I read and liked it before, but our son has become fascinated with mythology, so we read it aloud as a family. It worked very well. It’s extremely suspenseful, and we all enjoyed recognizing (and sometimes researching) the mythological characters and elements as they appeared in the story. We can give Riordan no better compliments than saying not only did we read well past bedtime last night in order to finish the book, the first response from our son was, “We HAVE to read the next one!”

So we’re going to pick up The Sea of Monsters today!

My son’s rating: five stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (He wrote that.)