The book bunnies have all read several books by Rick Riordan, and Marshmallow has reviewed many of them. This week Caramel wanted to review a graphic novel version of the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief, adapted by Robert Venditti, with Attila Futaki, Jose Villarrubia, Orpheus Collar, and Chris Dickey. As usual, Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
(Marshmallow has already reviewed the original; see here for her review.)
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?
Caramel: It’s a graphic novel version of The Lightning Thief, which Marshmallow already reviewed.
S: So does one have to have read the actual book to follow this graphic novel?
C: Well, this book does not seem to have everything that is in the other version of the book.
S: That makes total sense. This is a much slimmer book, and graphic novels have much fewer words. So I would expect that it would skip some things.
C: Yes but I think they skipped some important things!
S: Yes, that is bound to happen, too. But if you were to read only this book, and not the full book, would you get a good story?
S: So tell me that story. What happens in this book? Tell me as if I have not read the full book.
C: Okay. There is a prophecy. It’s about a god and something stolen.
S: So is the thing that is stolen the lightning mentioned in the title?
C: Yes. Kind of. It is Zeus’s lightning bolt staff. It’s called the Master Bolt. And someone stole it. And Percy Jackson is the prime suspect.
S: So we meet Percy Jackson in this book, right? If we did not read any of the other Percy Jackson books, what should we know about him when we start this one?
C: You don’t need to know anything. The book tells you who he is.
S: So who is Percy Jackson?
C: He is a modern-day halfblood. A halfblood is a demigod. That means his dad is a god and his mom is a mortal. He learns about this in the book too. He thought he was just a regular kid before.
S: So I understand that if you liked the Percy Jackson books, you might also like to check out the graphic novel version. But let us assume you have not seen the movie or read any of the other Percy Jackson books. Would this still be an interesting story?
C: Yes. I think so.
S: To fit all the things in the original books into such a slim book would be hard, so they probably have cut out a lot, but is it still pretty action filled and exciting?
C: Yes. A lot happens. Percy fights a lot of monsters and gets into a lot of trouble. A lot of big big trouble.
S: That sounds like it would be fun to read!
S: The Percy Jackson books all are connected to Greek mythology. This one also makes the same types of connections, right?
S: So what three words would you use to describe the book?
C: Action, colorful, and mythological.
S: Hmm, I like those words. So let us wrap up this review then.
C: Yep! Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!