I know they say you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but this one was calling out to me from across the bookshop. It truly is a thing of great beauty!
Written by the masterful Neil Gaiman and illustrated by the Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, you would be right to expect great things from this book – and it doesn’t disappoint!
This magical tale follows the fortunes of a Viking boy called Odd, who has already known great tragedy in his life. Fatherless, crippled and loathed by his step-father, Odd’s life is not a happy one.
One day, in the depths of Winter, Odd strikes out on his own to seek shelter in his father’s old woodcutting hut hidden deep in the forest.
A chance encounter with a mysterious fox, an eagle and a trapped bear, sees Odd set off on an adventure with the mightiest of Viking gods – Thor, Odin and Loki – to travel along rainbow bridges and help free the realm of Asgard from the clutches of the Frost Giants. He can’t help but wonder what use a crippled boy would be.
Odd soon discovers that there’s more to being a hero than simply being strong – cleverness and bravery can be even more important. His journey will see him return home a changed man.
I absolutely loved this book and read it in a day. The illustrations and words wove a web around me which transported me into Odd’s world of frost, fighting and magic. I could picture myself there in the thick of the action and feel the icy winds blowing around me.
Riddell’s beautiful illustrations are the perfect pairing with Gaiman’s spell-binding language. They really bring the story to life
A completely amazing book which I intend to share with my class as soon as possible!
7 thoughts on “‘Odd and the Frost Giants,’ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell.”
Wow this looks amazing !
I can’t wait to read this to me class!
Adam.Bond and Cameron Roberts: we like this book.
i like it. very good
we loved the sound of this book it made us realy want to read all of it so badly.it looks amazing and brilliant!!!
It’s fab. Go and request it from the school library.