Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Middle-Grade Review: The Lightning Thief

With The Lightning Thief one of the top movies in theaters right now, I thought it would be a good time to post a review of the book by Rick Riordan that the movie is based on. We listened to audio versions of both The Lightning Thief and its sequel, The Sea of Monsters, on family road trips a couple of years ago. Both were excellent, and Jamie, my 15-year old son, just finished reading the third book in the series, The Titan's Curse, last week - he wanted to re-read the books before seeing the movie!

An edited version of this review appeared in the April 2006 issue of Family Fun magazine:

“I accidentally vaporized my pre-algebra teacher,” says 12-year old Percy at the start of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. During a two-week road trip, my husband and I and our boys, Jamie, 11, and Craig, 7, were so riveted by the audio book that we hated to get out of the car. When the story begins with this strange admission, Percy is at a school for “troubled kids,” dealing with typical pre-teen challenges as well as some increasingly odd occurrences. Things get even stranger as Percy finds that the Greek gods he’s been learning about in Latin class are alive and well in our modern world. When Zeus’ thunderbolt is stolen, Percy and his new friends – a satyr and a daughter of Athena – set off on a cross-country quest to retrieve it from the Underworld, accessed through L.A. Combining classic Greek myths, modern settings, and a hefty dose of humor, Riordan tells a compelling story of adventure and friendship. We can’t wait for the next Percy Jackson book!

And now, we can't wait to see the movie, so we can see how one of our favorite book series has been translated to the big screen!

400 pages, Hyperion Books


Andrea said...

I hope you enjoy the movie. I haven't seen it yet.

I remember listening to it in the car and hating to stop so much that I carried the CDs around with me and even found an old Discman so I could listen in my apartment.

Danielle Zappavigna said...

after hearing so many great reviews i just ordered the set from the book depository! can't wait for it to get here!

Jamie said...

I have the first book in my TBR mountain and can hardly wait to read it! Great review!

Dropping by from Eating Y.A. Books

Julie said...

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to listen to books on road trips! What a great idea!

I have an award for you on my blog:

Time4u Book Review said...

I have read the whole series now and found them very enjoyable. Fantastic, Inoffensive adventures idealy suited to teenagers