Bulldog Library

Odd and the Frost Giants

on February 4, 2013

JF Gaiman    •    AR Reading Level: 5.0    •    AR Points: 2.0    •   Quiz #132851

Jacket.aspxOdd is an unlucky Viking.  After his father died on a Viking expedition, Odd’s leg was shattered when a large tree fell on him.  Then his mother remarried a man with seven other children and Odd’s life gets even worse!

To escape his step-family, Odd runs away.  On his journey, he encounters a fox and an eagle and decided to follow them.  The fox leads Odd to a large bear with his hand stuck in a tree.  Odd frees the bear only to find out that the bear, the fox, and the eagle can talk.  Now Odd must help free his new friends from the curse that has turned them into animals and regain their lost city from the frost giants.

Odd and the Frost Giants introduces readers to Norse mythology.  It is a short book that tells a wonderful story.  Readers will be delighted with the adventure and humor contained in this diminutive volume.  Odd is a relatable character whose adventures along side his mythic friends will lead readers on a grand adventure, and his confrontation with the frost giant provides a truly satisfying ending.  This book is highly recommended for any reader, but especially for readers who have previously enjoyed Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or the Kane Chronicles as this book is also deeply rooted in myth.

Genre: Myth/Fables/Folklore  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Gaiman, N. (2009). Odd and the Frost Giants. New York : Harper.

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