Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse


Leo is forbidden from breaking the Brownstone motto ‘to protect mythological creatures‘. Therefore how might he become a hero and step up to follow Athena’s challenge to protect her people from monsters and mythological creatures? Does he dare sneak in to listen to her orders to Perseus and thereafter follow him on a quest?

It seems that Leo’s actions invoke a reputation that he does not really deserve. All he has is a pin given to him by his parents that states the Brownstone motto. He is not the hero standing on the plinth, a source of pride and respect to the Athenian people! What did he do when he fell into the path of Cetus, the Sea Serpent? Thereafter, how has he overwhelmed other mythical creatures that sought to harm Athens? Can Athena smell a rat? What will she do to reveal the truth?

Joe Todd- Stanton’s Brownstone Mythical Collection are really informative, imaginative and satisfying reads. Through recreating and extending stories based upon familiar legends and characters, this writer-illustrator brings them alive; we are learning while loving the adventure! Bookwagon is delighted to add Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse to our online children’s bookstore.

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Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse

Brownstone’s Mythical Collection

Joe Todd- Stanton

(Flying Eye Books)– hardback

Although Leo’s parents forbid him from attending hero training, Leo’s dream is to become a hero. However, it seems he must maintain the ‘Brownstone’s mission and motto- “to protect mythological creatures”, not to fight them‘. Yet this doesn’t stop him from spying in on training does it? Maybe from listening to an ‘epic quest‘ that Athena is sending Perseus? Yet what if this leads to him following Perseus and thereafter falling into the path of Cetus, the giant sea serpent? What will Leo do?
Could Leo leave this experience with such a huge misunderstanding that he might fall into a role for which he never signed up?He was not meant to be a hero! Furthermore, how will he stand up to Athena should she doubt his credentials and then his approach?
Joe Todd- Stanton’s Brownstone’s Mythical Collection is a triumph of classical storytelling. HIs illustrated reinterpretations are fresh, engaging and stirring. Furthermore, his characters from Arthur and the Golden Rope or Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx are the recognisable, almost every- people. Bookwagon welcomes a new mythical collection title, exalts in Leo’s curiosity, diligence and adhesion to mission and motto. Thereafter, Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse is a superb addition to bookshelves in homes and classrooms!


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