Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by Chris Riddell

Surprisingly, despite being a big Neil Gaiman fan, I had not previously read this 2008 release from the fantasy master, which is generally classified as a juvenile novel. However, when this all-new edition, featuring extensive black & white pen illustrations by Chris Riddell, showed up in the library collection, I couldn’t pass it up. I’m glad I did grab this…Odd and the Frost Giants taps into Norse mythology and tales of the Vikings. It features the adventures of a young Norseman named Odd, who is partially lame from a childhood accident, and who finds himself on the outs with his family after his widowed mother remarries and his stepfather shuts him out. During a winter that seems to never end, Odd strikes out to make a life for himself, only to encounter a trio of talking animals — a fox, an eagle and a bear — who are the Norse gods Lodi, Odin and Thor transformed and trapped in animal form by a powerful Frost Giant who has taken over Asgard and banished its gods. This book is the tale of Odd on his quest to aid the fallen gods and stop the endless winter from enveloping his own world. Gaiman’s story is told in fairytale style, without excessive detail. And Riddell’s illustrations in this edition are beautiful to look at and complement Gaiman’s words very well.

If you have never read Odd and the Frost Giants before, I strongly recommend this version, and I recommend looking for any other books featuring the artwork of Chris Riddell, as well!

[ official Neil Gaiman web site ] | [ official Chris Riddell web site ]
Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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