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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

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by Rick Riordan, John Rocco

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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


"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.

Editorial Reviews

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!

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Praise for The Last Olympian:

"Riordan masterfully orchestrates the huge cast of characters and manages a coherent, powerful tale at once exciting, philosophical and tear-jerking. The bestselling series's legions of fans will cheer their heroes on and rejoice in such a compelling conclusion to the saga."—-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The clash of modern and classical worlds is both exciting and entertaining."—-The New York Times Book Review

"The novel's winning combination of high-voltage adventure and crackling wit is balanced with scenes in which human needs, fears, and ethical choices take center stage."—-Booklist (starred review)

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Brandi Young
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods begins with a reluctant Percy wavering on whether he should tell “us” these stories because he does not want the Olympians to be angry with him again (as is his usual course). Percy eventually convinces himself that if telling us (the reader) about the Greek gods will help us survive an encounter with them in the future, then he will tell us the myths as his good deed for the week. Luckily, Percy is never short on his sarcasm and humor and adds both to every myth, along with some modern-day references. Percy starts with the creation of the world by Chaos and Gaea. He then describes with ease Kronos’s rise to power and how all of the Titans and the original twelve Greek gods came to be (and what has happened to each of them), holding the reader’s interest the entire time. This book is a wonderfully humorous collection of the original Greek myths. With titles such as “Apollo Sings and Dances and Shoots People,” “Hermes Goes to Juvie,” and “Persephone Marries Her Stalker,” what is there to not love? Combining the sarcasm and wit of Percy Jackson with the original Greek myths is a great way to hook tweens and teens on the stories without boring them. The beautiful illustrations by John Rocco enhance each story without taking away from the action and drama. There is also a list of illustrations and an index to help the reader navigate to each god or goddess with ease. Reviewer: Brandi Young; Ages 11 to 15.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—Riordan takes the classic guide to Greek myths and makes it his own, with an introduction and narration by beloved character Percy Jackson. With 19 chapters, this oversize hardcover includes a variety of stories, from the early tales of Gaea and the Titans to individual tales of gods readers encounter in the "Percy Jackson" series (Hyperion), such as Ares, Apollo, and Dionysus. Percy's irreverent voice is evident from titles such as "Hera Gets a Little Cuckoo," "Zeus Kills Everyone," and "Artemis Unleashes the Death Pig," and the stories are told in his voice with his distinctive perspective ("Another guy who got a special punishment was Sisyphus. With a name like Sissy-Fuss you have to figure the guy had issues…"). The format and illustrations are fairly traditional, considering the tone, featuring painterly depictions of the gods and their world. While these are actual tales of Greek mythology, Percy's take adds more color than would be helpful for those working on research projects or reports. The stories do make for fun reading, however, and might work as starting points for schoolwork. This original and wildly entertaining spin on Greek mythology is bound to be popular among fans of the series.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
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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Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so good. I finished it yesterday. Well done rick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
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This book please
Anonymous 12 months ago
OH. MY. GODS. This book is so fantastic! Need to kmow where wine came from? Or how we get lightning? Well Mr. Percy Jackson's got your back! You will learn about all twelve Olympians in this book. P.S, I am a demigod child of Athena no joke, you can take a quiz to see if you are a demigod. With luck fighting, Olivia Welhoelter
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first version of yandere simulater O-O
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best. Book. Ever. Ok, there was one thing i did not like about it. Gods LOVED having kids. Just saying. Ya know what, forget it. Its still the BEST. BOOK. EVER. TEAM LEO (Totally random, I know.)
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
Great Read! I loved the humour!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We went to the store for a short visit as the last stop of playdate. My 8 years old started reading this book right there in the store, as if she won't go back home until she finish it... making other moms jaw dropped. The book was letter-sized big book with 300plus pages. My daughter loves other Rick Riordan's books such as all 5 series of Lightning Thief, The Heroes of Olympus series, etc. But, when she find this Percy Jackson's Greek Gods book, she just went crazy. We bought the book which she finished up in 2 days. Her comments? She said it connects the dots of the other series she read in the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must-have item for every library. Percy Jackson is a super popular series and the kiddos won't want to put this one down. The only downside to this book is it's size. It is huge and very heavy; like a coffee table book. No little kiddo should have to carry this behemoth book around; and the book won't fare well in backpacks if they do decide to check it out, which they will regardless of it's size because it's "Percy Jackson"!!! Students can't resist it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zeus ~ Ruler of the Gods ~ God of Lightning <br> Hera ~ Queen of the Gods ~ Goddess of Marriage/Family <br> Aphrodite ~ Goddess of Love <br> Apollo ~ God of the Oracle, Archery, and numerous others <br> Ares ~ God of War <br> Artemis ~ Goddess of the Moon Athena ~ Goddess of Wisdom Demeter ~ Goddess of Harvest Dionysus ~ God of Wine <br> Eris ~ Goddess of Chaos {Or something like that} <br> Fortuna ~ Goddess of Fortune/Luck <br> Gaea ~ Technically Goddess of the Earth <br> Hades ~ God of the Underworld <br> Hecate ~ Goddess of Magic <br> Helios ~ God of the Sun <br> Hephaestus ~ God of Fire and the Forge <br> Hermes ~ God of Thieves and Mischief<br> Hestia ~ Goddess of the Hearth Hypnos ~ God of Sleep/Slumber <br> Iris ~ Goddess of Rainbows <br> Janet ~ God of . . . . Confusion? Or Decisions. <br> Kymopoleia ~ Goddess of Sea Storms <br> Nemisis ~ Goddess of Revenge <br> Nike ~ Goddess of Luck <br> Persephone ~ Goddess of . . . . I dunno, actually. xD <br> Poseidon ~ God of the Sea <br> Thanatos ~ God of Death <br> I'm so sad. I can't remember any more.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Tells you about the Greek gods, goddesses, and monsters
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ASOME BooK MUST Buy PARENTS GET for kids having a hard time mytholedgy . MOst Buy most breath.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so helpful for my mitholgy class
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love u;) jk, but i do love what u did<3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grover took some time to coax back to normal. Everyday at 6:00 in the morning, we would take long walks on the beach, talking, until breakfast began. Grover would now sit with Percy.I was happy when he was back to normal. All four of us were friends now. Until the first day of Demigod Qudditch. It required flying knowledge not with wings, but with broomsticks. Percy and Annabeth didn't know anything, but me and Grover did. So we signed up and we got up at 7:30 AM for practice. Chiron showed us different kinds of moves that he learned. When all 24 of us mastered those moves, we were ready for our first match. Chiron spilt us in two teams of 12. One team was called Zeus, and the other was Hercules. I was on Team Zeus along with Grover. Cassidy was on Team Hercules. Chiron said that the first team to score one thousand points won the match. Chiron blew the whistle, and the game began. Team Zeus scored one hundred points first. We cheered. Hercules caught the Qaffule, which the scoring ball. I flew after a boy from the Ares cabin and the ball slipped from his fingertips. I dived underneath him and caught the Qaffule. I flew past Demitier cabin and Ares cabin, and the ball flew in through the goalpost. Chiron yelled through a megaphone, "Zeus Team, two hundred points! Hercules Team, zero points!" Team Hercules scowled and payed more attention this time. I found out that flew better than Johannah Mason from Hermes cabin. I helped score Team Zeus nine hundred points! One more throw and Zeus would win the match. Hercules was at three hundred points. Suddenly, Cassidy flew by me with the Quaffle in hand. She was about to throw when I caught it and threw it...straight in the goalpost! Chiron said, "TEAM ZEUS WINS!!!" I was the star of Hermes and Athena. Maybe I wasn't bad at Demigod Quddicth after all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago