Author: Original book by Rick Riordan, graphic novel by Robert Venditti
Illustrator: Attila Futaki & Jose Villarubia
Year published: 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Number of pages: 128
Recommended age: 8+
Summary (from Amazon): You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
1. What is the story about? The story is about Percy Jackson and he needs to retrieve Zeus’ master bolt and Hade’s Helm of Darkness because they are accusing him of taking it. It takes place in a lot of places. In the beginning of the book, it takes place in Manhattan, New York. Then he travels to camp Half Blood. A place where demi gods like him learn to train and fight. He and a few of his friends go on a quest to the Underworld which is in Hollywood, California. It takes place when we live now.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I think some of the pictures in the book aren’t really what I think of them when I think of them in the chapter books. The cover is a little unexpected. I would prefer seeing him in the Underworld.
3. Who is/are the main character(s)? Can you relate to them? Do you like them? How are they like you or not? Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood are the main characters. I like Percy and Grover because they both can be very funny. I’m a little like Percy because we both have some of the same interests like our weapon of choice is a sword.
4. What is your favorite part of the story? I like the part when he fights Ares, God of War.
5. What is your least favorite part of the story? In the beginning, it’s a little boring because when I started it I know there is a lot of adventure and excitement in it but nothing interests me in the beginning.
6. Are there parts of the story that don’t make sense? It didn’t make sense that Ares wanted to start a war with his brothers.
7. How did the story make you feel? It made me feel sad at times and excited at times and sometimes it was boring.
8. What lessons did you learn from this story? Never, ever have a fight with a god!
9. Who do you think would like this book? I don’t think any of my friends would be interested in the book as I am. I might re-read the book if I finish with the Percy Jackson series, the Heroes of Olympus series and the Kane Chronicles series.
Son's Rating: ★★★★☆
What it’s about: The Lightening Thief graphic novel follows the Percy Jackson first book faithfully but makes the series accessible to a wider audience of kids who might be too intimidated to read a thick chapter book where the text isn’t broken up with illustrations. Percy Jackson discovers that he is a demi-god in this first installment and must save the world from war by finding Zeus’ masterbolt before the Summer Solstice. He will need training and his friends at Camp Half Blood to succeed.
My thoughts: I have found that the Percy Jackson series is one that kids either love or hate. It seems to appeal to kids who like gaming since it’s a plot driven action adventure series where each page is exciting and makes you desperate to read more, more, MORE!
Kids as young as first or second grade want to dive into this series — either they saw the movie or their friends are excited about this series — but it can be intimidating if the child is a newly independent reader. The graphic novel resolves this issue by giving the reader the story synopsis in a way that is true to the chapter book with all the action and excitement but with less words and allows the illustrations to help tell the story. The inferencing is an added benefit from reading the graphic novel version and I have found that it’s a nice complement to the chapter book.
I’d also recommend an audio book of The Lightening Thief along with this graphic novel as a way to get kids reading Percy Jackson when the chapter book is too challenging for them.
My bottom line: We found the graphic novel version to be especially great for a book club for boys. It bridged the reading levels across the group and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone, even kids who thought they hated Percy Jackson. Our book club for boys ranges from 2nd to 4th grade. I’d recommend this book for ages 8 and up.
Mom's Rating: ★★★½☆
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