Last year Caramel began to review the graphic novel versions of the Rick Riordan series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. You can check out his reviews of The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. Today he finally shares with us his thoughts on the third book of the series: The Titan’s Curse. As usual, Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
(You can read Marshmallow’s review of the original book here.)
Sprinkles: So Caramel, you are back to Percy Jackson and the Olympians!
S: So it has been a while since you read the last book. So tell us a bit about what the main story line is.
C: Percy Jackson is a demigod; that means his dad is one of the Olympian gods. His is Poseidon, the god of the sea. In these books, he is trying to help the other demigods beat monsters who are trying to bring down the Olympian gods and take over the world.
S: Okay, so this sets the stage for book 3. What happens in this book?
C: Percy and his friends try to save two young demigods, Bianca and Nico, but they are stopped by monsters. Turns out the school principal is a monster, a manticore.
S: Hmm, that reminded me of the book you reviewed way back where the school teacher was a robot: My Teacher is a Robot by Jeffrey Brown.
C: Yes, except robots and manticores are different. Manticores are monsters and robots are robots. They can be friendly. And in the end, in that book, the teacher is probably not a robot. But here the principal is really a monster who is trying to deliver the two demigods to the General. And who the general is is a secret.
S: Alright. That sounds dangerous.
C: Yes. As usual Percy gets into a lot of troubles, small and large.
S: So was this book fun to read?
S: You also read the original book. What did you think of the graphic novel in relation to that?
C: As always, the graphic novel is a bit different. But not too much. Let me do a scene-by-scene comparison…
S: Okay, that sounds more like you.
C: I’ll still say that both books are fun to read.
S: What did you think of the illustrations in this version?
C: They are great!
S: To me they look a bit dark.
C: A lot is happening in the dark, at night, or inside caverns.
S: So I see, it makes sense for it to be dark.
S: So what do you think of the version of Percy in the graphic novels? Does he look like the Percy you imagined him to be when you were first reading the books?
C: Not particularly.
S: How about the Percy in the movies?
C: Nope. My Percy is the one on the cover of the original books that Marshmallow reviewed.
S: It is interesting how the first images we build for characters stay with us. Right?
S: But if you had seen the movie before the books, it might have been different. I bet when you read Harry Potter, you are seeing the movie Potter, no?
C: Yep. That is true.
S: I find that fascinating. Anyways, before we wrap up, tell me three words you’d use to describe the book.
C: Exciting, action-filled, very close to the original books.
S: Thanks. So what do you want to tell our readers as we finalize this review?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!