The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Category: Movie

Personal Evaluation: For the most part, the movie stayed pretty true to the book. One part that bothered me was that Annabeth said she wasn’t sure if she liked Percy or not, and in the next scene she was ready to leave camp with him and go find the lightning bolt. It seemed like there was an extra scene there that had gotten cut. I did like seeing how the director imagined the story playing out in terms of setting, though.

What might interest children: The book bugged me at first when I read it a few years ago because it smacked of Harry Potter wannabe. It still does, but I can appreciate it for what it is, and that it helps a lot of kids embrace Greek mythology. There is tons of adventure and action and danger and cool stunts like Percy healing himself with water, and learning to control water.

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