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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Hardcover – June 28, 2005 by Rick Riordan (Author)

I bought this book because it was on one of those $. 99 lists and I thought, "What the heck. " This book took me back 50 years to some of my first pre-teen adventure books, e.g. the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is written from the standpoint of the protagonist who is pretty much a current pre-teen (I have 2 and one teen) with a wry irreverent sense of humor, as have many of the characters, "We don’t say the "c" word. " It’s not the "c" word you think. The book is fun and fast moving and if you have teen/pre-teens you will recognize a fair amount of their behavior while chuckling at them. The adults are also somewhat caricatures of the typical adult, but probably as many pre-teens see us. It’s fun. If you are an adult read it with your pre-teen, early teen as something to do together or in the car on a trip. You may surprise yourself that you have really enjoyed it. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review Book Description In this stunning collectors’ edition of The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson’s world is brought to life with eight full-color plates by the series jacket artist John Rocco. The edition comes in an elegant slipcase with a ribbon bookmark, rough edges, and cloth cover–a perfect keepsake for fans of this truly epic series. After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus. This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions. A Note for Amazon Customers from Illustrator John Rocco Dear Readers, When I was about eight years old I had the great luck of stumbling upon my father’s collection of Classics Illustrated comic books. I instantly fell in love with the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, and James Fenimore Cooper. Many years later, when I became interested in illustration, I discovered the beautiful hardbound editions of these stories featuring the arresting artwork of incredible artists like N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish. What I love about their paintings is not just the beautiful draftsmanship, color and composition, but their ability to capture a moment that held the promise of swashbuckling adventure. That promise let me know that if I read the words surrounding that picture, I could unlock the adventure. That promise is what I tried to achieve when creating the pictures for this incredible series. My approach has never been just to describe a scene from the book, but to create an illustration that offers tension and mystery–an image that provides just enough information to leave the viewer wanting to know more. When I was asked to create images for the Deluxe Edition of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief it was a dream come true. It was my chance to illustrate what I consider to be a new classic. The Lightning Thief has so many wonderful moments it was difficult to choose what to paint, but I knew I wanted to create a balance of dramatic scenes and quiet moments and to capture the spirit of Rick’s unforgettable characters. It has been my own great adventure to help bring this book to life in a new way, in color, on the page. I hope you enjoy this Deluxe Edition of The Lightning Thief. Yours, John Illustrations from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition(Click to Enlarge) Percy and a Nereid Percy and Annabelle on their way to Las Vegas Percy at the Entrance to Mount Olympus –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Hardcover – June 28, 2005 by Rick Riordan (Author) Review

Rick Riordan has hit on a winning formula in the Percy Jackson series! Lots of adventure aimed directly at the 10-13 year old reluctant reader. The story line and characters are as addictive as Rowling’s Harry Potter books, but instead of using wizardry and witchcraft, Riordan empowers his heroes and heroines through the magic of Greek mythology. Tons of monster-fighting, problem-solving, and even a bit of age-appropriate romance thrown in as the characters age along with the target audience. As a reader, a parent, and a middle-school English teacher, I cannot say enough good about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! At least a dozen parents have thanked me for introducing this story to their sons, who would not read a book until this one came along, and who have now read and re-read the entire series. I even know of some teenagers (both boys and girls) who had a race to see who could finish the latest book first! Not only are they entertained by these stories, but they are also learning about the root mythology of Western civilization while traveling to all the major landmarks of the U.S.A. (and, in the Heroes of Olympus series, across the Atlantic to Europe as well); when they get on to high school and have to study Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, they are making straight A’s without effort! Last year I read the series aloud to my son, who has always been a struggling reader, and now he is re-reading it independently and loving it even more the second time around. DO NOT BE TURNED AWAY BY THE POOR MOVIE ADAPTATION! -Read Reviews-

I knew of the series because of the movies being released and being a big Harry Potter fan, similar genres. When my son and I finished the HP series we went looking for something else. The Percy series really hit the spot. No spoilers for the story, but the book also made my son curious about mythology.

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