Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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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 ...

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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.

Includes a full-color Greek Gods Family Tree created exclusively for Barnes & Noble customers.

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A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014

Percy Jackson, the “halfblood” son of Poseidon, is routinely called upon to save the world in Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Now he takes a narrator’s role in a beautiful, fully illustrated book that tells the story of the gods and goddesses as only he can: irreverently. Funny asides and clever observations make this introduction to Greek mythology a blast to read, and the beauty of the volume makes it a valued addition to a family library. The Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a full-color Greek gods family tree. See all of the Best Young Readers’ Books of 2014.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484720943
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 355
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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! ;)

    36 out of 51 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.

    32 out of 45 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

    19 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    So awesome and hilarious!!

    I just finished reading this book and i loved it! I was so funny and i learned alot of new things about greek mythology that i hadnt know before! I especially love the very last picture. Its a picture of what the illustrator thinks that 17 year old percy jackson looks like! He has his had up in a peace sign, and his head is turned so you can see his face! On all the other covers,you only see the back of his head. I love this book so much, and the pictures are absolutely beautiful! When working together, Mr.Rocco and Mr.Riordan make masterpieces! I totally reccomend this to anyone and everyone who loves to learn about greek mythology!~autumn (not my real name, for security purposes.)

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    This will be awesome!

    Can't wait!!!!!

    12 out of 36 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.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Omg

    This is gonna be good

    8 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Very, very awsome

    This is a very good book. If you want to learn how the the gods were created this is the book. Im so glad he wrote the book!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    ITS SOOOO EXPENSIVE

    Happy late birthday percy!

    5 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Please awnser!

    Someone wrote a thing on blood of olympus saying there gonna be another book called gaeas revenge read it then confirm it to me i need to know from what i read the story lines terrible and it comes out in 2015! Please let me know if its a hoax or not!!!!!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Riptide

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    4 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    A Reviewer [ For Hard Life Part One ]

    The concept is very good. The story is also, very good. Although, the only problem is you. I found punctuations, spelling, capitalizations, and grammar errors. I would recommend the writing to the professionals. <p> ~ BookWorm

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Great overview of the Greek Gods!!

    My grandson likes all the Rick Riordan books--this was no exception. He said the background on the gods was very good--now he can keep track of who's who!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Carmen

    Hi

    3 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Tap here

    Can you list all the gods and goddess

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    Terrible

    Mine was only 24 pages!! For 14.99!! Absolute waste of money!!! I wish it could be 0 stars!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    very disappointed

    I was very disappointed with this book. Really didn't make any sense to me. Didn't enjoy it at all. Although I really enjoy reading Percy Jackson books. wouldn't recommend this book to young adults.

    2 out of 9 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))

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2015

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Read! I loved the humour!

    Great Read! I loved the humour!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    Another fine example of Percy's wit!

    Percy Jackson once again narrates a book, this time describing the Greek gods and goddesses for all to understand. His humor had me laughing out loud for most of the book and the illustrations by John Rocco are amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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