Parents' Guide to

Odd and the Frost Giants

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Mythic fantasy adventure has a tender heart.

Book Neil Gaiman Fantasy 2009
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age 10+

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age 10+

A twist on mythology that will make kids enjoy it

While this is a fairly simple book, it also is a fun twist to mythology, bringing norse gods down to the level of people who make big mistakes that need to be resolved by the hero, Odd. While Odd is an unlikely hero, he is also one that kids might identify with since he has his share of troubles and he does things in a that would make sense to kids.

Is It Any Good?

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This satisfying, compact adventure invites kids to wrestle with some morally ambiguous material, and is a good introduction to the many shades of gray in mythology. The storytelling is focused and tight, and the climactic scene between Odd and the giant offers plenty for kids -- and adults -- to think about. This is a good one to read together, curled up on the sofa, on a wintry day.

Odd lives in a brutal time and place. Might rules and the less strong are bullied and cast aside. No one quite knows what goes on in Odd’s head, and readers don’t get too close to him either. But they readily empathize with him as he seeks the comforting presence of his late father, strikes out on his own, and matter-of-factly sets out to clean up the mess when the gods have thrown up their hands. It’s no surprise that the underdog will find a way to best the mighty Frost Giant, but the moment when Odd begins to strip away the bellowing bravado, the intimidating brute strength to lay bare a lovely truth is breathtaking. “I rule Asgard!” the giant thunders. “Why?” asks Odd. That simple question, one that is never asked enough, proves to be a mighty blow.

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