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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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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
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.
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...Read more ›
Monsters and demigods are familiar to middle school children because they are also I between, inbetween childhood and adulthood. Demigods are half bids and half humans, monsters never die, they always come back as something different, but alike. This selection of stories is such a favorite of my grandson. He can identify with people who feel differently,and it gives him a better sense of identity. Children love monsters and Greek mythology, they identify with the Greek Gids, and they learn as much as they can about them. The author tells us when he visits schools the teachers are amazed at how much the children know about Greek Gods. Read this book with or after your child, I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Recommended. prisrob 06-22-15
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be honest this book is not very interesting. It would have been cooler if a demigod like Percy or Jason were narrating.Published 3 months ago by Dinindu
I THOUGHT THIS WILL HAVE PERCY JACKON STORY SO I GOT IT BUT WHEN I READ IT FOIN OUT IT DOESNT. SAD SAD SAD. BUT I LUV PERCY JACKON!Published 5 months ago by Xiaojin Yuan
Overall I love the book. Monster retail needs to re-read. Percy and estimates enter each of those retail type places for some purpose. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Twirly