Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, edited by Rick Riordan
Well, first, this book IS NOT by Rick Riordan. It is a collection of essays EDITED by him. Just stressing that because in reading some other reviews, it seemed that others assumed it was by Riordan.
Anyway. “Demigods and Monsters” is a collection of 11 essays, including:
-Monster Recognition for Beginners, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
-Why Do So Many Monsters Go Into Retail? by Cameron Dokey
-Stealing Fire From the Gods, by Paul Collins
-Would You Want to Be One of Artemis’s Hunters? by Carolyn MacCullough
-Dionysus: Who Let Him Run a Summer Camp? by Ellen Steiber
-The Gods Among Us, by Elizabeth M. Rees
-Eeny Meeny Miney Mo(m), by Jenny Han
-Percy, I Am Your Father, by Sarah Beth Durst
-Not Even the Gods Are Perfect, by Elizabeth E. Wein
-Frozen Eyeballs, by Kathi Appelt
-The Language of the Heart, by Sophie Masson
There is also a glossary of Greek myths, and a good introduction by Rick Riordan. I think my favorite part was the introduction, because for me, it was the first I’d read directly from the author on why he wrote the Percy Jackson series.
The essays are hit or miss. The book is aimed at the teen level, but I think that some of the essays will make a teen’s eyes glaze over, or they won’t understand some of the concepts. But some are quite good, and pull in other famous series teens are likely to have read, from Harry Potter to Star Wars. For readers interested in mythology, there are essays that touch on how Riordan has used and twisted myths, and also give good sources for additional reading.
If you’re head-over-heels for Percy Jackson, this may book a book to expand your reading.