Recently, I’ve started reading the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I’m two books in and mildly addicted.
Well, I read the first one in one day, and had a hard time putting the second one down long enough to get work done. Maybe the addiction is a little more than “mild”.
Portrayal of Dyslexia and ADHD
Anyway, what originally drew me to this series is that Percy and the other Olympians are dyslexic and have ADHD. Needless to say, this is very unique in literature and quite refreshing.
The only problem I have with it so far is how the author only shows the symptom of word reversal in the story so far. Perhaps I missed it, but I haven’t seen any mention of any other issues, like working memory deficits, clock-reading problems or sequencing problems.
Although I realize that not all people with dyslexia exhibit all of those symptoms, the majority tend to deal with more than the reading aspect.
If it weren’t outright mentioned in various parts of the story, I’d have no idea that the kids had ADHD.
However, the creative thought prevalent with these learning differences are illustrated beautifully through Annabeth’s fascination with architecture and Percy’s style of solving problems.
Riordan’s writing style is extremely easy to read. I realize that the target market is children, much like Harry Potter, but the short sentences and crystal clear imagery makes it good for most reading levels.
Since the story is so interesting and characters are so well done, the reader’s interest is kept. If you’re a lover of Greek mythology, you’ll appreciate the great ways he portrays the mythological characters, as well.
The Three Sisters with one eye had me laughing hard enough to read the passage over a few times.
I just put the third book on hold at my local library, so I’ll write about that one once I’m done with it.
In any case, I highly suggest checking The Lightning Thiefand The Sea of Monsters, especially if your child is struggling with honing their reading skills.