A thrilling, wintry Nordic epic from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, weaving a tale of legend, magic and adventure which will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear and then Odd s destiny begins to change The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods Now our hero must reclaim Thor s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods This rich and layered tale of courage is told with humour and in breathtaking style by two creators at the height of their powers from the author of modern classics such as American Gods, Coraline and The Sleeper and the Spindle, Odd and the Frost Giants will leave you spellbound Lavishly produced and packed with Chris Riddell s glorious illustration enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift....
|Title||:||Odd and the Frost Giants (2016)|
|Format Type||:||Audio Book|
|Publisher||:||Bloomsbury UK Auflage 1 8 September 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||492 Pages|
|File Size||:||976 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Odd and the Frost Giants (2016) Reviews
One of my favourite stories.Already given away to some of my friends, who liked it a lot.Nicely written. And it is a typical Gaiman!Even better then some of his other stories. If you like Gaimans stories, especially about the northern gods, this little book has to become yours.The characters are lovingly described and I really like the humerous and sometimes ironically way of story telling.And Odd is a pretty much likeable boy!Btw, because it is a short story, its easily read to children or your grown-up friends in about 60 minutes.
Hab das Buch verschenkt (leider), aber der Beschenkte ist glücklich. Werde ich mir jetzt auch kaufen - na ja, jedes Gaiman-Buch lohnt.
Es handelt sich um einen nette kleine Geschichte für Kinder. Die Handlung könnte direkt aus der Prosa-Edda stammen und ist bestimmt für Kinder, die noch keine Ahnung von der Götterwelt der Germanen haben, eine spannende Lektüre.Das Buch hat 100 Seiten, die sehr groß bedruckt sind. Ein schneller Leser hat es in ca. 45 Minuten durch.Leider fehlt dem Buch komplett der typische Neil Gaiman Charm. Wenn ich es nicht gewusst hätte, wäre ich nicht darauf gekommen, dass er der Autor ist.Deshalb gibt es alles in allem auch nur drei Sterne. Eine nette Geschichte (Buch scheint fast übertrieben) für junge Leser, die aber leider nicht aus der Masse hervorsticht.
Nicht über Amazon, sondern in England gekauft. Beim Stöbern in der Kinderbuchabteilung ;-).Ich habe das Buch gerade gelesen, natürlich ging es recht "schnell". Mir hat die Geschichte aber gut gefallen, etwas Phantasie, etwas Humor. Die Illustrationen von Riddell sind auch wieder sehr schön und passend. Wenn meine Kinder älter sind, sich auch etwas zum Vorlesen/Übersetzen. Zudem hochwertige Aufmachung des Buches.
The first word that comes to mind when I think of this story is 'charming'. It has the feel of an old world myth or fairy tale. Odd isn't a disgruntled, angry youth like so many of the characters in current YA novels. He's just a quirky kid with a quick mind who loves him mother. I know, that doesn't sound like the makings of a fun adventure story full of talking animals, mischievous gods and frost giants, but that is exactly what it is. Odd's quirkiness, intelligence and humor are exactly what make the story work.The fact Odd has to puzzle out problems in order to achieve his goals, makes this a great story for parents to read to their young children. There's no horrible violence, none of the animals gets hurt, and it doesn't take itself to seriously. I especially enjoyed Odd's reasons for believing ice imprisons rainbows. It's cute and clever and adds to the magic of the story without the need for wizards in pointy hats.If you enjoy Norse myths and are up for a more light-hearted take on coming of age stories, 'Odd and the Frost Giants' is worth picking up. It's a short, happy tale to read during a gray winter day.
Why I Think Boys May Enjoy ThisWell, first off I must admit that I am a huge fanboy for anything Neil Gaiman. That being said, this middle grade story falls into the category of must-read primer to Norse Mythology (in addition to, you know, Gaiman’s recently published collection of Norse stories). This one, however, is written with that middle grade audience in mind and does so wonderfully. It’s rare to get a “new” Norse Myth story but Gaimain does this with Odd. He uses the familiar framework (Loki does something to screw things up for everyone else) and creates an entirely new myth around Odd.The story itself has an Aesop’s Fables feel to it with a familiar plot: magical animals appear to our would-be hero, who helps them even at risk to his own life. Of course, the animals turn out to be gods. In a very Viking way, however, Odd is rewarded not simply for his good heart, but for his bravery and cleverness in helping the gods take back Asgard from the Frost Giant that tricked Loki. Odd’s adventure with the gods is framed around a very nice story about a young boy losing his father and dealing with a disability, yet remaining positive and determined no matter what was placed in front of him.It would be remiss to discuss this version of the book without giving credit to the amazing illustrations by Chris Riddell. In some cases, he was given a full two-page spread to work with and he did not disappoint. With his simple black and white drawings accented in silver (which is just gorgeous and found throughout), this is one of the prettiest books I’ve held in my hands in a while. Riddell’s art amplifies Gaiman’s story in a masterful way. Visions of the Norse gods as they are presented in actual Norse myth (not the Marvel comics version) are wonderful.Content/AppropriatenessIt’s a myth story, so normal myth stuff applies: temptation by beauty, death (but nothing cruel or gruesome), and hardships for our hero followed by rewards for his performance by the gods. There is clearly no language or content concerns across the board and the only real death is an “off-screen” death of Odd’s father by illness after nearly drowning in the frozen waters of the north.The artwork is all G-rated and there is nothing to suggest that the youngest of readers couldn’t enjoy this story. It would make a great read out-loud story with its numerous large pictures and a strong reader as young as 8 could easily pick this up and run with it on their own. It is not watered/”dumbed” down for a young audience but is still more than accessible.Rating4/5 Giant Cartoon Mallets from Toonopolis, The Blog's Books for Boys Review
If I had to guess, Mr. Gaiman was plugging along on his "Norse Mythology" book, stuck this in as a chapter, then went "hey, this could be a children's book!"...Ok, probably not given the timing of everything. But the similarity of the prose between the two is simply profound. I picked this up within days of finishing Norse Mythology, and it was as though I had never stopped reading.As with all of Mr. Gamain's books, the writing in this is superb. In particular, there is something about the way he has written this and Norse Mythology that makes them feel old, in an antique, biblical sort of way. The style fits very, very well with the setting.The setting is... not what I expected. I expected a story more in the vein of Beowulf. Instead, this was a romp through the mythology of Loki (the fox), Odin (the eagle), and Thor (the bear), kicked out of Asgard by none other than the frost giants. While a good read, it wasn't great. It was, as with most mythology, oddly alien and remote. This is a fine thing, as it is a great introduction to Norse mythology for kids.With that said, this will be a book I expect my daughters to either read with me or ask a TON of questions (both of which are fine). There is simply too much subtle interaction going on in the background between the three gods for her to simply pick up and read away. If any kids book is a "this needs to be read twice to really get it," this is it.I am certainly not disappointed with the purchase. Just not quite what I expected. As a comparison to Mr. Gaiman's other kids books, this is certainly not the masterpiece of adventure/horror "Coraline" nor the silly read-it-whenever adventure of "Fortunately, the Milk." A solid, if slightly niche, addition to our growing library of Mr. Gaiman's books.