Thursday, 13 October 2016
Book Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman & Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Odd and the Frost Giants was a surprise books in two ways. Firstly I had no idea it was being published, and secondly it found it's way to my house from the publishers. When I opened the parcel I fell in love with this book immediately. From the gorgeous hardback, the cut away front cover, the amazing illustrations and the lovey colouring of it all.
We begin the book with an introduction to Odd and his family. Odd lives with his Mother in a small village where everybody knows the ins and outs of what is going on, no secret can be hidden, except by Odd, who never shows what he is feeling or thinking. A few years after the death of his Father, Odd's Mother remarries, and Odd's Step-Father isn't the nicest person. Fed up, Odd steal some fish and makes the perilous journey across frozen lakes and through woods to his Fathers old woodcutting hut. But Odd ends up with more than he bargained for when he finds himself in the company of a fox, bear, and eagle.
I'm not going to go into detail from this point onwards, as what happens wasn't something I expected, but found I really enjoyed the story itself. Like thier previous book, Odd and the Frost Giants is a magically written book with some jaw dropping illustrations that work amazingly well together. I fell into this book with very high expectations from this duo, and I am very happy to say it does not disappoint. Not only is this book full of rich storytelling and intricate illustrations, it also has recognisable characters, that make you feel at home instantly. Odd himself is someone who you fell strangely sorry for but also proud of his spirit and determination. Odd and the Frost Giants itself is a relativity quick read, taking less than one hour to finish, and it leaves you wanting more.
Buy this book