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Odd and the Frost Giants Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
The fact Odd has to puzzle out problems in order to achieve his goals, makes this a great story for parents to read to their young children. There's no horrible violence, none of the animals gets hurt, and it doesn't take itself to seriously. I especially enjoyed Odd's reasons for believing ice imprisons rainbows. It's cute and clever and adds to the magic of the story without the need for wizards in pointy hats.
If you enjoy Norse myths and are up for a more light-hearted take on coming of age stories, 'Odd and the Frost Giants' is worth picking up. It's a short, happy tale to read during a gray winter day.
Odd is a good hero for children of the modern age since he's still the kind of boy that many of us can imagine becoming. Plus he's a very strong individual despite his disability, his size and of course his age, and he doesn't let any of that stand in his way. It makes him all the more endearing and not from an "against all odds" kind of inspiring way but more along the lines of a kid doing what he does best to succeed - being a kid.
This is a very easy read for adult readers and a healthy one for younger audiences. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book for what it is.
Neil Gaiman is an amazing author with great books for every age range, and this one was another solid story told with real heart and great characterizations.