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Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel Hardcover – Oct 12 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116967
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Rick Riordan ( is the author of The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid as well as all the books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. 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 San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Robert Venditti ( is the creator and author of The Surrogates and its prequel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. In addition to creating comics, he works at Top Shelf Productions. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attila Futaki (pencils and inks) has illustrated Sprial (Editions Carabas, June 2008) and the forthcoming The Strange Folks (2010), as well as a number of book covers and interiors. He studied at the International School of Comics in Florence. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Jose Villarrubia (coloring) is an Eisner Award-nominated colorist who has worked for every major comic book publisher. Coloring work includes Young X-Men, Crossing Midnight, and Halo Uprising. Additionally, he is an art professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 5 2011
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: This was a Cybils '10 nominee and I've just now been able to get a copy to read.

This is a graphic adaptation of the novel of the same name and even though this is the first in the series I think it will be most enjoyed by those who have read the book. As a standalone, without knowledge of the book, the graphic novel isn't really that exciting of a story. It's been some years since I read the book and this is the only one in the series I've read, and I haven't seen the movie, so my mind wasn't fresh on the events but I do remember more happening that what happened in the graphic novel. For example, I specifically remembered a scene in the book with Medusa, which never occurred in this adaptation. It felt like explanations were missing and gaps were left in the flow of the story. I'm not that crazy with the artwork either; the faces have unnatural expressions. Overall, it's still the same story, so not a bad read, but I'm not overly impressed with this graphic adaptation.
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Percy Jackson is twelve years old, has been kicked out of every school he's ever gone to, and is seen as quite a troublemaker. With ADHD and dyslexia and a reputation for trouble following him wherever he goes, Percy has learned to not get too attached to any one school, set of friends, or teachers, for that matter.

Yancey Academy has been no different, except for two things. His best friend, Grover, and his Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, seem to really care about him. While on a school field trip, Percy has quite the bad day. He almost drowns Nancy Bobofit, the school bully; gets attacked by Mrs. Dodds, the math teacher; and then gets told by everyone that there never was a teacher named Mrs. Dodds at Yancey academy.

Confused and mistrusting of the two he had come to call friends, Percy grows distant and ends up getting kicked out of yet another school. After the last day, Percy and Grover get onto the city bus to go home. While there, Percy sees three old ladies cutting a piece of yarn. Grover freaks out and asks Percy to wait for him while he runs into a store. Percy ignores him and heads home.

Through a series of bad choices and a fight with a foul-tempered, monstrous beast, Percy's mom appears to be killed and the two boys end up at Camp Half-Blood. If monsters aren't enough to take in, Percy finds out his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea, and that his uncle, Zeus, is demanding that Percy return the master lightning bolt by Summer Solstice or he'll be destroyed and another World War will begin. His only hopes are Grover and a smart-aleck girl named Annabeth.

Can Percy find the master lighting bot and save everyone's skin, or will the gods start a war bigger than anything anyone has seen before?
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It is such a great novel, the art work is really great and help gives you a face for the characters.
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Item arrived in great condition, on the date promised. It was a birthday gift for my niece and arrived on her birthday :) Thanks!
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HASH(0xa1653cb4) out of 5 stars Sometimes the Original is Simply Better Oct. 27 2010
By D. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am already a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series and many of my students love the books as well. I picked up the graphic version to appeal to some of my more reluctant readers.

Most of the major story elements are included; Percy learns he is a demigod and that his best friend is a satyr after being attacked by Mrs. Dodds, meets other demigods at Camp Half-Blood, and sets out on a quest to return a very important stolen item. However, the final product seems a bit rushed and there are some strange gaps that make the story hard to follow. My favorite part of the novel, the encounter with Medusa, is completely left out.

I might recommend this book for Percy's fans, as there are some nicely done graphics, but those new to the story would be much better off sticking to the original, no pictures version. 2.5 stars would reflect my opinion more accurately.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1653d08) out of 5 stars Good for kids and adults alike! Jan. 30 2012
By Young Mensan BookParade - Published on
Format: Paperback
The "Lightning Thief" is a book about a boy named Percy who has trouble in school. Percy has a mean, vile step-dad who does not treat him or his mother well. After the school year ends, Percy and his mother want to get away from it all and go on a vacation to Long Island. They leave for the beach and the vacation goes fine until one stormy night when Percy's best friend, Grover, shows up at his cabin without human legs! Grover has goat hooves! Percy believes that it is all a dream and Grover tells Percy's mother that a monster is coming and Percy has to go to "camp". They drive away in the storm and eventually Percy and Grover make it to Camp Half-Blood even though Percy's mother is captured. Percy then gets knocked out and goes into a coma for three days. When he wakes up he learns that he is a demigod! And not just any demigod, but the son of Poseidon, who is one of the "big three gods". Percy is shown around camp by the daughter of Athena, Annabeth. Annabeth tells him of a war between his father and the king of the gods, Zeus. Zeus believes that Percy stole his master bolt. To clear both his and his father's names, he decides to go on an adventure-filled, dangerous quest with Annabeth and Grover. The rest you will have to find out when you read the book!

My favorite part in the book was the part where Percy gets attacked by the Echidna at the top of the St. Louis Arch. Percy gets caught up at the top of the Arch with the mother of all of the world's monsters (literally). They battle and even blow a hole in the top of the building! Percy knows he will lose the battle so he jumps out of the hole! He falls hundreds of feet to the river and just when he thinks he is going to die, he lightly lands in the water and sinks to the bottom. He realizes that his clothes are not wet and that he can breathe, because he is the Son of the Sea God. After getting over the shock of the fall, he swims to the surface, gets out, and pretends to flee the scene with the rest of the tourists.

I believe that kids will love this book because it is based on one of the most famous children's series ever! They are really good books and also very educational about Greek mythology. The other good thing about the comic book is that it gives accurate visual representations of the characters when compared to the movie that had a less accurate plot, deleted key parts, and had actors who looked nothing like the characters as they were described in the book! Also, anyone who loves a comic would like this book so it could encourage these kids to read the series.

Finally, it is a good way for kids to learn a lot while still enjoying themselves because there are pictures and it isn't as daunting to read as a chapter book can be to some kids. I believe that boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 13 would enjoy this book; but truthfully, anyone could read it. I even know adults who love this series.

Reviewed by Young Mensan Ryan, age 13
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa165615c) out of 5 stars Awesome Adventure Aug. 14 2012
By Janette Fuller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Percy Jackson is a 12 year-old boy who has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He has always had a hard time in school. His mother has had to transfer him to many different schools because he always gets in trouble. His latest school, Yancy Academy, is on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art when suddenly his teacher turns into a monster and attacks Percy. He is unsure if anyone else sees this happen. He discovers that his teacher is one of the furies and is trying to kill him. His mother grows concerned and takes him away for the weekend. His best friend, Grover who turns out to be a Satyr that has been watching over him, appears and tells him he's in danger. Percy's mother takes them both to Camp Half-Blood, a camp for demigods. Demigods are the children of Gods/Goddesses and mortals. This is the only place he will be safe. Before they get to the camp a Minotaur begins chasing them. His mother is not able to cross the gates into the camp, so the Minotaur grabs her and she disintegrates into gold dust. Percy is devastated and unsure whether he will ever see her again.

Percy does not know which god his father is so he is placed in the cabin of Hermes until his father reveals his symbol to Percy. During a training game, Poseidon reveals his symbol to Percy. He is the only child of Poseidon's at the camp. There is fighting in Olympus over a stolen lightning bolt that belongs to Zeus. Zeus believes that Poseidon has stolen the bolt through Percy. Percy sets off on an adventure with Grover and Annabeth to find the bolt, which his mentor Chiron believes is in the Underworld. The three of them encounter many things. They fight Medusa, the Furies, and Ares while making their way to Hades. But will they get there in time? They only have 10 days to complete this journey and return the bolt to Zeus.

This is a fun book filled with action, adventure, and Greek Mythology. I enjoyed every page. These are similar to Harry Potter, but Greek Mythology versus wizards. I personally prefer these to the Potter series. The author initially started the story of Percy Jackson for his son, who was also diagnosed with ADHA and dyslexia. The stories were his bedtime stories. I think it is touching that this was developed between a father and son. I can imagine the two tweaking the story each night. I can't wait to see where the rest of the series takes me!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1656528) out of 5 stars Mythological Fun for All Ages Nov. 14 2012
By filmfan1068 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series is by far one of the most enjoyable book series I have ever read. I don't even want to label it children's fiction or YA (as the books get progressively darker though not as much as Harry Potter). The use of mythology in a modern/contemporary setting reveals Riordan's mastery of humor, sharp wit, and commentary on history, evolution, and society. I will admit unabashedly that it actually tops Harry Potter in that the books are more streamlined, the plot clearer, the jokes funnier, the hero isn't burdened with so much self-doubt, darkness and funk. Percy carries his heroism, his gift and ultimately his burden with a lightness of spirit not evident in Harry Potter. Perhaps it's better that way so readers can differentiate between both boy heroes. The story hurtles along at a breakneck pace but Riordan is such a good writer that he manages to slow things down at just the right time with bits of wisdom about our past and present.

Highly recommended for all ages. I'm in my third decade of life and I enjoyed this series immensely. While the new Heroes of Olympus series also feat. Percy is just as enthralling, there is something special about meeting Percy for the first time in the Lightning Thief and the graphic novel version really brings him to life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa165660c) out of 5 stars A Great Adventure Nov. 15 2012
By response they gave after I asked for help - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think the novel, The Lightning Thief, is a great children's (or anyone's!) book. It is awesome because it has amazing characters that are funny and mostly demi-gods (half human and half god)! It is a mix of Greek Mythology and American action. If you think battling Medusa while trying to save Zeus' lightning bolt in order to save the universe is exciting then this is the book for you! The book is about a life or death quest by Percy, an average kid that feels alone and "troubled." Percy battles Greek monsters, learns his best friend is half goat, and finds his true character. He learns to be a hero. It's a great book for people who like adventures and a funny, brave, and loyal 12 year old kid.

By Jordan Fisher