Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to bring attention to all things myth related.
I was cleaning up my son's bookshelf last night when I noticed a book that I bought for him a few months ago. We had recently seen the movie Thor in theaters, and he had expressed his interest in Norse mythology. Being the awesome mom that I am, I quickly ran over to Books-a-Million to find books that he might want to read. I got lucky and found an awesome book based on Norse myths on the bargain table! To top it up off, it was written by Neil Gaiman, the author of The Graveyard Book.
In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing weather is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and a eagle-- three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined--a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it. It's going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter. Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever.... Someone just like Odd...
I will be reading this one shortly! It looks so cute! So far, my son seems to really enjoy it, which is a good thing. He doesn't tend to like anything other than Goosebumps books and Marvel comics.