Percy Jackson's Greek Gods [NOOK Book]

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'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
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Overview

'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.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Greek gods have been around for, well, ages, but until Rick Riordan got his hands on them, they seemed as remote as Mount Olympus to most young readers. Now he's agreed to oversee a tour through the pantheon of these often temperamental deities and he's enlisted Percy Jackson (a.k.a. the son of Poseidon) to be the tour guide. This giftable hardcover contains illustrations by Caldecott honoree John Rocco—-and this Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes Percy's personal God family tree!

Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-29
Percy Jackson takes a break from adventuring to serve up the Greek gods like flapjacks at a church breakfast.Percy is on form as he debriefs readers concerning Chaos, Gaea, Ouranos and Pontus, Dionysus, Ariadne and Persephone, all in his dude's patter: "He'd forgotten how beautiful Gaea could be when she wasn't all yelling up in his face." Here they are, all 12 Olympians, plus many various offspring and associates: the gold standard of dysfunctional families, whom Percy plays like a lute, sometimes lyrically, sometimes with a more sardonic air. Percy's gift, which is no great secret, is to breathe new life into the gods. Closest attention is paid to the Olympians, but Riordan has a sure touch when it comes to fitting much into a small space—as does Rocco's artwork, which smokes and writhes on the page as if hit by lightning—so readers will also meet Makaria, "goddess of blessed peaceful deaths," and the Theban Teiresias, who accidentally sees Athena bathing. She blinds him but also gives him the ability to understand the language of birds. The atmosphere crackles and then dissolves, again and again: "He could even send the Furies after living people if they committed a truly horrific crime—like killing a family member, desecrating a temple, or singing Journey songs on karaoke night."The inevitable go-to for Percy's legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories. (Mythology. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484702185
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 431
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 32 MB
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Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; The Heroes of Olympus Book Three: The Mark of Athena; The Heroes of Olympus Book Four: The House of Hades; the #1 New York Times best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire; The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: The Serpent's Shadow; as well as the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

John Rocco (www.roccoart.com) studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and The School of Visual Arts. In addition to writing and illustrating four of his own picture books, including the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling Blackout, he has created all of the cover art for Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series. He has also illustrated books by Whoopi Goldberg and Katherine Patterson. Before becoming a full-time children's book creator, he worked as an art director on "Shrek" for Dreamworks, and for Disney Imagineering. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Biography

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Awesome!

    It's been forever since Percy's narrated in 1st person, so this wil be an nice surprise. Judging from the preveiw, this is gonna be pretty funny, with the werid chapter names. -sigh- just like in the old days :) lt comes out in about two months, so it'll be a little something to read while waiting for BoO. With that said, have a nice days peoples! ;)

    25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    WHAT?????!!!!!!

    THIS COMES OUT IN AUGUST?????!!!!! AGGHHHHHH!!!!
    well atleast i know when this comes out.
    - the fustrated cannibal threw up his hands

    15 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    This will be awesome!

    Can't wait!!!!!

    9 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    PERCY

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERCY JACKSON !!!!!!!! ;) :)
    Your books make me complte. ! :) :) :)
    Have some blue food and go to the beach,relax.
    Happy birthday seaweed brian....

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Omg

    This is gonna be good

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Good job

    This is so good. I finished it yesterday. Well done rick.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Ah yeah man Click

    This book was totally AWESOME! Here's some Greek Mythology I got from reading: The Titans were the eldest race of beings born to Gaea and Ouranos. Ouranos detested all his children, but mainly the Hekatoncheires and the Elder Cyclopes( due to their ugliness ). He thus threw into the deep abyss of Tartarus. Gaea mourned for them, so she forged a scythe and told her remaining children to take it to defeat Ouranos and free their brothers. Kronos, the youngest Titan, accepted. As the youngest, Kronos was initially ignored by his parents. He used dirty tactics in wrestling matches with his elder brothers, earning his nickname, the "Crooked One". Oceanus, the oldest Titan, refused to help. Kronos then convinced his other brothers to hold down Ouranos in exchange for the four corners of the earth. He ambused Ouranos and brutally cut him into pieces. Thus Ouranos told him that his own children would overthrow him just like he did. After this, Kronos threw Ouranos' genatalia into the sea, to insult Oceanus for not helping with the murder. Then the Titans became rulers of the universe and Kronos was named king. He kept his promise to Gaea and freed his younger brothers. The Hekatoncheires and Elder Cyclopes built Kronos a palace on Mount Othrys. But he then grew tired of them, and chained them, throwing them back to Tartarus, guarded by Kampe. Atlas became his General. His siblings never visited, Kronos knew this was because they secretly feared him. He decided not to get married in fear of his father's words. Kronos then saw his siblings happy with their kids and became depressed. He fell madly in love with his sister Rhea and married her to better his personality. During his reign, Kronos became cold and arrogant. As the Lord of Time, he traveled the world, delighted in speeding it up,watching plants and animals wither up and die. When Kronos had his first child, Hestia, he tried to be a good father. But when he recognized her as more as more beautiful and advanced then a Titan, so in his extreme fear and paranoia, swallowed her whole. The same with his other kids: Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. Rhea saw this and mourned & depressed. So when she had her sixth child, Zeus, she hid him in a cave on Mount Ida on Crete. Rhea gave Kronos a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes instead. Zeus grew to manhood & gained a position as his father's cupbearer. He told "satyr jokes", danced, and invited all the Titans to drinking and eating contests, which he won. Zeus then gave Kronos a mixture of mustard and nectar, which made him regurtiatate his older siblings and Rocky. The gods declared war on their father, escaping to Zeus' home cave on Mt Ida. The gods then went down to Tartarus, and their uncles( the Hundred-Handed Ones and Cyclopes ) made them the Master Bolt, Trident, and Helm of Darkness. Zeus killed Kampe, Poseidon broke the chains, and Hades led them all out through the Underworld. The Titanomachy lasted ten years. At first the Titans had the upper hand as more expiereinced with weapons, but the gods soon learned how to fight. They then decided to storm Othrys from Mount Olympus. The Hekatoncheires and Cyclopes threw boulders, Poseidon caused earthquakes, Hades sneaked through and stole their weapons. Zeus' Master Bolt struck Mount Othrys and toppled Kronos from his throne. They chained up Atlas, Hyperion, Iapetus, Koisis, and Krios.Zeus then took his father's scythe and cut him into thousands of pieces, throwing them into Tartarus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Riptide

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    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    ITS SOOOO EXPENSIVE

    Happy late birthday percy!

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Carmen

    Hi

    2 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Tap for a wonderful suprise

    So I've decided to wright a book. NO ONE will care. If you do care, check result one of " aqua moon ". You can just call me Cat.....

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    WHO LIKES POKEMON??

    I have recently made a pokemon rp and you must challenge gym leaders or battle one another. If youre interested, go to charmeleon res 1. The map will be there

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Love this

    We all missed Percys POV. I loved how he insulted everyone and added things to make it halar ((CHEESEBURGER))

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    To Ashley

    Im 14 a super hot guy and have a ten inch dick. I will have real sex or nook sex with you

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Faiy tail rp

    At celetail res four its anime not princesses k

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Good

    Need I say more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    CAMP ELEMENTS RP

    Go to infamous res one and put ur bios down then go to res two to have some fun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    didn't like this book at all. Was very disappointed in the story

    didn't like this book at all. Was very disappointed in the storyline. would not recommend this book to kids

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Camp Half-Blood

    @ 'Athenian Constitution' result one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Great book

    I loved this book but it has some sexual content would not recommend to kids under age twelve or people older than age twelve that act like they r four. All in all a great book but honestly with all this dumb sex crap i am pretty sure they will rate books like video games. E for childrens books and M for mature books. This book would probabaly be a T for teens. Cant wait for blood of olympus btw and if u people are dying waiting for it to come out just try to wait one more month. I will c u all then. Hasta lavesta(i think thats how u spell it)

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