Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants

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An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2016
Edition: 2016 Chris Riddell illustrated edition, First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062567956
0062567950
Branch Call Number: j GAI 2016 NVD
Characteristics: 119 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris
Alternative Title: Odd & the Frost Giants

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jenniferrabbit
Dec 01, 2016

Excellent. Another Gaiman/Riddell fairy or folk tale, great story by Neil Gaiman and wonderful, lavish pen-and-ink drawings by Chris Riddell. A Viking boy leaves home and meets Odin, Thor and Loki enchanted into a bear, an eagle and a fox. They set off together to liberate Asgard from the Frost Giants. After an adventurous journey wherein all four solve problems with their strength, cunning, leadership and intelligence they come to Asgard's woods where Odd goes on alone, the gods having made an oath not to return until the Frost Giants are defeated. Odd's kindness, good spirits and clever dialogue saves the day.

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shayshortt
Nov 08, 2016

Originally published in 2008 for World Book Day in the UK, this is a newly illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s story. This new version imitates the style and design of Chris Riddell and Gaiman’s 2014 collaboration The Sleeper and the Spindle, though Odd and the Frost Giants is a little less opulent. It lacks the semi-translucent slip cover, and the silver highlights used here provide a less striking contrast than the gold used in The Sleeper and the Spindle. However, the silver does give an appropriately cool feel to this wintery tale. Riddell’s highly detailed line art remains consistently excellent.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/11/08/odd-and-the-frost-giants/

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shayshortt
Nov 08, 2016

When Odd’s father dies while off raiding with the other Vikings, his mother eventually remarries. Feeling unwelcome in their new family, Odd decides to go live in his father’s old woodcutting lodge in the woods, even though it has been an unusually long and cold winter. It is in the woods that he meets a bear, a fox, and an eagle, but these are no ordinary animals. In fact, they claim to be the gods Thor, Loki, and Odin, banished from Asgard by a frost giant. So Odd sets out to help the gods reclaim Asgard, and bring spring back to the human realm of Midgard.

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shayshortt
Nov 08, 2016

Nobody knew what Odd was feeling on the inside. Nobody knew what he thought. And in a village on the banks of a fjord, where everybody knew everybody’s business, that was infuriating.

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