The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

February 11th, 2015 by


Submitted by Jake, Age 9 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is fabulous.It is so tense and a lot of other emotions.So I really recommend this book and if you read it you won’t be sorry.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

February 11th, 2015 by

Submitted by Riley, Age 9 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

this is a book about greek gods and a hero named Percy Jackson and his friends at Camp Half-blood. He trvles through magic lands and far away places that no demigod has travled before.If you want to know more check out the book.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

June 12th, 2014 by

Submitted by Patrick, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Do you like fantasy? Do you like sword fighting? If you do this book is for you! This book is about how a boy realizes he is the son of a god. He then goes off to a camp where he is very unique because of his godly parent. He then trains to go off on a quest to return a lightning bolt to Zeus along with 2 other campers. My favorite part was when they got trapped in a hotel that sped up time inside the hotel so that if you were in their for a month it could be a year. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, sword fighting and adventures.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

April 5th, 2014 by

Submitted by Olivia, Age 11 from Florida

Rating: ★★★★½

Percy Jackson is son of the Greek God Poseiden, and of a human. This makes him half god (a.k.a demigod). This book is an adventure in which he and his friends- Grover and Annabeth- team up to stop the so- called Lightning Thief. I reccomend this book to anyone 8+.

The Battle Of The Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

January 4th, 2013 by

Submitted by greg, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is by far the best book in the whole series of the Percy Jackson and the lightning thief.

The Mark of Athena: Book Review

November 20th, 2012 by

Mark-of-AthenaI just finished Rick Riordan’s latest installment in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena, and this is how I feel: tired. But my tiredness will not stop me from telling you about this book! This massive, really heavy, long book!

The book is 603 pages. 603 pages! So you can understand how I might feel just as tired as Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) when she was fighting her mother’s ultimate enemy, Arachne. Or as tired as Percy Jackson, Jason Grace, and Piper McClean felt when they almost drowned.

That’s right. You heard me. Percy Jackson. Son of Poseidon/Neptune. Drowning. Rick Riordan, you’ve turned my world upside down.

Here’s my take on The Mark of Athena: You should read this book. You MUST read this book. Because you want to know what happens to the demigods in the Prophecy of Seven:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call
To storm or fire, the world must fall
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death

Spoiler alert: You don’t find out in this book. Because there’s another book, The House of Hades, coming in Fall 2013! But The Mark of Athena does answer a few things about the prophecy, and you get to know each character a little more. Every time I get to know one character and decide he/she is my favorite, another pops up.

Things I Discovered While Battling the Urge To Sleep Because I Could Not Stop Reading This Book:

  • There are a lot of monsters (and therefore, monster battles) when you combine the Greek and Roman worlds. A lot. Prepare yourself. Especially with the handy-dandy glossary at the end of the book!
  • Like the other books in this series, each chapter is told from the perspective of a character. This can be good or bad, depending how attached you are to a specific character. See above comment about favoriting a character.
  • There’s a lot of romance. This can also be good or bad, depending on how much you care about that sort of thing. FYI: Dating Athena girls is tough, dating Zeus/Jupiter guys is tougher. Having a crush on someone who looks mysteriously like your long-lost love from approximately 80 years ago because you’ve been resurrected — that’s the toughest.
  • All monsters are all pretty much self-centered, ego-maniacal drama queens. Most of them also have bad fashion sense and are sadly unaware of the fact.
  • Why isn’t Octavian in this book more? The “teddy bear murderer” is so deliciously deranged.
  • The Mark of Athena in The Mark of Athena is a little coin that always reappears in Annabeth’s pocket, whereas The Mark of Athena is a giant 603-page book which does not fit in any convenient pocket known to man. Well, maybe a kangaroo’s pocket.
  • The demigods are growing up, facing fears and responsibilities — particularly, Annabeth. She’s never been just a sidekick/girlfriend for Percy, but it’s nice to get to know her even more.
  • The ending… ouch. Obviously, I won’t spoil it for you here, but it’s going to be another stressful 12 months with the *cliffhanger* at the end of this book. (Get it? Cliffhanger? For those of you who have read the book… wink wink, nudge nudge! For those of you who haven’t — get with the program).

So, have you picked up (with a forklift) The Mark of Athena yet? Leave a comment below or submit a book review — don’t worry, I won’t go all Hera on you and start smiting if you disagree!

— Nancy

Between having to wait until next fall for The House of Hades and next summer for the film adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Nancy’s pretty conflicted with the love/hate relationship she’s got going on with Rick Riordan.

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The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan

February 21st, 2012 by

son-of-neptune-rick-riordan-book-reviewSubmitted by Alexander, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I loved this book because my hero came back and had a spectaculer adventure.Percy Jackson fights two gorgons that simply wont die!This book inspired me to stand up for who i am.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

April 12th, 2011 by

The Last Olympian by Rick RiordanSubmitted by Roni, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is full of romance,excitement, and adventure. Its super thrilling and you don’t know what to expect next.
I read the whole series but this book was the best by far!!

Meet John Rocco, Rick Riordan’s Personal Illustrator

March 4th, 2010 by


John Rocco and The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition

Children's book illustrator John Rocco, with The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition.

It’s been Percy Jackson madness here on Kidsmomo (literal madness — have you heard our Kidsmomo Karaoke Tribute to PJ?) so I’m gonna write a serious blog post about some serious Percy Jackson stuff.

I GOT TO MEET THE BOOK COVER ILLUSTRATOR! HA HA! IN YO FACES!

And now that I’m done gloating (yes, very immature of me), I’ll get to the good stuff — at the event (which was held at a bookstore in Manhattan), Percy Jackson editor Jennifer Besser talked about how the original cover illustrations weren’t really working, and they then found John Rocco, illustrator extraordinaire!

Maybe “personal illustrator” to Rick Riordan is an exaggeration, but John Rocco has designed all five covers of the Percy Jackson series and he’s also working on the new Kane Chronicles series.  I made sure to capture as much as possible on video:

John talking about how he came up with the idea for the cover of The Lightning Thief:

For aspiring artists: his process is really interesting! Check out all the different versions of The Titan’s Curse:

John also took some tough questions from the audience…

And some questions led to some DRAMA!

Some more goodies from John Rocco and Jennifer Besser:

  • The new Camp Half-Blood series by Rick Riordan will be released in October 2010!
  • John enjoyed working on The Last Olympian cover the most, and often went to the Empire State Building for inspiration.
  • John also worked on the new Rick Riordan series The Kane Chronicles, and afterwards I bugged him about the water tower on the cover of The Red Pyramid — and turns out it’s not significant in the story. (I guess I went a little overboard scrutinizing the cover!)

— Nancy

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the
Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

February 16th, 2010 by

the-last-olympian-rick-riordanReviewed by: Blake, Age 10 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is the BEST and I mean BEST book I’ve ever read it’s about Percy and how he’s going to beat Kronos the Titan lord and his army of hundreds of monsters. Percy’s army there is just 40 halfbloods and if you read this book you’ll find out if Percy is the real hero that defeats the Titan lord Kronos so read this book to find out!

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