Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods


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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 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."

This novel-sized paperback, complete with an insert of full-color illustrations by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, is portable and friendly, and the ideal way to introduce young readers to the classic stories.

Praise for Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

"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. . .The inevitable go-to for Percy's legions of fans who want the stories behind his stories."
-Kirkus Reviews

"The age-old stories are endlessly strong, resonant, and surprising, while the telling here is fresh, irreverent, and amusing. Percy's voice. . . John Rocco illustrates the myths with drama, verve, and clarity. A must-have addition to the Percy Jackson canon."
-Booklist Online

"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. . ."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484712375
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 968
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rick Riordan ( is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as well as the #1 best-selling The Heroes of Olympus series, and The Kane Chronicles 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.


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 More than 1 year 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
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
This book was actually really entertaining. Ive read it over and over becausw overall i just love how the story is told :) 5 stars def
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a whole different series. And after this is Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good and hilarious. Percy Jackson has an unerring sense of humor and sarcasm. This adult was quite amused. ?
Andriuhh More than 1 year ago
Rick Riordan's, Percy Jackson's Greek Gods is the funniest book I ever read! It is one of the most interesting book I've read too! Usually I hate reading for long periods of time, but when I picked up this book, time flew by with the blink of an eye. I just kept turning page after page. The way Riordan describes a character is so life like. Especially the illustrations! I love how Riordan tells the story of these gods and family like if they lived in the 21st century. It makes it so much easier to understand the story of each Olympian. And I absolutely love how he starts his introduction with "I hope I'm getting extra credit for this." Man, barely reading this first sentence I knew this book was going to be good! I am honestly a fan of books that are written this style. Like a funny, silly, but educational and PG sort of way. Also like I mentioned before, the way he describes the characters makes it so easy to follow the complicated storyline that each Olympian has. I also really love how he is so honest. He tells their stories how it is, but his version, of course. He is so blunt, like if a character is not so great looking, he will describe them as the actual beast they truly are. He does not sugar coat the characters appearance nor personality. That one of the major things that make the book funny. In addition to details, Riordan was not afraid to use the caps lock button when writing the book. I don't know why but reading sections with caps lock just makes the characters more funny and real. Adding those phrases and sentences in all caps makes the Olympians seem like a real people in history, not just like myths and legends. I applaud him for that. Not a lot of people can do that. Besides the story, the illustrations that are in this book are amazing! They are so realistic it could give a little kid the chills! But in the end, if you were to find this book years after you read it, the one thing that you will never forget is the humor that it expresses. You might forget the stories, the gods and goddesses but you will never forget how these stories were told. All in all, hands down a 100% recommendation from me. It's fun plus you learn from it, so why not?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What nimber book is this1,2,3,4,5
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When percy talks about the gods he uses his opinions about them and they are always funny
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