Children’s Book Review & Giveaway of Crib & The Labours of Hercules

5th August 2020

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Getting children interested in world history can be difficult. I remember sitting bored out of my skull in many a history lesson, but there were times it fascinated me.

Reading Anne Frank, and spending an RE lesson learning about Martin Luther King are fond memories for me.

My son is eight and during lockdown we were asked to about Ancient Greece by his teacher. It was hard to get him to engage with any of the work they offered, as if it’s not maths or science he’s not that interested!

So I had to think outside the box. He loves to read, and will get through a novel in two or three days. I found this great fiction book which features the Hercules story in a modern day scenario.

Crib and the Labours of Hercules, by Gerald Vinestock, is a heroic children’s book which involves a 10-year-old girl in current day Greece. She tries to save her country from various things, and the story parallels the adventures of Hercules.

The book can be bought on the author’s website or Amazon , and I’m giving away three copies! below!

Crib and the labours of Hercules book

I love that the main character is a young girl, and that she’s depicted as strong and brave. We need more of these gender equality messages in children’s books!

This book helped my son to engage with the Ancient Greece topic, because once he read it I was able to talk about other Greek myths and we began exploring them. He even created a Palace and Labyrinth for King Minos and the Minotaur on Minecraft (see our videos here).


I’m giving away two copies of this book, so to be in with a chance of winning one, please complete the form below.

Entrants must live in the UK and be over 18 years old.

Winners will be emailed for their postal addresses in order to send the prize. No contact details will be stored once the giveaway is finished.

Giveaway closes 26 August 2020.

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  • Bryan Murphy

    5th August 2020 at 7:18 pm

    The Three Musketeers is a classic

  • Peter Watson

    5th August 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Joan of Arc has always been a favourite of mine.

    1. Margaret Gallagher

      6th August 2020 at 11:24 am

      Three musketeers classic for all

  • Kate sutton

    6th August 2020 at 9:32 am

    The railway children is always good

  • Angie McDonald

    6th August 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I love Theseus and the Minotaur as it is one that has just stuck in my mind since Year 6 at school!

  • Chris Andrews

    6th August 2020 at 1:37 pm

    What’s your favourite heroic tale and why? . . . . the story of Beddgelert in North Wales, it is a local story and very sad

  • Laura Pritchard

    6th August 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I loved St George and the Dragon

  • Mrs tracy james

    6th August 2020 at 8:46 pm

    i think the classic , 3 musketeers is a fab book. my kids love it,all the adventures, sword fighting ect

  • Ruth Harwood

    8th August 2020 at 9:30 am

    I love an anti-hero – Becky from Vanity Fair is amazing – she shows how human we all are, and how dangerous the desire for material things is. The wheel of fortune is a very precarious game to play!

  • Susan B

    8th August 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I loved the heroic story of Dick Whittington and his cat even though it wasn’t actually true.

  • Sarah Parker

    9th August 2020 at 10:51 am

    I love the railway children 🙂

  • Sheena Read

    9th August 2020 at 10:58 am

    Florence Nightingale as she was such a brave lady.

  • Kathleen Marsden

    9th August 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Achilles As we all have one and it almost always reeks havoc


    9th August 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I love Mulan. She shows that a woman can do anything a man can.

  • Jean Cassell

    9th August 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I love The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. It’s heroic for a person to change their ways after being shown a better way to behave by children

  • ashleigh allan

    9th August 2020 at 6:37 pm

    The beast in Beauty and the Beast!

  • Rich Tyler

    11th August 2020 at 1:05 am

    King Arthur

  • Katrina Adams

    14th August 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve always loved Hercules!

  • Rebecca Walker

    15th August 2020 at 10:59 pm

    defo hercules

  • Darren Jacobs

    18th August 2020 at 9:51 am

    The sword in the stone

  • Vivienne Moreno

    20th August 2020 at 7:09 pm


  • Patricia Barrett

    24th August 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Mulan, a great strong female character.

  • Eileen Hindley

    24th August 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Robin Hood because he robbed the rich to give to the poor 🙂

  • Marie Rungapadiachy

    24th August 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I love the tale of Hercules as it is something that I loved as a child.

  • Troy Easton

    24th August 2020 at 8:37 pm

    It would be Sinbad and the golden hind.

  • Adrian Bold

    25th August 2020 at 1:30 am

    I love the tale of Robin Hood as the ‘steal from the rich and give to the poor’ is a great premise.

  • Josephine Pett

    25th August 2020 at 7:47 am

    King Arthur, I’ve recently read a lot of books around that period in time and I believe ?

  • Stef Acaster

    25th August 2020 at 9:49 am

    Florence Nightingale because I really admired her heroism

  • Sandra Foreman

    25th August 2020 at 6:31 pm

    David and Goliath as is about overcoming the impossible and standing up for yourself


    25th August 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t have a favourite heroic tale but Frodo Baggins is such an unwilling hero, it will have to be Lord of the Rings

  • Michelle Ferguson

    25th August 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Wonder woman as I always wanted to wear the outfit

  • Tee Simpson

    25th August 2020 at 11:13 pm

    St George and the dragon because it is part of our history/tradition and is a fun story to tell the kids.

  • Keeley Griffiths

    25th August 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Mulan a pure selfless hero, the character is an inspiration.

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