Review of “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods”

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Review of “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods”

  1. Dear Phoebe
    Your review was excellent. You are getting better and better in writing your reviews, expressing your thoughts and feelings and providing constructive comments and criticism. I am glad you liked this book. Greek Mythology has been always my favorite subject. Do you know that till today we continue hearing references to the legends of the greek gods and heroes in our everyday life? Expressions, such as “Pandora box”, “Herculean task or effort”, “Trojan horse”, “Achilles heel”, “Midas touch”, “Panic button, etc are among the many modern-day references to ancient Greek mythology. Without knowing the greek mythology how anyone could understand fully the meaning of these expressions? Do you know that many words in English language (and also in other languages) are borrowed from the Greek mythology? For example: Vulcan (god of fire) = volcano; Typhon (the most terrible monster)=typhoon; Narcissus (god who fell in love with his own reflection)=narcissism; Nectar (drink of gods)= nectar, fruit juice; Hypnos (god of sleep) = hypnossis, and more and more….Isn’t this fascinating?

  2. I love Greek mythology and enjoyed reading many books about it when I was younger. This book seems like a great introduction to Greek mythology for when my daughter gets older.

    If you liked this book, and others in the Percy Jackson series, I am sure you will love the 1981 movie classic, “Clash of the Titans.” Many of the figures of Greek mythology are portrayed, such as Medusa, as we watch Perseus try to save Princess Andromeda from the Kraken monster.

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