Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants

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Written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by UK Laureate Chris Riddell, this new edition of the thrilling, wintry Nordic tale weaves a truly magical story of legend and adventure that will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end. This new edition is heavily illustrated and has an oversize trim, much like the New York Times bestselling The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid, and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear...and then Odd's destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods...

First published in 2009, Odd and the Frost Giants has been reimagined by acclaimed artist Chris Riddell in the style of his epic black-and-white artwork from The Sleeper and the Spindle, enhanced here with metallic silver ink.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062567956
Branch Call Number: J FIC Gaima
Characteristics: 119 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris - Illustrator

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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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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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