Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, Jose Villarubia

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Attila Futaki, Jose Villarubia
Release date: October 12, 2010
Pages: 128

You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson's textbooks and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
The Lightning Thief graphic novel is the first in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.  It tells the same story as the text novel, just in an illustrated format. I have not read the regular novel so I can't tell you how the two compare but the graphic novel was a fun, easy to read story about half-blood children of the Gods and their quest to stop a war brewing between the Gods.  It's an extremely quick read with very little text but plenty of gorgeous, action packed illustrations.

The Lightning Thief graphic novel can easily be read by YA readers of pretty much any age.  It does have a few more graphic scenes but nothing too bad.  It would be a good place to start teens learning about Greek mythology.


  • identity
  • isolation
  • love
  • family
  • disabilities
  • mythology

Extra content:

Murphy's Library's review: "I thought the history and the graphics were like pieces of a puzzle and it went together so well."

Mother, Daughter, & Son Book Reviews' review: "It bridged the reading levels across the group and it was an enjoyable experience for everyone, even kids who thought they hated Percy Jackson."


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