In Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman brings back echoes of his humourous characterisations of Loki, Thor, and Odin from his American Gods (though the three Norse gods are slightly more polite, for the sake of Odd‘s younger readers). I rather liked the ending for the way it frames Odd as a hero as much influenced by his mother as by the memory of his father.
I rather liked all of it, of course. It’s funny in a typically Gaiman fashion, and Brett Helquist’s drawing sulky bear-Thor, complete with crossed arms, is truly delightful.
21 April 2013 ~ Hamilton
Gaiman, Neil. Odd and the Frost Giants. Illus. Brett Helquist. New York: Harper, 2009.