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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

by Rick Riordan
Illustrator John Rocco

Disney-Hyperion | August 19, 2014 | Hardcover

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don''t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson''s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who''s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 12.25 × 9.25 × 1.12 in

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1423183649

ISBN - 13: 9781423183648

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is easy to read and illustrations are gorgeous. I love the way how Percy used modern days' examples to make the stories more interesting. Young people can definitely relate to some of the situations. He also does not take himself too seriously which makes it a great book to read at night.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is easy to read and illustrations are gorgeous. I love the way how Percy used modern days' examples to make the stories more interesting. Young people can definitely relate to some of the situations. He also does not take himself too seriously which makes it a great book to read at night.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic addition to your library! I am a huge fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson works and this was a great addition to the collection. This book was a complete delight to read from beginning to end. Percy's voice is so sarcastic and wonderful. I just love how he's always adding little modern details to the stories to make it more interesting. Percy doesn't sugar coat anything when it comes to his opinions on the gods and their crazy actions, which makes his story telling so much more relatable to the modern audience. His voice is also easy to read and understand, which makes it perfect for the junior classroom. I think children are going to be able to learn and process (and remember!) these stories so much easier now. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. I'm so glad they stuck with John Rocco for the art because if they kept using the guy who did the portraits in The Demigod Diaries then this would have been one ugly book. I heard the UK print version of Percy Jackson's Greek Gods doesn't come with illustrations and I feel very sorry for those people. I think what makes this book such a valuable educational resource for children's literature is the fact that is has a good balance between text and art. Ancient Greek isn't easy to envision either so the illustrations support the stories. Overall, I was very pleased with this book and would encourage everyone to read it as well as all the teachers to add it to their classroom shelves.
Date published: 2014-08-26

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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

by Rick Riordan
Illustrator John Rocco

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 12.25 × 9.25 × 1.12 in

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1423183649

ISBN - 13: 9781423183648

From the Publisher

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don''t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson''s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who''s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.

About the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; The Heroes of Olympus Book Three: The Mark of Athena; The Heroes of Olympus Book Four: The House of Hades; the #1 New York Times best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire; The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: The Serpent''s Shadow; as well as the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.


John Rocco (www.roccoart.com) studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and The School of Visual Arts. In addition to writing and illustrating four of his own picture books, including the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling Blackout, he has created all of the cover art for Rick Riordan''s best-selling Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series. He has also illustrated books by Whoopi Goldberg and Katherine Patterson. Before becoming a full-time children''s book creator, he worked as an art director on "Shrek" for Dreamworks, and for Disney Imagineering. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

Gr 3-7 Riordan takes the classic guide to Greek myths and makes it his own, with an introduction and narration by beloved character Percy Jackson. With 19 chapters, this oversize hardcover includes a variety of stories, from the early tales of Gaea and the Titans to individual tales of gods readers encounter in the "Percy Jackson" series (Hyperion), such as Ares, Apollo, and Dionysus. Percy''s irreverent voice is evident from titles such as "Hera Gets a Little Cuckoo," "Zeus Kills Everyone," and "Artemis Unleashes the Death Pig," and the stories are told in his voice with his distinctive perspective ("Another guy who got a special punishment was Sisyphus. With a name like Sissy-Fuss you have to figure the guy had issues "). The format and illustrations are fairly traditional, considering the tone, featuring painterly depictions of the gods and their world. While these are actual tales of Greek mythology, Percy''s take adds more color than would be helpful for those working on research projects or reports. The stories do make for fun reading, however, and might work as starting points for schoolwork. This original and wildly entertaining spin on Greek mythology is bound to be popular among fans of the series. Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City-SLJ
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