ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS

PrintE-mail Written by Andrew Musk

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman was originally published as part of World Book Day in 2008. Now, eight years later, it is being given a hardcover release which is lovingly illustrated by the UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. This deluxe hardcover edition is the perfect presentation of a children’s story that is bound to become a classic.

The story centres on Norse mythology as well as Vikings, and combines both of these into a tale about survival and courage. It is a truly magical tale which is at times chilling as the reader sees the hardship faced by the central character. The story starts with Odd, who is a Viking child whose father was lost at sea following a tragic accident. Soon after this he injures his leg and is then limited in capacity. However, a long winter sets in, which leads Odd into a great adventure of discovery. Along the way, Odd discovers a bear, a fox and an eagle who hold several secrets that will allow odd to end the long winter.

Children stories can be very difficult to pull off, with the correct balance of characterisation and plot needing to be just right to ensure it is easily readable. Luckily Neil Gaiman does this effortlessly whilst showing that friendship and teamwork can overcome any physical weakness. It’s a truly moving tale. Chris Riddell has also done a terrific job with the artwork which allows the reader to follow the story with intricate detail. It’s clear that Chris took the artwork very seriously, and will allow many children’s imaginations to run free.

Parents should immediately consider this novel to be on the top of their children’s reading lists as it contains many themes crucial to everyday life. This is one of the best children novels released and will manage to capture imaginations just like Roald Dahl and the more recent David Walliams have done in the past. A fresh and original tale of adventure.

ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS / AUTHOR: NEIL GAIMAN / PUBLISHER: BLOOMSBURY CHILDRENS / RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 8TH
{
jcomments on} 


Suggested Articles:
Originally published in Italy in 2015, this book is partly an art book, partly a biography. Essentia
Rosie Strange is a benefit fraud inspector who has just inherited her late uncle's witch museum, alt
The pressure is on for Kellen. With his sixteenth birthday approaching, the Jan’Tep initiate must
Irina is a specialised interpreter, her advanced mental implant allows her to interface with AIs and
scroll back to top
Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner