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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Hardcover – October 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How could it have taken five years to see a graphic-novel adaptation of such a successful property as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and one that, with its heroic destinies and epic action, seems tailor-made to the format? Riordan’s original, like Harry Potter as if reimagined by Neil Gaiman, hits all the straightforward archetypes, with young Percy Jackson clued into the secret that he’s actually the son of Greek god Poseidon, then educated at Camp Half-Blood with the other illegitimate demigods before embarking on a hero’s journey to stop a war of the Olympians. But Riordan also injected a sense of thorny reality with twists like Percy’s good-for-nothing stepfather and the entrance to Hades residing in a soulless Los Angeles. Where the slick and flashy movie version failed, Venditti’s sharp-edged writing and Futaki’s gritty and unprecious art capture the same sense of grunge amid the wonder. A timely release that can be recommended with George O’Connor’s recent Olympians graphic novels, proving that while five years may seem too long, at least the wait was worth it. Grades 6-9. --Jesse Karp

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Venditti's adaptation of the critically acclaimed first installment of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series faces a daunting challenge: to present a beloved, contemporary, young adult fantasy novel as a 128-page visual narrative. But the team succeeds in spectacular fashion. Venditti (The Surrogates) takes the story of the half-blood Percy--who discovers that he is both the son of a god and the prime suspect in a theft of cosmic implications--and forges an adaptation that does justice not simply to Riordan's story but works perfectly as a graphic novel. The book retains the excellent pacing of the original and gives a face to Riordan's vision of the mythological made modern. Futaki's artwork is exemplary, but what leaves such a lasting impression is Villarrubia's coloring, which reveals both subtlety and spectacle when needed. The graphic novel compression must, of necessity, sacrifice something, namely some of the humor of the original.—PW

Riordan's highly popular "Olympians" series (Hyperion/Disney) is now a graphic novel. Half-Blood Percy Jackson is the son of a mortal mother and the Greek god Poseidon, which explains why he has always felt out of place among his schoolmates. After learning of his paternity, he is charged with the dangerous mission of locating his Uncle Zeus's missing lightning bolt and returning this symbol of power to its rightful owner. Expert editing keeps the salient parts of the story intact while showcasing the additional storytelling capabilities that the graphic format allows. Excellent panel layout makes the story line easy to follow. The use of angled panels in highly dramatic action scenes is particularly effective. As readers follow Percy's adventures, they are also keenly aware of his personal struggles, as facial expressions help readers to relate to this boy "who doesn't fit in." Illustrations brilliantly illuminate the story, portraying seamless world-blending, from typical school drama and well-known U.S. landmarks to mythological elements. A man seated in one panel casually stands to reveal his true identity as a centaur, the eerie woman seated in the attic is an Oracle, and the Nereid of the undersea kingdom seems a natural part of Percy's world. This blend of mythology and magic with realistic action and adventure brings an added dimension and delightful nuances to this adaptation of the well-known novel. Both ardent followers of Riordan's books and those new to the series will not be disappointed.—SLJ

How could it have taken five years to see a graphic-novel adaptation of such a successful property as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and one that, with its heroic destinies and epic action, seems tailor-made to the format? Riordan's original, like Harry Potter as if reimagined by Neil Gaiman, hits all the straightforward archetypes, with young Percy Jackson clued into the secret that he's actually the son of the Greek god Poseidon, then educated at Camp Half-Blood with the other illegitimate demigods before embarking on a hero's journey to stop a war of the Olympians. But Riordan also injected a sense of thorny reality with twists like Percy's good-for-nothing stepfather and the entrance to Hades residing in a soulless Los Angeles. Where the slick and flashy movie version failed, Venditti's sharp-edged writing and Futaki's gritty and unpretentious art capture the same sense of grunge amid the wonder. A timely release that can be recommended with George O'Connor's recent Olympians graphic novels, proving that while five years may seem too long, at least the wait was worth it.—Booklist

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My 8 & 9 yr olds love this book!
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Readers who are fans of Rick Riordan, action-adventure, fantasy, graphic novels, and mythology will all enjoy THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on October 27, 2010
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on January 30, 2012
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on August 14, 2012
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?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hobbyist on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this graphic version for my classroom. I was hoping it would be a nice alternative for my struggling readers. However, this graphic version leaves out important scenes. For example, the scene with Medusa is not in this version at all! I am very disappointed that this book is said to be a version of The Lightning Thief. It should at least say "abridged." The Percy Jackson series is fantastic and my students love to read all the books. This graphic novel does the series a disservice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By response they gave after I asked for help on November 15, 2012
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.

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