Last week Marshmallow described Rick Riordan’s introductory book on Greek gods: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. This week she wanted to talk about a related book, again by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Sprinkles decided to join her and will be asking questions.
Sprinkles: So this week we will be talking about Rick Riordan’s book about Greek heroes. This is another 500-page book and you have been reading it over and over again.
Marshmallow: Yes, I think it is a pretty good book.
S: So what is this book about really?
M: It’s about Greek heroes like Hercules and Perseus and Theseus. And Perseus is apparently who Percy Jackson was named after.
S: I think we had learned that in one of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. It was at least in one of the movies.
M: Oh yes, I remember that scene.
S: So just like in his Greek gods book, in this one, too Percy Jackson is narrating and telling us stories about these famous heroes of ancient Greek mythology.
S: I know you knew about some of the Greek gods before. But did you know about any of the heroes in this book before reading it?
M: Yes, I knew a little bit about Theseus and Perseus, and Atalanta, and Orpheus, and Hercules.
S: Oh, I didn’t know you knew that much about all these characters. Then did you learn anything new when reading this book?
M: Yes. I didn’t know about Otrera who started the Amazons. It is kind of a sad story really. And most of them are kind of sad stories anyways. But the chapter names are really funny.
S: Tell me some of your favorites then.
M: There is one called “Phaethon Fails Driver’s Ed”. And there is “Otrera Invents the Amazons (with Free Two-Day Shipping!)”. I also like “Atalanta vs. Three Pieces of Fruit: The Ultimate Death Match”.
S: I get the point. It seems like Rick Riordan always finds amusing chapter titles.
M: Yes, in his other books, the chapter titles are funny, too.
S: There is once again an artwork insert in this book, right?
M: Yes. There are eight full-page illustrations by John Rocco in full color, in the middle of the book.
S: Is there a picture for each chapter?
M: No, there are more than eight chapters. Okay, let me count them. Twelve chapters.
S: I’m guessing folks who enjoyed other Percy Jackson books will like this book, too, right?
M: Yes. But maybe it might be better for older readers (9 and up). There are some words that some parents might not approve. But actually Percy Jackson always uses that kind of language. He does not always use bad words, but sometimes a few less savory words slip in.
S: Then again maybe this is almost always the case for middle-grade books. You told me before that the FunJungle books also have somewhat similar language.
M: That may be true.
S: Okay Marshmallow, I am guessing this is a good time to wrap up this review. Do you want to rate this book?
M: Yes! I rate it 95%.