Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants


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The thrilling, wintry Nordic tale by Neil Gaiman, who weaves a magical story of legend and adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid. 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 giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062567956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 124,594
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Odd and the Frost Giants 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what happened but I have just discovered Neil Galman. Since this major discovery I have decided to read all his books. So far they have all been great.
Pinky_Pye More than 1 year ago
I'm teaching a unit on Norse Mythology and I used this book for my class. All of my students enjoyed it tremendously. Mr. Gaiman's previous book, American Gods covered the Norse myths (among others) nicely but this book is more appropriate for the classroom. I highly recommend his juvenile fiction.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Odd and the Frost Giants is a fairy tale/legend style story of a strong, determined little boy named Odd, who despite being lame, alone and hated (by his new stepfather) finds his way in Norse life. Quiet and, well, odd, Odd is called on to help three gods, trapped in animal form on Earth by a vindictive giant who has seized their home. As the gods Loki, Thor and Odin spent more and more time trapped on earth they lose their selves to the bestial natures of a fox, a bear and an eagle respectively. With their home Asgard under the control of the Frost Giant spring cannot come to earth (Midgard) and the humans are doomed unless the gods resume their thrones, and their more human shapes. Hard and a little cold himself, Odd, only ten, is who Loki finds to help the trio, and through a series of clever sets of problem solving Odd, a mere human, becomes the one smart enough and reliable enough to save the gods and spring. Besides containing a subtle message that humanity is the core of the deities' strength, Odd and the Frost Giants is also a smart, blood-free tale set in a Viking era that children and adults alike will find compelling, adventurous and easy to follow. This remains one of books to cause the most anticipation in our family's nightly reading, and to engage the children strongly enough to keep them connected to the story, and to Odd, night after night (even on the nights we missed). Highly recommended for reading aloud and to give kids a taste of a world different from ours, but a little boy with all the same big feelings inside. "I like this book. I like the part when Odd was happy to go home." ~Amber, 6 "I liked this book. The snow would not melt. The giant took Asgard. That giant was so angry!" ~Leif, 9
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this! I am a big fan of Norse mythology and I think Gaiman did a great job of keeping elements of the myths and their iconic characters alive, while making it very readable, light and natural. I also loved the length of it. It's a tale and it shouldn't be dragged out in the way I think some writers might feel compelled to do. Perfect length. I love Neil Gaiman - have read most of his adult novels and LOVED American Gods and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best two lunch breaks worth of heathen story I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isnt 9.99, its 1.99
Gary_W_Olson More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants was fun, and had numerous good moments... but (and you knew there was a 'but' coming)... it felt surprisingly thin, compared to, say, 'Coraline.' The storytelling itself was fine, the mythological spin was fresh, and it certainly wasn't boring, but the emotional impact, for me, was light.
Grannie-Reader More than 1 year ago
It was delightful, touching, entertaining, and at the same time challenging to all about their vaules. Although written for children, it carries a message that can challenge us all--at any and every age. A friend loaned it to me to read, and upon completion I immediately ordered a copy for my grandson--age 8 and hopefully to be shared with his two younger sisters. The writing immediately drew one in, and captured and held one's interest right up to the last page and last sentence and the last period. Would definitely put this on everyone's "must read list". Am looking forward to reading other works from this author.
madame_le_rar More than 1 year ago
kids would like this. as an adult is very cute, easy reading that fills your head with interesting dreams :)
Book_Savvy_Dad More than 1 year ago
My son really enjoyed this book. He enjoys mythology and this provided a neat mixture of fiction from a boys perspective.
HobbitForming More than 1 year ago
Another excellent children's story from Neil Gaiman that is also fun for adults.
KKR More than 1 year ago
This is a tale set in the far north, and it involves an under rated young boy who proves that he is valuable and important. Of course it has a happy ending. I bought it as a winter book for my 9 year old twin grandsons.
LarissaBookGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Odd's father died when he was still young, it was also about this time that Odd had the accident that left his right leg crushed. Odd never really did fit in. So when one Winter refused to end and threatened the coming of Spring, Odd left the confines of the village for the woods, for peace. And it is there he makes some extraordinary friends.Odd and the Frost Giants is a journey into the past where the Gods of Norse mythology come to life, only to be saved by a twelve year old boy. When a fox, an eagle and a bear seek help to defeat the frost giants whose very presence threatens an eternal winter it is an unlikely hero who comes to their aid. A timeless narrative style conveys a story that is a little Odd but has a Giant heart.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a novella that Gaiman wrote for World Book Day, and it is wonderfully inventive. Odd is a boy who is crippled, but determined when he walks away from his stepfather's house one winter's day. He has decided that his life there is so miserable that he will be happier living in the woods. But then he rescues a bear, and the bear's traveling companions, an eagle and a fox, turn out to be three Norse gods - Odin, Loki and Thor. They are trapped in the bodies of animals by a Frost Giant, and there is a limited amount of time before they are trapped in the bodies of animals forever and winter will never leave. It is Odd by himself that has to defeat the Frost Giants and save the world - making a young boy more powerful than even the gods. Very endearing - Odd is a great boy who has an irritating smile and some decided thoughts about what he is going to do. Short enough for reluctant readers, with a good story to keep them reading.
bramon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
D-I liked this book quite a lot. B thought it was perhaps a bit too simple.
Bitter_Grace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little gem about a strangely optimistic boy named Odd and his encounter with the Frost Giants and gods of Norse mythology. And speaking of gods, Neil Gaiman seems to me the god of fantasy writing because almost everything he writes just grabs you and immerses you in a wonderful story. I particularly like the sentiment: "...magic means letting things do what they wanted to do, or be what they wanted to be..."I even enjoyed the author bio at the end, especially the part where he says that he may write more books about Odd. Yes please!
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s a sweet fable set in Norway of a crippled boy named Odd, who helps out a few Norse gods in distress. It¿s a short tale, told briskly. Odd is a good foil for the strong-willed gods, and an easy hero to cheer for.While $14.99 seems a steep pricetag for this slim volume, it is beautifully bound in blue cloth, and contains lovely pencil illustrations by Brett Helquist. Overall, this runs a big lighter than much of Gaiman¿s work, and would be a great readaloud for children who can manage to listen when there aren¿t pictures on every page, and for young readers to read on their own. Gaiman wrote it for World Book Day in the UK, an event that seeks to inspire children to read.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Odd is sort of odd, but that¿s not what his name means. In Norse, his name means `tip of a blade¿, which in my mind signifies strength. Looking at his skinny frame, watching him limp as he walks, Odd looks anything but strong. His stepfather feels the same way, always berating Odd. So, Odd decides to leave home and ventures to his father¿s hut in the forest, to live a solitary life. One day he hears something at his front door and peering out, he sees a fox. Odd fears that the fox will eat him, but also thinks that there¿s not much of him to eat. The fox beckons Odd to follow him, so he does. He is led further into the forest where he finds a bear with his paw caught in a tree hollow, the result of his attempt to get some honey. Odd sets the bear free and thus begins his journey with the fox, the bear and an eagle that has been soaring overhead throughout this adventure.Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman is a short novel inspired by Norse mythology. Odd learns that these animals can talk and the fox, the bear and the eagle have a strange story to tell. Odd, unlikely as he is, becomes their savior. Gaiman tells a cute but not overly exciting story in this new book. It is not up to the high standards set in the Graveyard Book or Coraline. Odd and the animals are interesting characters. However, the lead in to Odd¿s encounter with the Frost Giant as well as the actual encounter itself need something more¿something to sink your teeth into and, in my opinion, Odd and the Frost Giants just doesn¿t have it. While I would recommend you read the book (it won¿t take long) because you¿ll enjoy it, I more heartily recommend some of Gaiman¿s other children¿s books.
ZoharLaor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, quick read, by one of my favorite authors Neil Gaiman.The story is about a lonely boy named Odd, who lost his Viking father and his mother who was "stolen" by his father from her native Scotland. Odd tries to make it on his own by living up to his father's mythical image only to be crippled in an accident which forces his mother to get re-married.Needless to say Odd's stature in the new house is not very high.Odd runs away to his old house, only to encounter Norse gods in the form of a bear (Thor), an eagle (Odin) and a fox (Loki). Turns out they were outsmarted by the frost giants and thrown out of Asgad. On his quest to help the gods and save his people from ultimate starvation in the endless winter Odd learns about himself, his family and how to handle the curve ball thrown at all of us during our lifetime.A good point to take away from this storyThe book is written funny and simply so a pre-teen child can understand it (the recommended age of 9 -12 is perfect), the story telling is masterful, the pace is perfect, and the read is entertaining to young and old alike.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman wrote Odd and the Frost Giants for World Book Day in the UK. It is the story of Odd, a Viking child who has had some very bad luck in his short life: his father died, his leg is crushed, his mother remarries a not so kind stepfather, winter seems to never end. In frustration, Odd decides to leave his village and live in the woods. One day, Odd finds himself in the company of a fox, a bear and an eagle, and they have a story to tell Odd; a story that involves Asgard, Midgard, gods and giants, deceit and mischief and cleverness, and Odd finds himself eventually part of their story.It's a quick tale, and while it doesn't pull the reader into the heart of the story like some of his other books (The Graveyard Book, for instance), Gaiman's writing is still clever, fun and original. If you are a fan of Gaiman's work, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this story.
_Zoe_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely short children's book inspired by Norse mythology. Not being especially familiar with Norse mythology, I can't say how closely it follows a particular myth, but the well-known gods and settings are there.It's a cute story, but just too short for my liking. I didn't have enough time to really start caring about the characters, and I would have liked to get a bit deeper into the mythological background. For example, the title character encounters a pool of water with various magical properties, and there's reference to a great cost that one of the gods had to pay to drink from the pool at some point, but we never get more than this vague allusion to its history. Maybe someone more familiar with Norse myth would have appreciated this as a sort of inside joke, but I was just left with the feeling that I had missed something. Also, there were occasional very modern-sounding phrases that I found a bit jarring.So overall, while I don't regret the short time spent reading this, I can't say I was very impressed. I enjoyed Gaiman's other children's books more.
little_prof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gaiman has brought Norse mythology to life with the tale of Odd. Odd is, well, odd. He is a young man who has lost his father, lamed his leg, and been stuck with a bad example of a stepfather. But he always smiles. It really is rather irritating. When winter stretches on for several extra months Odd decides to get away from his village. There are too many people packed in the hall, drinking, fighting, and playing dangerous games. Odd takes himself off to the woods where he runs into a bear, a fox, and an eagle who are more than they appear. A frost giant has taken over Asgard and banished Odin, Thor, and Loki to Midgard in animal form. Odd throws his lot in with the three gods and soon finds himself on a quest to save Aesir and his own people from the endless winter.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a short book, so it's quite quick to read. It's about Odd, who lives in ancient Norway. Winter would not go away that year, which could bring ruin to the people. He encounters a bear, a fox and an eagle, who turn out to be gods who were tricked by the Frost Giant. The Frost Giant kicked them out of their home, and did not allow the weather to turn warm. Although Odd is small and has a lame leg, he is intelligent and brave and is willing to help the gods return to their home. It is very well written and Odd is a likable character. I think it will appeal to both boys and girls.
mikewick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The newest tale from Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants is an exciting tale drawing on Gaiman's love of Norse mythology--which is very popular in Children's lit, so if it becomes a series (which it promises to) then Odd will draw its fair share of readers. At a little over 100 pages, Odd is shorter than Riordan's Olympians series, another popular tale involving Norse Gods, so may have some appeal to younger readers or ones who look for a shorter tale. That the young hero of the book has to solve a problem that originated from Loki's lechery & drunkenness may present some problems for the youngest of readers, but mythology presents a host of issues like those (fathers eating their children, bulls mating with women, etc.). All in all, this isn't Gaiman at the top of his form, but the story may very well mature over the series.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Odd, a lame orphan boy, saves the world and rescues Odin, Thor, and Loki who have been changed into an eagle, a bear, and a fox by a frost giant, who has brought perpetual winter to Midgard, the plane that the earth is on.His solution involves figuring out what is in the block of wood that his father had started and sculpted it and, more importantly, sitting down and listening and talking with the frost giant. We, the readers, understand that the real solution have no part in the story told by the gods. The book also asks, what do you do after you have conquered the world? Can you retire gracefully back to your old life? Can you admit that you've made a mistake? And on the other hand, how do you convince the conquerer to give up his conquest.