George O’Connor’s Olympians: Zeus King of the Gods is an excellent companion to The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I am actually thankful that I had planned to read these two books together because I learned so much about Greek Mythology. I also think that Olympians: Zeus King of the Gods and the entire series could be used in classrooms studying Greek Mythology.
In the inside cover of the book, there is a very useful Olympians Family Tree. I referenced this text feature quite a bit while I was reading. Since it has been so long since I read the complex, interwoven stories of each god and goddess. In the graphic novel, Zeus, opens with how the solar system came to be a part of earth. I found the comic illustrations to offer a much different perspective than what I recall learning in the past.
At the end of the book, I enjoyed the thorough author’s note, greek notes, and teacher guide information. I knew that the author was well-versed in his understanding and study of Greek Mythology because of the detailed bibliography and recommended reading list.
Happy Reading and Learning!