Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
Author: Rick Riordan
Illustrated by: John Rocco
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology
Series: A Companion to Percy Jackson and the Olympians
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.
“In the beginning. I wasn’t there.”
This book was fantastic! The writing was superb as always and the illustrations were stellar! John Rocco’s style of capturing all our favorite Greek Gods were truly mesmerizing. I loved seeing these huge full page picture to correspond with each story. Each story is told from our favorite demigod, Percy Jackson and he still has his unique sense of humor and sass that we all know and love. If all my textbooks were narrated by Percy Jackson I might have been better able to understand History in high school.
“Hey girl,” he said, wiggling his eyebrows. “You must be the riptide, ’cause you sweep me off my feet.”
He’d be practicing that pickup line for years. He was glad he finally got yo use it.”
I don’t really have too much to say about the overall plot since it was just short stories about each God loaded with sass from yours truly. But I can say that if you really liked the Percy Jackson series, you’re going to love this. The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is exactly what we can expect and love from Riordan, and the design of this book is fantastic! Sure it weighs a ton, but it’s gorgeous to look at.
“So Aphrodite married Hephaestus and the celebrity ship Aphrophaestus completely dominated Olympian tabloid news for like a thousand years. Did they live happily ever after? HAHAHAHAHA. No.”
“I mean, five gods in one stomach—dang. That’s enough for doubles tennis, including a ref. They’d been down there so long, they were probably hoping Kronos would swallow down a deck of cards or a Monopoly game.”