Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Brett Helquist
Hardcover – HarperCollins Children’s Books – Oct 2009 – 117 pages
Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid. In this 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. 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.