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John Rocco

Author of Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

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About the Author

John Rocco grew up Barrington, Rhode Island. He studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. John collaborated with actor/comedian Whoopi Goldberg on the picture book Alice. Shortly after the project was finished he moved to Los Angeles where show more he worked as a creative director. At Walt Disney Imagineering John designed many attractions at Disney's Epcot, including the Post-Shows for Spaceship Earth and Mission Space. He also served as the art director for DisneyQuest, an interactive theme park in Downtown Disney. At Dreamworks, John was the pre-production art director for animated film Shrek. In 2005 John shifted his focus to writing and illustrating children's books and created Wolf! Wolf! which netted him the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book. His next book was Moonpowder (May 2008) followed by Fu Finds the Way (Oct 2009). John continues to collaborate with authors and has illustrated Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System (Sep 2008) for Kathleen V. Kudlinski and The Lightening Thief (Dec 2009) for Rick Riodan. He also illustrates all the covers for Rick Riordan's bestselling YA series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In 2012, his title Blackout was a Caldecott Honor recipient and made the ALA Notable Children's Books list. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Rocco on a SCBWI panel, November 2011 By SCBWI-LA_2008.rhcrayon-0238.jpg: Rita Crayon Huangderivative work: Jonathas Davi (talk) - SCBWI-LA_2008.rhcrayon-0238.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17422687

Works by John Rocco

Associated Works

The Last Olympian (2009) — Cover artist, some editions — 18,735 copies
Howl's Moving Castle (1986) — Cover artist, some editions — 12,042 copies
The Red Pyramid (2010) — Cover artist, some editions — 10,068 copies
The Blood of Olympus (2014) — Cover artist, some editions — 6,724 copies
The Sword of Summer (2015) — Cover artist, some editions — 5,676 copies
The Hidden Oracle (2016) — Cover artist, some editions — 4,691 copies
Castle in the Air (1990) — Cover artist, some editions — 4,206 copies
The Hammer of Thor (2016) — Cover artist, some editions — 3,694 copies
House of Many Ways (2008) — Cover artist, some editions — 3,067 copies
The Dark Prophecy (2017) — Cover artist, some editions — 3,054 copies
The Ship of the Dead (2017) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,833 copies
The Flint Heart (1910) — Illustrator — 264 copies
Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System (2008) — Illustrator — 79 copies
Alice (1890) — Illustrator — 75 copies
The Legend Thief (The Hunter Chronicles) (2012) — Illustrator, some editions — 27 copies
Noah Builds an Ark (2019) — Illustrator — 20 copies


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A 6 year old must journey to the local store after 5 days stuck home in a blizzard. Beautiful illustrstions and a pull-out map make it a very fun read.
mslibrarynerd | 37 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
A collection of stories from Greek mythology, told in the voice of the well known and well loved character, Percy Jackson. While reading mythology on your own is fine, there is just something so charming about how Rick Riordan writes Percy Jackson’s character. Percy finds a way to make anything interesting. The way Percy tells the Greek mythology stories and his commentary throughout the book is very enjoyable to read. Definitely worth reading.
That_Crazy_Fangirl | 46 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
The best part of this book, for me, was flipping to the end and seeing a picture of the author as a kid with giant hair. This is a fun concept and well done, but doesn't quite have the oomph I was hoping for. I think it's because the ending is just, "We don't really need our hair to be super!" That's great, but it's a tad lame. Still, the illustrations are great and I think kids will enjoy this.
LibrarianDest | 6 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |



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