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Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Long-recognized master of Norse mythology Kevin Crossley-Holland pairs with award-winning artist Jeffrey Alan Love for an exceptional look at the Viking gods.

A collaboration by two talented creators provides the perfect means to delve into Norse mythology and pore over the enthralling exploits of all-powerful Odin; mighty Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir; and Loki, the infamou
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 28th 2017 by Candlewick Studio
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*Rated 3.5/5 stars*

A really enjoyable introduction to Norse mythology, something I've very much been in need of for awhile! Simple writing style as it's written for a younger audience, but I love how the stories are woven together into a sort of timeline even though the myths don't necessarily fit together - effectively creating an easy-to-follow story. The art style wasn't entirely to my taste, as it didn't seem to fit the stories all the well (in my eyes), but they did support the stories pre
Christine Spoors
This was a really great book retelling the Norse myths. It’s filled with brilliant illustrations by Jeffrey Alan Love and I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to read all about the myths.

I must admit that I put this book down for a few months after I originally started it, simply because I feel like once you’ve read the Norse myths once you know everything that will happen. However, I am glad I picked this up again a few months later & I think if I was to recommend any book of th
Thomas Ray
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: trivia, para-ninos
These are the stories on which Rick Riordan riffs in his Magnus Chase chronicles.
Jul 24, 2020 added it
Reading Rush #3

Challenge: read a book that inspired a movie you've seen (this counts as inspiration for Thor, right?)

Mostly, this left me wanting to read more Norse Myths (hello, I'm a Mythology geek) and a dire need to read The Sword of Summer again.

Good book! The illustrations are cool! The writing was weird! Mythology is wonderfully weird!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My guess is, what you won't know about Odin, Thor and Loki after reading this anthology probably isn't worth knowing.

I fall into the category of enthusiasts who like mythology a great deal, but who don't have a fantastic aptitude for learning about it. This book was perfectly aimed at educating someone like me, whilst enticing me in with interesting illustrations and incredibly told tales of the Gods of the Vikings.

Told in an almost whimsical, fairy tale way whilst still adequately portraying s
Leonard Kim
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe I should have given this 4 stars. It’s a bit of unfortunate timing that Gaiman‘s version came out the same year. I think this is a little less accessible than Gaiman and a little less informative and scholarly than Crossley-Holland’s own earlier version, so there’s some question of the necessity of this.
This is a truly stunning book and one which will be enjoyed by not only kids but adults too. ‘Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki’ is a large hardback book about A4 in height but a bit wider and is filled with thick matt pages. The paper is the heavy kind making this a weighty book to hold and I’d advice putting it down while reading it. There are stunning illustrations just like the ones on the cover that give this book and the tales told within an interesting and dark atmosphere.

The book
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-format-book, mythoi
This was an actual interesting mythoi book and one that I enjoyed since unlike other Nordic collections this was a book that attempted to put the stories into some semblance of order even though both the very first as well as the last story didn't even really have to be included. Fortunately, though, for their inclusions they do help to contribute even more information for the reader, especially for those who may not have attempted such stories before.

The author has attempted to make a brief c
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
An in-depth, lyrical and powerful re-telling of the major Norse myths, this book combines fast-paced story-telling with dark and amazing illustrations by Jeffrey Alan Love. The stories are dark and well-told, the book balanced in a traditional cycle framed as a story being told by mythical judges to an ancient king. The author's knowledge of Norse mythology is extensive and enthusiastic, and this shows in every story. That said, the author has made very little effort to reflect the contemporary ...more
Carro Herdegen
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language – G (0 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG; Violence – PG; This book is a compilation of short stories that were passed down as myths of the Norse people. All of the gods have parts to play, though Thor becomes more of a focus in the second half of the stories, as they live in a tenuous balance with the giants, dwarfs, and each other. I think that it is important to point out that, while the Marvel characters are based off of these Norse gods, the heroes that are known and loved in curr ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In all fairness, I just finished a sort of encyclopedia style Norse mythology book, so this one seemed a little too cutsie. It is a great story book, however, perfect for younger ages. Although, it may be a wee bit juvenile for older teens and adults.

There were a few inconsistencies in the names compared to the previous book I read, which sort of threw me off. But, if I had read this one first I might have enjoyed it more. Still, it was a good read.

For my clean readers:
Lightens the violence to
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking for a gift for a middle grades child who loves swashbuckling adventure? Crossley-Holland strings together the Norse myths, some familiar and some less so, into one continuous narrative. While the language is fresh and modern, he very much sticks to the spirit of the myths (unlike Rick Riordan's adaptations, which rely heavily on snark and current cultural references. This grumpy 59 year old found them tiresome, but then again, I'm not a 10 year old boy.) The book was awarded a 2018 Aesop ...more
The stories are wonderfully written, with vivid descriptions, lively characterization, and action that moves along at a nice clip. We would have loved it for the words alone. But the illustrations are what make this rendering really sing. It's such a treat to have Jeffrey Alan Love's bold, dramatic, emblematic images splash across every single page and drive each turn of each story home. So luscious.
Priya Sharma
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this, as I loved Neil Gaiman's "Norse Mythology". It's told in a sparse manner than makes some of the myths all the more brutal.

Jeffrey Alan Love's illustrations are striking and are entwined perfectly with each story. I have the UK cover but the US one is also stunning.
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classical, 2010s
Pretty cool, straight forward and easy to follow retelling of the Norse myths.
I'm not a big art buff but really like the minimalist style. The drawings are very simple silhouettes which almost seem carved out of stone or metal, it works quite well for mythic tales.
Lisa Hannett
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful retellings, wonderful illustrations.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A very accessible version of the Norse myths for middle school age readers. I wasn't crazy about the illustrations but I'm sure others will like them. Just not my style.
Lee Kofman
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I may have expected too much from this particular collection, and version, of Norse myths. Childhood memories are of course not reliable, but I used to read that mythology a lot then and I remembered these myths as more humane than this particular (non-comprehensive, of course) collection. The language is beautiful, but the characterisation of gods and other creatures, and their motives are often odd. Also, this book is supposed to be for children, but its messages and the violence level feel mo ...more
Whispering Stories
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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‘Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki’, is a big, heavy book. It opens with a foreword by the author explaining exactly what Norse Myths are and how they came about. From their beliefs of Asgard, Midgard and Niflheim: The world below ruled by a half alive, half dead woman, to giants and dwarfs. The author also provides a detailed tree explaining the different realms.

The book covers all the different tales, worlds, giants, gods and goddesses in
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-mg
"Norse Myths" is a Candlewick Studio publication packed with stories and tales of Gods, Goddesses and giants from the Norse Mythologies. The book opens with a note from the author explaining the origins of the stories. Author Kevin Crossley-Holland explains that a long time back the Vikings believed that human beings lived on Middle Earth. This land was shared with creatures such as dwarfs and giants. Above Middle Earth was Migard, the land of gods and goddesses. The third level, one below the M ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
A beautiful book - the illustrations are marvelous - but I really don't like the Norse gods at all: mean, petty and conniving, and lacking any kind of moral framework. Life must have been very grim indeed, if these were the best stories of gods that the Norse folks could think of.
Luke Nicholls
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredible rendering of the Norse Mythos for children. The stories are true to their bizarre and gory origins, and the artwork lends a fantastic new element to it. The stories will appeal to many UKS2 children, and it is a brilliant introduction to the Pantheon. I would happily use this as a text to inspire writing in the style of Myths, and it's a nice change from the Greek & Roman myths which are much more common in children's literature. ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Norse mythology is the most intriguing mythology. This book is well worth reading.
Angelique Simonsen
Good solid myth telling aimed for children. Was nice to lose yourself amongst Odin Thor Loki and the other Norse gods
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Norse mythology and this book is so stunning, great addition to the stories I already know and love/hate.
Sarah Mayor Cox
Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland and illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker Studio, UK)

I was so excited when this arrived at my front door because I really hoped that someone would read my mind and drop it into my Christmas stocking last year. Kevin Crossley-Holland is one of the best writers for young people in the world. He has an amazing way of taking well known, complex stories from the past and turning them into page-turners for readers young and old. Hi
Alex  Baugh
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
My Kiddo loves myths, especially Norse myths, so I asked her to take a look at this book and tell me what she thought. And she loved it. From the introduction to who was who in Norse mythology and the retelling of 20 tales to the glossary 222 pages later, this is a book that relates the stories of the Viking gods and goddesses as they should be told in all their drama. Myths are the exaggerated stories we tell ourselves about who we are, so themes of creation, power, love, betrayal, good and evi ...more
Connie (hoot reads books)
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, myth, gods
I read this after finishing Neil Gaimen's Norse Mythology last year. And after finishing this one, I can see the similarities between the Norse myths and Gaimen's retelling of the myths, except Gaimen's version was funnier and wittier. But these are the original Norse myths, so who am I to judge?

In this collection of myths, each story was interconnected with each other beginning with the history of the gods and goddesses to Odin, Thor's, and Loki's adventures throughout Asgard, Midgard, and Utga
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A nice addition to the retelling of Norse myths that gives its own flavor while remaining true to the stories. There were even a few myths I was unfamiliar with! The artwork is very interesting, both stark and suggestive of what is happening rather than explicit which only adds to the stories. It also arranges the tales in a way that follow a kind of downward spiral as Loki goes from being a trickster to an enemy of the gods. The book does a good job of showing the duality of his nature, how he ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've just spent some time reading through previous reviews before coming here to type this. I think that this book does what it sets out to do very well -- introduce readers (maybe younger readers) to the Norse myths in an engaging, well-written, entertaining way. It's not aimed at adults, which makes sense since I found in the junior section of my library. This would have been a book I ADORED in elementary / middle school, when my love of mythology really started. It's a book I thoroughly enjoy ...more
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books include Waterslain Angels, a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955, and Moored Man: A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale, a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March), which combines historical fiction with the re ...more

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