The Sea of Monsters (Graphic Novel)

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The Sea of Monsters
Rick Riordan
Adapted by Robert Venditti
Art by Attila Futaki
Color by Tamas Gaspar
Lettering by Chris Dickey

This is a graphic novel retelling of the second book in the “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” series by Rick Riordan. The story starts out with Percy Jackson and his “friend” Tyson on the last day of school where some monsters attack them. After the attack they head to Camp Half Blood where they learn that the camp’s main defense (the large tree on the boarder) has been poisoned and the campers are being attacked somewhat continuously. When Clarisse is sent on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, Percy takes Annabeth and Tyson to go after her (as well as to save Grover). Although shorter than the original, this retelling is fairly consistent with Riordan’s novel. The illustrations are great at combining the realistic with the fantastical. However, there are quite a few panels on each page—most of which are simple box-shaped panels that just seem to be squished in. Perhaps this allows the story to be on fewer pages, but it also means that there is quite a lot to look at and read on each page (which hopefully won’t deter those reluctant readers that sometimes gravitate toward graphic novels). Overall, this is a good retelling of a very popular novel and will be enjoyed by many.

Disney Hyperion, 2013
ISBN: 978-142314529-5
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
AGES: Middle and High School

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