Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

She Touched the WorldI am not usually a fan of Neil Gaiman’s work, but this is a quirky little book which reads like a Norse folktale and I really liked it. Odd is a little boy whose father has died. Odd has had an accident while using his father’s axe to chop down a tree and he is lame. His stepfather is a mean man but Odd is oddly happy. He always has a smile on his face and is always positive. This year spring is late and Odd finally decides that he will go to the forest, to his father’s cabin, to try to bring spring to his village. He meets a fox and an eagle and frees an enormous bear. These events begin an adventure involving gods and frost giants and tales of mischief and trickery. Odd is a wonderful hero and uses his smile, ability to know the Frost Giant’s wants, and his cleverness to help the gods and his village. This is a charming adventure.

Posted by: Fran W.

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