Foreign Cover Friday: The Lightening Thief

Foreign Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me (The Reading Fever), where foreign covers of the books we know and love are spotlighted and discussed. To join, either pick your favorite foreign cover, or pick many foreign covers, and start discussing! 

This week's featured cover is:

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

I'm trying out a new format today. I get lots of traffic from people who search for the foreign covers I post about, and I'm guessing these people are pretty upset when they finally find a cover they need and can't get the full-size file because I've put them all into my small storyboards to make them nice and neat. I'm going to try just posting small thumbnails of the covers, and then anyone can click through and get/see the full-size file. I'm also withholding commentary on the covers until the end.  Hope this works better for everyone!

In case you just skipped over that paragraph (I don't blame you; believe me), just know that you can now click on the thumbnails and see the full covers!

Now about this book: I love it. I love the entire series, and I love all the covers in the series, too. They scream adventure, danger, and "look at me, I'm the MC and I'm a boy!" The foreign covers scream the same thing to me, and you'll see why:

Covers: Dutch 
Translation: The Lightning Thief

 Covers: French
 The last cover here is actually the cover for the graphic novel, but I included it anyway.
Translation: The Lightning Thief

Covers: German
Translation: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

 Covers: Indonesian
Translation: Lightening Thief

 Covers: Italian
Translation: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

 Covers: Polish
Translation: The Lightning Thief

Covers: Portuguese
Translation: The Lightning Thief

  Covers: UK
The last cover is the awesome cover of the graphic novel.

Cover: Russian Bulgarian (Thanks Mimz!)
Translation: The Lightning Thief 

Cover: Russian

Cover: Spanish
Translation: The Lightning Thief

Whoo! So many covers! This is definitely a popular book, and I can see why. It's so fun!

Covers I like:
The first German cover; it shows Percy talking to Zeus, and you know right off that this book has to do with Greek myths. I also like the two Dutch covers up at the top; they totally rock! The one on the left actually shows something that happens in another book, but it really looks cool. The one on the right shows Percy's awesome powers he inherited from his dad.  I also really like the UK graphic novel cover; it's so cool!

Covers I don't like:
There isn't one that I really dislike. They are all appealing and relevant to the book.

What are your thoughts? 
Which covers do you like? Which do you hate?

Thanks for joining me for Foreign Cover Friday! 

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  1. I feel ya. I think I like the first Dutch one best.

  2. I always love this feature!
    I have to agree with you: no bad ones this week. They all have a similar vibe. I know it's a cover post, but you could have included the movie poster for this one as well!

  3. Juju: I hear ya. It looks so cool! Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Selina: Now that's a good idea! I hadn't thought of that, but I actually found a bunch of cool foreign movie posters as I was searching for the book covers. :)

  4. OK this is totally random, but I knew my hubs had bought this book last year but it wasn't on our bookshelf. I found it in our living room today and before I knew it I'd read 75 pages. Oh and it's one of the movie tie-in editions.

  5. What a coincidence! I love that you just picked it up and started reading it. I hope you like it! :)

  6. They're cool, aren't they? I like them too. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I really like the UK ones, as well as that first Dutch one. You're right, they're all pretty interesting and relevant. =)

  8. Yay! Thanks for stopping by Ashley! :)

  9. Wow! They are so many and so different. I think I like the Italian covers best.

  10. Alexis: I like them, especially because they tie in with the movie. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Hey! I've been going through the Foreign Cover Friday posts (I love them!) and here I noticed a small mistake: the Russian cover is actually Bulgarian. This is (one of) the Russian cover: http://posters.ec/cover/176534

    Keep it up! :)

  12. Mimz: THANK YOU! :) I'll change that right now.


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