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Odd and the Frost Giants

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Charming Book

I'm teaching a unit on Norse Mythology and I used this book for my class. All of my students enjoyed it tremendously. Mr. Gaiman's previous book, American Gods covered the Norse myths (among others) nicely but this book is more appropriate for the classroom. I highly ...
I'm teaching a unit on Norse Mythology and I used this book for my class. All of my students enjoyed it tremendously. Mr. Gaiman's previous book, American Gods covered the Norse myths (among others) nicely but this book is more appropriate for the classroom. I highly recommend his juvenile fiction.

posted by Pinky_Pye on January 30, 2010

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I can't say I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. When I read the first two

I can't say I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. When I read the first two chapters of Odd and the Frost Giant I thought I was going to be. But I'm not. The first two chapters of this book made me slap down the $9.99 for the 57 page e-book---I never pay that much for an e-book let...
I can't say I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman. When I read the first two chapters of Odd and the Frost Giant I thought I was going to be. But I'm not. The first two chapters of this book made me slap down the $9.99 for the 57 page e-book---I never pay that much for an e-book let alone a 57 page one. That's how great the first two chapters were. And here I must say a hearty... BUT...

From that point on it did nothing. Nothing, but frustrate me. The character of Odd, though intriguing in the first two chapters, proved to be more one-dimensional than most characters in the Sunday funny's. That's not to say Odd and the Frost Giant is an awful book. There were moments I enjoyed, but largely I kept reading only because I had paid so much for it. The story is not really children's story (IMHO). It's about a child, and there's some mildly comical dialogue, but there's where the similarity ends. There's one moment where a brief but visceral explanation was given of what a hand ax was used for (severing flesh from bone for sacrifices to the Norse god Loki) that just felt incredibly out of place for a novel for youngsters. When the story had ended (no I won't spoil the ending for you if you still want to read it, but) something happens that left me feeling Odd had lost his childhood far too quickly. Mr. Gaiman is obviously a frequently read author, but if I had been his editor, I'd have taken him back to the beginning of chapter three and told him he needed to change almost everything after that point.

That's my mostly-humble opinion. I mean no disrespect. But my advice... Save the money, save the time, buy something that is enjoyable all the way through. I would recommend something by C.S. Lewis or even Windblowne by Stephen Messer. Although currently that is the only book of Messer's that I can recommend. I hope this review helps.

May all your Dreams be Dreams,

Geno

posted by GenoWrites on March 6, 2012

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    Charming Book

    I'm teaching a unit on Norse Mythology and I used this book for my class. All of my students enjoyed it tremendously. Mr. Gaiman's previous book, American Gods covered the Norse myths (among others) nicely but this book is more appropriate for the classroom. I highly recommend his juvenile fiction.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Boy Proves his Worth

    This is a tale set in the far north, and it involves an under rated young boy who proves that he is valuable and important. Of course it has a happy ending. I bought it as a winter book for my 9 year old twin grandsons.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    Odd, a boy with a bum leg and an odd personality, runs away from

    Odd, a boy with a bum leg and an odd personality, runs away from home after his father dies and his mother remarries. In the forest, he finds a fox, a bear, and an eagle, whom he befriends. With these new pals, Odd recaptures Asgard from the Frost Giants. A short and sweet fairy-tale like story.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    very cute and likable

    kids would like this. as an adult is very cute, easy reading that fills your head with interesting dreams :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Great Odd-ity

    I'm more accustomed to Neil Gaiman's longer stories, but this was no less of a pleasant read. Definitely a fresh take on an old Norse story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Amazing

    This is an amazing book that's for all Neil Giaman fans and soon-to-be fans. :)

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Great book for a 5th grader!

    The story kept him interested and worked well for a book report.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

    A Nice Tale

    This was enjoyable and made me curious about the original story it is based on. A nice read.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    A great book for children

    This is a cute, fun book and a quick read that seems to give a shout out to some of the past children's books that were popular half a century ago. It's simple, but a highly enjoyable story that expands a generally unknown Norse Myth and truly pulls the reader into the history and the fantasy of the Scandinavian countries. In my opinion, even though it's definitely more of a children's book than something that would be considered middle reader or young adult, the text transcends age boundaries because of some of the larger tensions that are created and Odd being such a clever main character. I recommend this book to all readers who love fantasy or Gaiman, but it's definitely for readers 8-10 years old.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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