Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

percy jackson's greek gods by rick riordan

‘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.

Description taken from Goodreads.

And we’re back to Percy Jackson.

For those of you who have read or have a child who has read the final book in the HEROES OF OLYMPUS series, THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS, I offer you my tissue box and my sympathetic heart of feels. For me, who grew up with Percy Jackson and Greek myths, it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye in these amazing characters and this series in general. For those of you who know a child who is in the middle-grade age and they have not read this book, I really recommend that you buy the first Percy Jackson book, THE LIGHTNING THIEF, for them.

They will grow up to thank you.

Moving on to this book though, there was honestly so much I loved about it. This is from Percy himself, writing a book with his own humor and character, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better parting gift from this series from Rick Riordan. One of my favorite books long before I read Rick Riordan’s books was a big book of Greek myths. I would read it over and over again, and I feel like this guide to Greek mythology will open up these stories to younger readers in a way that is uncomplicated, hilarious and relatable. I loved this addition to Riordan’s books, and I cannot wait for his new Norse mythology series. 4 stars.

pg count for the kindle edition: 336 pages


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