Monday, October 4, 2010

The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Book Review

I'm not an expert on contemporary children's fantasy. I haven't read Fablehaven or more than the first volume of Harry Potter *gasp*. Neal wanted to read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief and I'd heard good things from other moms that I trust so I ordered the set from the Scholastic book order last month (I can still buy books for the kids).
Neal was loving it and he was begging me to read it too so while he was away for a night at camp, I decided to read it. And I really enjoyed it.

Other than the fact that the Greek gods were and apparently continue to be very immoral, thus producing the demigods that make up the story, the book is good and fun. My children and I have had to have a few discussions about the mythology. First, the gods aren't real. They get that. And second, they do bad things all the time. Their example should not be followed. I really really hope they get that.

Struggling with dyslexia and ADHD, Percy Jackson finds that these are actually attributes and strengths for heroes. Perhaps this will inspire real children to realize they have amazing potential to do great things in spite of their struggles with learning disabilities. Not only that, Percy discovers that he is the son of Poseidon and is sent on a quest to find Zeus's missing/stolen lightning bolt and thus prevent World War III. He has help from a couple of good friends and meets a lot of interesting monsters and gods along the way.

My son and I have enjoyed learning more about Greek mythology and we're both glad that I also purchased a guide to help us. I seriously need to brush up on it. Even though I enjoyed the book, I doubt I'll personally read the next four volumes. However, Neal had his light on extra late tonight and I predict he breezes through the rest in the next few weeks. He is a true fan.


Katie Stoddart said...

I bought those books for Kenz too. I read the first 2. I thought they were good, and a better book for that age than Harry Potter.

Momnerd said...

I read the first and liked it...although I haven't even tried to get the other three. And I'm not a big Fablehaven fan....but I did read all the Harry Potter books.....once they were available at the library.

PS You and Kerri won my giveaway....girls day out anyone? ;)

Marie said...

My daughter is on book three, and is obsessed.

Ammon and Jen said...

My kids and I had fun reading those books too. I know this sounds really weird, but after I read those books, I was so extremely grateful for the plan of salvation and that we know about the character and attributes of God. Can you imagine living in a world with the greek gods?