); 9780241461365 (UK). Aug 2021.
“Explore the stories of mythical figures like Thor, the god of thunder who disguised himself as a bride to seek revenge and retrieve his powerful hammer, Mjölnir, and how Sif, the goddess of fertility had her long golden hair cut off by Loki, the trickster god.”
Greek Myths by Jean Menzies illustrated by Katie Ponder
Dorling Kindersley Publishing. 9781465491534 (US); 9780241397459 (UK). Jul 2020.
“Journey into a world of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, extraordinary creatures and fantastic monsters, including ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’, ‘The 12 Labours of Herakles’, and the escapades of ‘Jason and the Argonauts’.”