Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades
Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades

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Annotation: When Eowulf, the pint-sized descendant of monster slayer Beowulf, decides to slay Cerberus, young Nico, Lula the sphinx, and Buck the unicorn must stop her or face the zombie apocalypse.
Catalog Number: #181565
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 185 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-626-72751-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4319-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-626-72751-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4319-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018938076
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
At Vulcan-s Celestial Supply Shop, anyone from the mightiest of gods to a celestial monster can find the magical item they need. The staff-Nico Bravo, a mortal kid; Lula, a sphinx; Buck, a veteran of the Unicorn War-is there to assist. But when Eowulf, an aspiring monster slayer descended from Beowulf, needs supplies for a quest, Nico is reluctant to help her, especially when a powerful, newly made sword chooses Eowulf as its master. When Eowulf declares that she-s planning to slay Cerberus, Hades-s dog and guard of the Underworld, Nico decides that she must be stopped before dead souls overrun the dimensions. Cavallaro-s (Decelerate Blue) bright, psychedelic illustrations extend the dimension-hopping plots about Nico and Eowulf, while a subplot tracks the rest of the supply shop staff as they try to prevent a future in which the Unicorn War never ended. Introductions to various mythical beings-including Greek mythology-s Zeus, Egyptian mythology-s IÅ¡kur, and Norse mythology-s Thor-add interesting informational layers without slowing down the interwoven plots. A final discovery sets the stage for the next volume in this graphic novel series. Ages 8-11. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 36 -Nico Bravo works at Vulcan's Celestial Supply Shop, helping gods, demigods, and mythical creatures purchase magical items and weapons. Nico also rooms above the shop with his two coworkers: Lula, a sphinx, and Buck, a unicorn veteran from the mysterious Unicorn Wars. What begins as a normal workday soon turns into an adventure for Nico and his friends. Nico's latest customer, a young novice adventurer, is actually Eowulf, a descendant of Beowulf. When she reveals that she wants to slay the infamous three-headed Cerberus, Nico knows that he must stop her. Eowolf wants to prove herself as a monster slayer, even if that means potentially letting all of the dead out of the Underworld if she is successful. While Nico is off preventing the end of the world, Buck finds himself back in the jungle in an alternate universe where the Unicorn Wars never ended, and Lula is left alone to run the crowded shop. Familiar characters such as Gilgamesh, Zeus, Hades, and Persephone join new mythical heroes and villains in this humorous adventure. The vivid colors are a perfect fit for this fun, fast-paced graphic novel. VERDICT An engaging series opener recommended for most middle grade collections. Pair with Jorge Aguirre's Giants Beware.-Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ
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Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (8/1/19)
Word Count: 10,323
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 503835 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN390L

Take another look at your favorite myths and legends in this hillarious new graphic novel by Mike Cavallaro Got a problem? At Vulcan's Celestial Supply Shop, you can find the magical merchandise to set things right. The seasoned staff--a kid named Nico Bravo, a sphinx named Lula, and a unicorn named Buck--pride themselves on providing "legendary service and expertise in all areas of the arcane." But Nico's world is about to be turned upside down, and it's all thanks his latest customer: Eowulf, the pint-size descendant of the monster slayer Beowulf. Determined to carry on the family business, this would-be warrior plans to slay Cerberus, the terrifying, three-headed hound of Hades. There's just one problem--Cerberus is the only thing preventing the hordes of the Underworld from entering the land of the living. Can Nico stop Eowulf from unleashing a zombie apocalypse?

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