If I ever meet Rick Riordan I want to give him a huge hug because his books teach my children so much. I have tried to teach them about mythology, important to the understanding of much of Western culture without out much success. Since reading Rick Riordan's books they tell me all of the time about Greek gods and Greek words. They know Percy Jackson is a modern retelling of Perseus. Then there is the story of Jason. They love it. They told me about drachma and demigods that just gets their English major mother all excited.
For the first time I see my son, Jon, loving to read.
For some reason I just can't get them into Harry Potter.
I am also reading The Hobbit to the boys and they are LOVING it! I believe that was one of the reasons for mythology, for entertainment. Myths tell beautiful wonderful stories without affecting your faith in the one true God one bit.
My daughter tells me Rick Riordan will do Norse gods next. I am so excited! I wonder if he will do Celtic myths?