Stolen Thunder; A Norse Myth

Stolen Thunder; A Norse Myth

by Shirley Climo, Alexander Koshkin
Retells with drama and humor the Norse myth about the God of Thunder and how he recovers his magic hammer, Mjolnir, from the Frost Giant, Thrym.


Retells with drama and humor the Norse myth about the God of Thunder and how he recovers his magic hammer, Mjolnir, from the Frost Giant, Thrym.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite her wordy presentation, Climo brings an unmistakable verve to this retelling of a Norse myth. Opening passages set the story in context, introducing the various gods and goddesses before describing the theft of thunder god Thor's magic hammer. Overcome with foot-stamping fury, Thor accuses prankster Loki of the crime, but Loki guesses that a giant is the culprit and flies to the giants' icy land. His instincts proven correct, he negotiates a bargain with Thrym the Frost King: the return of the hammer in exchange for Freya, goddess of beauty. An unlikely scene of cross-dressing follows, and all ends happily with Thor reunited with his precious tool. The artwork is alternately ethereal and solid, expressing mythic undertones as well as Climo's modern voice. Dark humor resonates, most noticeably in the frequent sneers that suggest that being a god is not all fun and games. Ages 6-10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Impressive, expressive artwork offers insight into Viking life. Mighty Thor has his thundering hammer snatched by Thrym, The Frost King who rules a frozen world of giants. In this picture book, the thief offers to return the pilfered hammer in exchange for marriage to the beautiful Freya, goddess of love. In a preposterous but appealing plot, Thor is disguised as the bride and retrieves his source of power.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Thor's hammer, which brings thunder, has been stolen. Loki, the trickster, is certain that Thrym, the frost giant, is the thief. He plots to retrieve the hammer and thus return harmony to Asgard, the home of the gods. Thrym strikes a bargain to surrender his booty in exchange for Freya, the Goddess of Love. Loki outwits him, and Thor is reunited with his beloved hammer-but Loki has the last laugh. Gorgeous paintings convey the majesty and unique personalities of the Norse gods.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Evocative writing and dynamic full-color illustrations bring this Norse myth to life. When Thor's magical hammer is stolen, the trickster Loki goes in search of it and discovers the thief is none other than Thrym, king of the frost giants. He is unwilling to trade the hammer for anything other than the hand of the beautiful goddess Freya in marriage. After Freya refuses to consider such a proposal, Loki convinces Thor to shave his beard and disguise himself as the bride-to-be. The moment his hammer is safely back in his hand, Thor reveals his true identity and strikes the giant down with a thunderbolt. Climo's top-notch retelling relishes the humor inherent in Thor-that epitome of masculinity-pretending to be a woman. Koshkin draws unevenly upon a variety of influences from the art world: frescoes found in the early Christian cloisters, illuminated manuscripts, symbolist paintings, and even Japanese wood engravings. But ultimately, his exotic acrylic-wash illustrations, with their rich palette of reds and golds, possess a luxuriousness that is somehow appropriate for this story. Overall, an accessible introduction to Norse mythology for children who might otherwise think they are too old for picture books.-Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
Deborah Abbott
ger for reading aloud. In this spirited Norse myth, a conflict rages between two larger-than-life characters. Thor, the most powerful god, who makes thunder with his magic hammer, Mjolnir, lives with the other gods high in the sky in Asgard. Thrym, the Frost King, lives in Jotunheim at the edge of the earth with the other giants. When Thrym slyly steals Mjolnir, a furious Thor sends the artful Loki to find the hammer. Wearing the special falcon cloak of Freya, the goddess of love, Loki flies down to Thrym and dupes Thrym into a bargain: Freya for Mjolnir. Thor and Freya are horrified, but clever Loki proposes that Thor dress up as the bride. Thor, after feasting heavily enough to raise eyebrows, grabs back the magic hammer just before Thrym tries to kiss the bride, and felling the stunned Thrym, the Thunder-maker quickly exits, forcing Loki into silence about the dress-up escapade that led to their success. Climo carefully sets the stage, establishing setting and characters. Her dramatic text, jammed with snappy dialogue and colorful emotions, is framed in gold. The lovely full- and half-page paintings, also neatly framed, heighten both the distinctive characters and the fast-moving plot. An excerpt from Longfellow's "The Challenge of Thor" is included at the story's end. Although shorter in plot than many retellings, this book is a gem, guaranteed to spark interest in mythology. Use as a read-aloud and as a resource for mythology units and recommend it for pleasure reading.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
9.57(w) x 11.07(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Alexander Koshkin has illustrated several books for Clarion. He lives in Moscow, Russia.

Shirley Climo is the author of many popular folklore books for children. She lives in Los Altos, California.

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