Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants Neil Gaiman

This slip of a book tells the story of Odd, whose name isn't all that odd in his Norse land, but he is still an odd boy. One winter, when the spring doesn't come, Odd runs away and finds an eagle, fox, and bear that are actually Odin, Loki, and Thor transformed. Odd has to help them battle the frost giants to regain control of Asgard. Of course, it's Gaiman, so it's a little weirder and a lot more awesome than that.

While not as show-stoppingly good as Coraline or The Graveyard Book, this is still a delightful read that doesn't require a background in Norse mythology to understand. I most loved the Frost Giant's reaction to Freya, whom he has long coveted, once he had her. It's a great coming-of-age adventure story for younger readers, and a sweet story for older ones. It would make a good pairing with D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths because readers are sure to want to know more about these characters.

Book Provided by... my local library

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1 comment:

Serena said...

believe it or not I still have not read Neil Gaiman! I know shameful.