Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki – Kevin Crossley-Holland illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

      Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki – Kevin Crossley-Holland illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love, Candlewick Studio,  (9780763695002), 2017  

Format: Hardcover  

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  This collection of Norse mythology is complemented with stark and foreboding acrylic and ink illustrations that perfectly complement the tone of the collection.  The black illustrations with a few hints of red, blue, green and yellow bring to mind the stark landscape of the frozen north.  The tales begin with a forward by the author.  Next are double page spreads with illustrations and information on the “Gods and Goddesses,” “Dwarfs and Giants,” and “The Norse World,” which details the nine worlds of Norse mythology.  The following twenty tales regale the reader with stories of Asgard, Odin, Thor and Loki.  Each tale has a title and a little moral: “In the Beginning: Be generous, be spirited and you’ll lead a happy life” and “Thor Goes Fishing: Whether or not a man has traveled far, he needs to drink.”  Readers who have enjoyed the feature films of Thor and Loki will find these tales to be very illuminating.  The book includes a glossary.   This is a wonderful collection of myths with the perfect blend of text and illustration.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who have learned about Asgard from feature films will appreciate this collection.  It would also be enjoyed by readers of Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Mythology (293.13)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes if you enjoy Norse mythology

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  12/27/17             


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