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Review of “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods”

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
By Rick Riordan
Illustrated by John Rocco
Published by Disney Hyperion
Pages 336

This is another great book by Rick Riordan. Rick Riordan is an awesome author that lots of kids (and probably some adults) today are fans of. He wrote the Percy Jackson series, Kane Chronicles trilogy (which I reviewed the Red Pyramid here), and the Heroes of Olympus series. This book, however, is different from all of the other ones he wrote because it is not a story about kids who go on mythological quest. Actually, it’s not an adventure book at all. It’s all about Greek myths, gods, and titans.

In this book Percy tells the reader about different stories based on Greek mythology. These are stories that have been passed down for thousands of years, first by ancient Greek priests, and today by authors like Rick Riordan. Riordan, however, wrote this book as if a local publisher in New York, where Percy lives, had asked Percy to write the book.

For those who don’t know, titans and gods are both magical beings with special powers. For example, the goddess Aphrodite can make people fall in love, the god Poseidon (who is actually Percy’s dad) can control water and the oceans, and the titan Kronos can stop and speed up time. Gods, however, are different from Titans because gods are smaller but more powerful.

The book begins with Percy telling the story of how the Earth was created. This is not my favorite story because it is kind of boring. There’s not much to it. I like the next one about how Kronos killed his dad, because it is more exiting. The next few stories are about the titans and how the titan Reah gave birth to the first gods, and how Zeus overthrows Kronos. Then Percy even gives you his version about what he thinks about the gods, and some of the gods up close and their stories. I like his opinions because he tells the stories with a lot of humor.

If you get the hard cover version of the book, and I suggest you do, it is the size of a coffee table book, and has lot of beautiful pictures of gods and titans. One of my favorite illustrations is baby Hermes stealing the cows because the illustrator makes baby Hermes look cute and, silly. It is also one of my favorite stories in the book because it may be the funniest of all. Another one of my favorite stories is when Apollo was born, because he was very demanding right from the start. For example, right after he was born he ordered the other gods to immediately get him a bow and arrow and a musical instrument. But he was still a baby!

Over all, I think this is a book for anyone who loves Percy Jackson, especially kids ages 9-12, but older kids and some adults might also like it. If you don’t know Percy Jackson, but you like Greek mythology, you might like the book, but you might not get all of the humor.