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Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series Paperback – February 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 11
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771830
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Filling in the mythological—and, in some cases, psychological—background of the Percy Jackson novels, 15 writers, most of them fantasy authors, weigh in on such diverse topics as how to recognize monsters (Rosemary Clement-Moore), the ins and outs of being one of Artemis’ virgin huntresses (Carolyn McCullough), parent issues (several contributors), and why hero/monster tales have such resonance in our lives (ditto). This version of a title originally published in 2008 includes original entries revised to encompass the entire series, plus three new essays—most notably Hilari Bell’s comparison of Percy with his far less upright namesake, Perseus: The Greek Hero—New and Improved! Elizabeth Wein and Riordan himself explore the origin and significance of Percy’s dyslexia and ADHD. The role of Dionysus in both the series and in Greek myth receives a searching analysis by Ellen Steiber, and in the last and longest entry, scholar Nigel Rodgers offers an entire alphabetical glossary of ancient Greek gods, heroes, monsters, and tales and lists sites that extend the series. The high-profile authors will get readers to pick this up. Along with reference value, the collection should afford both fans and curious readers some insight into the series’ appeal. Grades 7-10. --John Peters --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Percy Jackson fans will love this book!"
—TeenReadsToo
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Love for Percy Jackson is sweeping readers everywhere -- and not just teens. Other authors love him as well, and they have something to say about him! DEMIGODS AND MONSTERS is a book of essays penned by other authors covering all things Percy Jackson.

Jenny Han gives godly parental report cards and asks if you could pick one parent out of the god realm, who would you choose? Rosemary Clement-Moore writes a lesson in recognizing monsters, for beginners, of course. Ellen Steiber attempts to answer why Dionysus isn't a poor choice for the director of Camp Half Blood. Nigel Rodgers writes a glossary of "Who's Who?" in Greek Mythology.

Cameron Dokey, Paul Collins, Carolyn MacCullough, Elizabeth M. Rees, Sarah Beth Hurst, Elizabeth E. Wein, Kathi Appelt, and Sophie Masson also write essays that are humorous, clever, odd, and just plain great.

Percy Jackson fans will love this book.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on March 22, 2009
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We recently bought Demigods and Monsters. It had the author's spin on Greek Gods and monsters as well as other authors' opinions. I liked the essay on grading the parents and parent-gods. It also had a helpful glossary of gods, heroes, myths, and monsters. It is a must-read for followers of the Percy Jackson series. Both the adult and kid in this family thoroughly enjoyed it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Hoffenberg on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Percy Jackson books are some of the best middle grade fiction I've ever read, and I think Rick Riordan is a god in his own right. He owns that market, and it is well deserved. When SmartPop offered to send me some of their catalog for review, I jumped at the chance to read other authors' thoughts on Percy and friends. Rick Riordan's introduction was very interesting and heartfelt. He created Percy, flaws and all, to validate his son's dyslexia and ADHD. His introduction was the best part of the book, and quite uplifting.

I enjoyed the life lessons some of the authors discussed. Topics included finding your identity while remaining unique and not conforming, as well as embracing and working with your differences and disabilities instead of letting them rule you. Some brought up the message that everyone is flawed, even heroes, and that sometimes disabilities can be advantageous. Good messages all around.

One essay titled Eeny Meeny Miney Mo(m) analyzed what it would be like to have the Greek Gods and Goddesses as parents. That was a pretty fun analysis. One author lectures the reader on how to spot a monster. And for those that need a refresher, the book also has a Glossary of Ancient Greek Myths.

Unlike The Girl Who was on Fire essays, which I found excellent, this set of essays did not win me over as much. I think it was because the essays were less on Percy and the books and more on Greek mythology. Don't get me wrong. I love Greek Mythology. A lot. But I wanted a more direct focus on Percy and gang, and not just comparisons and such. Not that the essays weren't great and interesting, but just not what I expected.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on September 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book totally rocked my world! :D I know... I know... I've been a Percy Jackson fan since 2010 and right now, I'm desperately waiting for the House of Hades to come out to see more of Percy and the gang. My head is now swimming with a lot of scenes from PJ's world with the constant re-reading of the previous books that I finally felt that I have to move on. So I head on to Netgalley, an excellent site to get advanced copies of soon-to-be published books, to check whether there's something special for me. It was lucky that I did. I found this book and requested it. At first, I thought I wasn't going to be approved since I'm a new blogger but surprise, surprise.
My Review

Demigods and Monsters is a compilation of comprehensive essays about anything related to the world Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It features the insights of eight famous authors (Rosemary Moore, Cameron Dokey, Paul Collins, Carolyn MacCullough, Ellen Steiber, The Gods Among Us, J&P Voelkel, Jenny Han, Sarah Beth Durst, Hilary Wagner, Hilari Bell, Elizabeth E. Wein, Kathi Appelt, Sophie Masson, Nigel Rodgers) regarding the series. And guess what? Rick Riordan himself wrote the introduction. That was just WOW.

I really appreciated what Rick wrote in the Intro that it served as my fire of inspiration to read through the whole book. Mind you, I'm not a sucker for overly technical papers that you'd just die of boredom. But this has totally changed my whole perspective of reading essays and of looking at books on a general note. I just couldn't believe that these authors could come up with a lot of takes with a supposed-to-be straightforward series. You know what, the book actually gave me this feeling of being with a wizened man and he is telling me, " You are only seeing the outside...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 4 on October 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I work at an Elementary school where many of the older kids have read a the Percy Jackson Series, I loved being able to tell them the behind the scenes facts and let them use their imaginations to take them further with other authors. I love the fact that other authors have analyzed the books and characters in Greek Mythology. I hope that many kids get the chance to read this. I have told many of them to check this book out if they want more information, I hope they do.
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