Book Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Title: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
Author: Rick Riordan
Paperback Edition, 404 pages
Published: 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
4/5 stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23010073-percy-jackson-s-greek-gods

Summary:

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.

Review:

This is the story of greek mythology, from the beginning to the 12 Olympians, in Percy Jackson’s style. This book is soooo good. Percy is such a hilarious narrator, and Rick Riordan always knows how to make mythology fun and age appropriate. This book is for everyone, even for children, because it gives explanations for the nasty and gory thing in this book, and the language is friendly.

This book gives so much knowledge and insight about Greek Gods in Ancient Greek. How dangerous and powerful they considered in that time, and how easy for them to punish, kill, or turn anyone into animals or plants. There are many other events and humans related to the Gods in the Greek mythology, for example Pygmalion. And the illustrations! They are really pretty seriously! But if you want to buy this book, I recommend you to buy the hardcover one because it has more pictures.

Don’t read this book if you haven’t read PJO/HOO because it contains mild spoilers. If you want to know more about Greek mythology in an easy and funny way, this book is perfect for you. Really can’t wait for Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes!

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