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