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The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God Hardcover – June 18, 2007
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Norwegian-born Lunge-Larsen is a veteran storyteller whose previous retellings of Scandinavian folktales include The Troll with No Heart in His Body (1999). In this picture-book-size offering, she introduces Thor, the "biggest, strongest, bravest" Norse god. Each chapter-length adventure stars the legendary figure, whose omnipotent powers and costume (he wears a magic belt that doubles his strength) easily match the trappings of contemporary superheroes. One tale imagines how Thor acquires his famous weapon of choice, a mighty hammer; another tells how a humble farm boy becomes Thor's servant and lives as the only human among gods. The stories are well paced for dramatic read-alouds, and Madsen's full-page, full-color illustrations, which have the smooth look of computer-generated animation, amplify the excitement in scenes of menacing, giant trolls tussling with chisel-jawed heroes. The author includes a bibliography, but her sources are loose and include her own "childhood memories." Pair this handsome volume, which fills a gap on the folklore shelves, with Leonard Everett Fisher's Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Norse (2002). Engberg, Gillian
"There’s a substantial glossary and pronunciation guide, and a good list for further reading, and libraries short of Norse mythology will find the book a welcome introduction." SLJ 7/1/07 School Library Journal
"The illustrations are as big and brilliant as the characters and bring the stories to life." LMC January 2008 Library Media Connection
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