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Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

written by Rick Riordan with illustrations by John Rocco

By now, it seems as though just about everyone is familiar with THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the book that started it all for godly author Rick Riordan. Originally published in 2006, THE LIGHTNING THIEF is the first installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which spans five novels and serves as the main universe for several of Riordan’s other beloved series including The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and the Heroes of Olympus. By now, THE LIGHTNING THIEF has been translated into dozens of languages, read by millions, given the graphic novel treatment and even turned into a movie (that we don’t talk about). Now, THE LIGHTNING THIEF is given new life in the form of a beautiful illustrated edition, packed with incredible art by John Rocco.

"Funny, exciting and fast-paced....The book itself is gorgeous....Beautiful illustrations can be found on nearly every page..."

For those of you who might not be familiar with Percy’s first story, let me break it down for you: Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to get kicked out of boarding school...again. But Percy is not like the other kids at his school. Percy is a demigod, also known as a half-blood, someone with one mortal and one godly parent. It may sound cool, but try being chased all over New York City by minotaurs and having your pre-algebra teacher turn into a monster a try to kill you. Oh, and finding out that your best friend is a Satyr and your favorite teacher is actually a Centaur.

Knowing that it’s finally time to let him know the truth, Percy’s mom send him to the one place he’ll be safe: Camp Half-Blood. When Percy learns that he is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, he also discovers that he and his new demigod friends must embark on the first of many epic journeys to recover Zeus’ stolen master lightning bolt.

In a story that is funny, exciting and fast-paced, you will find yourself wanting to dive headfirst into this world of gods and monsters. If you’re new to the series, then what better place to start than the very beginning? And if you’re a long-time fan, then this new-and-improved edition of THE LIGHTNING THIEF is a must-have!

The book itself is gorgeous, of course. The physical version is meant to be proudly displayed on your coffee table or as a star of your bookshelf. Beautiful illustrations can be found on nearly every page, ranging from two-page spreads to tiny details artfully arranged around text or used as chapter headings. Even small details such as changing the page color and background to match the mood of the chapter are thoughtfully done, making this an ideal edition for parents to read along with their young readers. Hopefully the sequel, THE SEA OF MONSTERS, is next to get the illustrated treatment!

Reviewed by Katherine Szabo on August 20, 2018

Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
written by Rick Riordan with illustrations by John Rocco