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Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
     

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes

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by Rick Riordan
 

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Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear's Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy,
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Overview

Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear's Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy,
(I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans—and for anyone who needs a hero.

So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people.

Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths.

Ready? Sweet. Let's do this.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK HEROES"

Percy Jackson, the narrator of Riordan's novels, has returned to retell traditional Greek myths. Written from Percy's first-person point of view, the book tells a dozen stories, including the original Perseus and the Gorgons, Eros and Psyche, and Atalanta. Complemented by Rocco's elegant paintings, and printed on the thick smooth paper one expects in an art reference, this book is a unique combination: classical Greek myth reference and a very 21st-century retelling. . .it is a joy to read or read aloud, with enough humor to entice and entertain adults, reluctant readers, and mythology fans, as well as fans of Riordan's earlier books. If you can, buy two: one for reference and one to circulate."—VOYA

PRAISE FOR PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK HEROES"

A colorful and quite enormous companion volume to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014), this inviting book retells the stories of 12 notable figures from Greek mythology. . .Riordan casts a wide net in choosing his heroes, and the inclusion of four women in this traditionally male-dominated category broadens the book's appeal as well as its scope. Written in the voice of Percy Jackson, these ancient stories sound fresh and vital. Rocco contributes many beautifully composed and dramatic paintings, from full-page action scenes to vertical side panels to small portraits at chapter headings."—Booklist

Publishers Weekly
08/31/2015
The demigod son of Poseidon offers his take on 12 figures from Greek myth in this irreverent and informative follow-up to Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014). Jokey contemporary references appear in quick succession (“We know you have a lot of options when choosing a directional wind, and we appreciate your business,” Zephyrus, god of the west wind, tells Psyche); Rocco takes a comparatively old-school approach with his moody portraits of Hercules, Atalanta, and others. Percy’s existing fans and newcomers will be equally delighted. It’s worth it just to watch Riordan/Percy squirm through the myths’ ickier details, such as Pasiphaë’s seduction of a bull: “This is a good time for all of us to put down the book again, run around in circles screaming, ‘Ewww!’ and wash our eyes out with Visine.” Ages 8–12. Agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Aug.)
VOYA, October 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 4) - Beth Karpas
Percy Jackson, the narrator of Riordan’s novels, has returned to retell traditional Greek myths. Written from Percy’s first-person point of view, the book tells a dozen stories, including the original Perseus and the Gorgons, Eros and Psyche, and Atalanta. These are the same stories one would find in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (Little, Brown, 1942), but they are written with present-day teen vernacular and references. Gods start conversations with “’Sup,” and the zephyr wind sounds like a flight attendant as it warns passengers not to disable lavatory smoke detectors. It is still ancient Greece, with flying shoes, three-headed dogs, and drachma, but one thousand drachma buys an iTunes gift card; the shoes come from Hermes in a UPS uniform; and the dog guarding the underworld is a rottweiler. Complemented by Rocco’s elegant paintings, and printed on the thick smooth paper one expects in an art reference, this book is a unique combination: classical Greek myth reference and a very 21st-century retelling of the same. In fact, there are so many timely modern references that in a few years this volume may need as many annotations as those more traditional retellings. For the time being, however, it is a joy to read or read aloud, with enough humor to entice and entertain adults, reluctant readers, and mythology fans, as well as fans of Riordan’s earlier books. If you can, buy two: one for reference and one to circulate. Reviewer: Beth Karpas; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
11/01/2015
Gr 4–8—Having dished out the goods on the gods in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (Disney-Hyperion, 2014), Percy now turns his attention to his fellow demigods. With typical snark, he describes the exploits and pitfalls of 12 of ancient Greece's best (or, at least, most notorious) heroes. Familiar characters including Daedalus and Theseus are joined by lesser-known names such as Cyrene and Bellerophon, and readers are sure to chuckle at chapter headings such as "Phaethon Fails Driver's Ed" and "Hercules Does Twelve Stupid Things." The chapters vary greatly in length, with Orpheus taking up just 17 pages, while Hercules's labors span nearly 100. Though the majority of the heroes featured are male, four fearless females also have a chance to shine. There are frequent pop culture references spanning everything from Frozen to Call of Duty, as well as occasional shout-outs to Percy's companions from his own adventures. This hefty tome is sure to be popular with Riordan's many fans, though readers looking for a more scholarly take on ancient lore may want to search elsewhere. Rocco's painterly illustrations lend an air of gravitas to Percy's banter, and while the tone of the book is light, the accompanying maps and index are suitably detailed. VERDICT Though it will no doubt eventually feel dated, this companion to Riordan's most popular works is a definite purchase for most libraries.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2015-07-22
In a similarly hefty companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014), the most voluble of Poseidon's many sons dishes on a dozen more ancient relatives and fellow demigods. Riordan averts his young yarn spinner's eyes from the sex but not the stupidity, violence, malice, or bad choices that drive so many of the old tales. He leavens full, refreshingly tart accounts of the ups and downs of such higher-profile heroes as Theseus, Orpheus, Hercules, and Jason with the lesser-known but often equally awesome exploits of such butt-kicking ladies as Atalanta, Otrera (the first Amazon), and lion-wrestling Cyrene. In thought-provoking contrast, Psyche comes off as no less heroic, even though her story is less about general slaughter than the tough "Iron Housewives quests" Aphrodite forces her to undertake to rescue her beloved Eros. Furthermore, along with snarky chapter heads ("Phaethon Fails Driver's Ed"), the contemporary labor includes references to Jay-Z, Apple Maps, god-to-god texting, and the like—not to mention the way the narrator makes fun of hard-to-pronounce names and points up such character flaws as ADHD (Theseus) and anger management issues (Hercules). The breezy treatment effectively blows off at least some of the dust obscuring the timeless themes in each hero's career. In Rocco's melodramatically murky illustrations, men and women alike display rippling thews and plenty of skin as they battle ravening monsters. Tales that "lay out your options for painful and interesting ways to die." And to live. (maps, index) (Mythology. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484776438
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
02/21/2017
Series:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
649
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of three #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on Greek mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and the Heroes of Olympus, based on Greek and Roman mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. The first book in his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy based on Norse mythology, The Sword of Summer, also debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. Rick lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.

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 several of his own picture books, including Blizzard and the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times best-selling 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, and he recently co-authored a novel, Swim That Rock, with Jay Primiano. 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.

Brief Biography

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

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Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome retelling of some of the most famous greek myths,telling famous stories (like Hercules) and also some greek myths I've never read before, (like Psyche and Otrera) diving deeper than most mythology books, telling parts of the famous stories that I've never heard of before. And it's narrated (in a funny, sarcastic way) by Percy jackson himself. RR's writing adds a new dimension to the old myths, and gives more personality to the main characters, in a humourous way. For instance, how Theseus is portrayed as super ADHD, "Theseus slays the mighty-- oh, look a bunny rabbit" and Belerophon as acidentally destroying nearly everything he touches. Definitely the most entertaining portrayal of greek myths and heroes that I've ever read. I would totally reccomend this book. Oh, and to the people asking for Leo to be in this book, these stories are retellings of greek myths. Rick isn't making up any of these characters, or their stories. (Actually, though, Percy does mention Leo after this incident with a guy named Leos in one of the myths.) (Oops, this book isn't supposed to be out yet.... hehe... I got it from CHB Austin. Great place, go there.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree! Leo SHOULD be one of the heros. #ALL DA LADIES LUV LEO!!! -Y0$#! Or Yo$hi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*AWSOME *FUNNY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book not on the nook though and its signed by Rick Riordan and John Rocco. Whatever you other people are saying about this book being made up-I have no words for you.
BookLover744 3 months ago
Great book.
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
We all have some notion of the Greek myths and heroes from school and pop culture. But if you were to ask me about a specific hero's story, I would be hard-pressed to tell you about it. This is why Rick Riodan's middle grade books are so important (and why books about other culture's myths need to be published). They make these stories accessible. I listened to this as an audio book and I must say it was lots of fun. If you have read any of the Percy Jackson books, you will instantly feel at home with the breezy style as Riodan's character Percy is the narrator. How would a teenage boy describe Jason and the Argonauts? What would he emphasize? You guessed it: All the crazy bits! While the novel tends to gloss over the moral issues these stories were originally designed to showcase, the author did point out the obvious sexism and gender disparity in the stories. I appreciated this as many girls will read this book. Most of the stories move along at a quick pace, but the story of Hercules does drag the novel down. Of the many stories of Hercules Rick Riodan could have told, he chose the ten tasks that he had to perform to atone for killing his family (Yes, those were the good old days where this would excuse mass murder). Each of the ten (actually twelve) tasks are detailed and it just goes on and on). I think if I were to read this in print form, I would have skipped around and used this book as a reference when I wanted to know about a particular Greek hero. If one reads this as a straight up novel, it tends to get tedious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With Percy's familiar writing style, this book provides a hilarious yet insightful guide to ancient greek history. By adding personal touhes, the story was so funny and close to home! I definitely reccomend it- SailorPig23
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing
Anonymous 12 days ago
Percy Jackson is a fabulous series. I have read all the books and... spoiler alert! It's one of the best series because it has an amazing storyline and the ending of each paragraph, chapter, and book are a cliff-hanger. I sugest you read it too!!!
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Love love love this book and the percy jackson series
Anonymous 6 months ago
WHY CAN'T ANYONE SPELL OTHER THAN ME?!?!?
Anonymous 8 months ago
I LOVE PJO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH IT IS MY OBBSESSION FOREVER! READ TRIALS OF APOLLO!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love your fanfiction! I like that Percy and Sky became soulmates! Do more. I'll read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I soon had a difficult choice to make: Percy or Grover. Son of Poseidon of a centaur. I really didn't want to break the laws of Mount Olympus. So I chose Percy. Since then, all four of us were completeing quests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!!
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At kingdom keeper res two
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can tell this book is going 2 be amazing because ive read percy jackson's greek gods !! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss the back of your hand three times then post this to three diffrent books and you will get a free i pad under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off what is up with yall and being crazy for Leo i personaly dont understand it. In my not very important thoughts on it is that all of the charectors are pure genious and it is easy (not that i have ever been in the sitch in which i had to save the world) to relate to them. But that is not the point please excuse my ADHD. This stroy showing all the old greek mythes is super funny very inlightening and down right amazing. I personaly am very happy to have this book cause it gives a more detailed immage to stories only partly told in the percy jackson and heroes of olympus series. Which i totally think u should read btw. Also last compent i am not an 80year old person i just love talking reading and so on so why not be crazy with it? Peace out from Texas!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had the feeling of wanting to be a demigod? Now you can! Go to the demigod camp at 'Athenian Constitution' first result to meet the other campers! Don't be afraid to start socializing right away, see you there!