Kid’s Book Review: The Trouble with the Two-Headed Hydra

Kid’s Book Review: The Trouble with the Two-Headed Hydra

About the Book and Author

Friend to monsters, Miss Mary-Kate is on another adventure. This time on the enchanting Greek island of Galinios where an ancient mosaic has been unearthed and her mother, Professor Martin is summoned to investigate it.

But soon her relaxing holiday turns into a monster-sized mystery, when a message arrives asking for help. Could the local legend of the Two-Headed Hydra be more than just a story? And what could have made this serene sea creature so angry?
Miss Mary-Kate Martin might be anxious, but she’s not scared of monsters! With the help of her new friend Nikos, she is determined to find answers.

Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both children and young adults. She grew up in the Australia outback mining town Mount Isa and still frequently dreams she is walking barefoot along the dry Leichhardt River. She is the author of Dragon Skin and the Carnegie Medal-longlisted Lenny’s Book of Everything, both published by Pushkin Children’s Books.

Freda Chiu is an author and illustrator from Sydney, Australia. As well as illustrating children’s books, her work spans comics, editorial and retail graphics. Outside her art practice, Freda lectures in Illustration at the University of Technology Sydney.

Book Review

If you are interested in monsters or the environment then you will love this story

This is an adventure story all about friendships. If you are interested in monsters or the environment then you will love this story. This book really shines a light on over-fishing and pollution in the sea.
I find Mary-Kates personality very particular and distinctive at the start of the story. However, after she meets Nikos and becomes friends, her personality grows and develops.

At first I took a very slight dislike to Mary-Kate’s character but as the story developed I think she has the best character personality in the book.
The story of the two-headed hydra is very interesting and has made me want to learn more about Greek mythology.

Mary-Kate was very kind to use her time on holiday to find out why the two-headed hydra was so angry.

There was lots of trial and error for Mary-Kate and Nikos as they develop many theories about the two headed hydra. This leads them on a mystery adventure all around the island.
I recommend anyone aged 8-12 to read this wonderful book.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Anyanka
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Cats, books and dancing
  • Dislikes: Dogs and football
  • Favourite Book: The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
  • Favourite Song: Wonderland by Taylor Swift
  • Favourite Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets