Reviews for Percy Jackson & the Olympians 2 : The Sea of Monsters


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
In this fourth in Riordan's series pitting Roman and Greek demigods against an awakening goddess Gaea, Percy and Annabeth trek through Tartarus to escape through the Doors of Death, while their friends fight their way to the Doors' mortal side to rescue them. The wisecracking teens reveal emotional depths while overcoming monsters and personal obstacles in this high velocity continuation of the gripping franchise. Glos.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2014 May/June
This is a good summary presentation of the original novel, with active and effective art, but some of the story's complexity is lost in this graphic presentation. When Thalia's tree is poisoned and the safety of Camp Half-Blood is imperiled, Percy finds himself on an unauthorized quest to the Island of Polyphemus to locate the Golden Fleece and rescue his Satyr friend Grover. The artwork is compelling, with clear page layouts and exciting compositions. Characters are well-drawn and readily identifiable. The text is adequate, but there are long stretches without it, where the pictures push the action along quite successfully. Readers will get more from the graphic novel if they are familiar with the original, and they will have to have read The Lightning Thief (Disney-Hyperion, 2005), to know who is who. The fast pace and riveting illustrations of this graphic interpretation more than compensate for any lost details. Amy Hart, Linworth Author, Belmont, Massachusetts and Brisbane, Aust alia. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 November

Gr 4-8--In this adaptation of Riordan's novel (Hyperion, 2006), Camp Half-Blood's borders have been poisoned, and Percy is off on a quest to find the healing Golden Fleece. The detailed, realistic art in full, rich color will appeal to fans of superhero comics: it is perfectly suited to the story's many action and fight scenes, none of which depict graphic violence. Fans of George O'Connor's "Olympians" series (First Second) may enjoy this similarly irreverent, action-packed view of Greek mythology. The text is succinct and witty, and there are many wordless scenes, including a few stunning pages in which Percy's friend Annabeth encounters the Sirens. Both high in quality and sure to be popular, this is a first purchase.--Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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