Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
Average Rating:
Rate this:
An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061671739
Branch Call Number: JF GAIMA-N
Characteristics: 117 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett - Illustrator


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Nov 15, 2020

A wonderful romp through the world of the Norse gods and a great way to introduce them to children. I always love Neil Gaiman books and this was no exception. Such fun and is it any surprise that Loki had a hand in the mischief?

Jul 22, 2020

the pictures and story is real darn good

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 09, 2020

An enjoyable folktale for the family, perfectly matched by the voice of the author, Mr. Gaiman. A rare combination.

Mar 08, 2019

Wonderful, warm book, great narrating. Somebody wrote simplistic...I wonder what that person created recently...or at all...

Dec 15, 2018

This was beautiful and clever and I adored the story.

Aug 08, 2018

His voice is so wonderful to listen to. It's mesmerizing, comforting, and wonderous all at once. My kids love him.

ArapahoeStaff20 Jul 13, 2017

With no previous knowledge of Norse mythology, it was fun to get to know the characters in this short story.

Jan 18, 2017

A Norse mythology adventure story of a young boy who must outwit the frost giants so spring can return to his land. Great as a read aloud or for beginning and middle grade readers. Fairly short. Also a good audio book read aloud by the author. Not scary like many other of Gaiman's works.

Dec 01, 2016

Excellent. Another Gaiman/Riddell fairy or folk tale, great story by Neil Gaiman and wonderful, lavish pen-and-ink drawings by Chris Riddell. A Viking boy leaves home and meets Odin, Thor and Loki enchanted into a bear, an eagle and a fox. They set off together to liberate Asgard from the Frost Giants. After an adventurous journey wherein all four solve problems with their strength, cunning, leadership and intelligence they come to Asgard's woods where Odd goes on alone, the gods having made an oath not to return until the Frost Giants are defeated. Odd's kindness, good spirits and clever dialogue saves the day.

Nov 08, 2016

Originally published in 2008 for World Book Day in the UK, this is a newly illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s story. This new version imitates the style and design of Chris Riddell and Gaiman’s 2014 collaboration The Sleeper and the Spindle, though Odd and the Frost Giants is a little less opulent. It lacks the semi-translucent slip cover, and the silver highlights used here provide a less striking contrast than the gold used in The Sleeper and the Spindle. However, the silver does give an appropriately cool feel to this wintery tale. Riddell’s highly detailed line art remains consistently excellent.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2016/11/08/odd-and-the-frost-giants/

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
burgundy_dolphin_64 Jul 23, 2012

burgundy_dolphin_64 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

Oct 29, 2011

jon_k thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


Add a Summary
Nov 08, 2016

When Odd’s father dies while off raiding with the other Vikings, his mother eventually remarries. Feeling unwelcome in their new family, Odd decides to go live in his father’s old woodcutting lodge in the woods, even though it has been an unusually long and cold winter. It is in the woods that he meets a bear, a fox, and an eagle, but these are no ordinary animals. In fact, they claim to be the gods Thor, Loki, and Odin, banished from Asgard by a frost giant. So Odd sets out to help the gods reclaim Asgard, and bring spring back to the human realm of Midgard.


Add a Quote
Nov 08, 2016

Nobody knew what Odd was feeling on the inside. Nobody knew what he thought. And in a village on the banks of a fjord, where everybody knew everybody’s business, that was infuriating.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at TPL

To Top