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Grade 3–6—Using several figures from Norse mythology, Gaiman has written a thoughtful and quietly humorous fantasy that younger Percy Jackson fans will enjoy. Twelve-year-old Odd hasn't had a good couple of years: his father died rescuing a pony that fell overboard during a Viking raid, his leg was crippled during a tree-felling accident, and his mother married a man he dislikes. So, in the midst of what should be spring ("Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die"), he sets out for a cabin in the wilderness, figuring that anything will be better than home. Soon after arriving, a fox leads him to an enormous bear whose paw is caught in a tree; a large eagle circles overhead. Odd shows kindness and bravery when helping the bear, learning afterward that these three animals are gods who have been transformed by the Frost Giant. Odd is determined to help them, and his ultimate encounter with the Frost Giant is especially interesting, tweaking the tradition of small boys getting the better of giants. Readers will also enjoy Odd's interaction with the animals, Gaiman's simple and graceful writing, and the satisfying conclusion.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL END
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My husband is reading this to our six and eight year old daughters before they go to bed. They are enjoying it.Published 1 month ago by ChicMom
Great book! I got it for my 7-yr old son but also enjoyed it myself. I thought it was nice that it includes characters (Loki and others) and places (Asgard and Midgard) from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kimberley Wilson
This is a children's book based on Norse mythology, the story of a young Viking boy named Odd (not such an odd name in Old Norse, incidentally), who goes on an adventure with some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Colin A. Brodd
This was a fun one to read. I couldn't stop and finished in one take.Published 2 months ago by Vanessa Bettencourt
I found the story charming and different, which I enjoyed very muchPublished 2 months ago by Dail G
One of the worst and most disappointing books I have read in a long, long time.
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This is a delightful tale of a boy becoming a man housed in a fable with the Norse gods. It is an enjoyable read for all ages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tovias
Light but well-paced Norse-flavored juvenalia. By Gaiman.
The audio is read by Gaiman, who is one of the rare authors who does a fantastic job reading his own material.