Book Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman


The winter isn’t ending. Nobody knows why.
And Odd has run away from home, even though he can barely walk and has to use a crutch.
Out in the forest he encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle – three creatures with a strange story to tell.
Now Odd is faced with a stranger journey than he had ever imagined.
A journey to save Asgard, City of the Norse Gods, from the Frost Giants

My Rating:


A short but still nice children’s book introduction to the Norse Gods stories, where Odd, the son of a now dead Viking, who walks with a crutch because of his damaged leg, meets with the three main Norse gods – Odin, Thor and Loki.

He challenges The Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard and defeats them in a mental duel – knowing that to give them what they really want gives them the face to leave, without resorting to violence when confronted with those bigger than yourself.

“Odd” sounds very similar to “Bod”, the hero of Gaiman’s later work “The Graveyard Book”. Knowing how Gaiman narrates the latter book makes me think that this would be a very good story to read to a child as a bedtime treat.


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