Author: Neil Gaiman
I found this book at Tescos being sold for £1. I was intrigued, given I liked the storyline of “Stardust”, the movie, and I knew Mr Gaiman had a hand in that. As it turns out, this book had been printed for World Book Day 2008. What a shame, I didn’t have my token with me.
I got home and, whilst waiting for a particular television programme to appear, I read it. It only took 45 minutes, but it was a pleasurable 45 minutes. The book is aimed at children, I’m sure, but I still enjoyed it.
The story centres around Odd, a viking boy living with his Scottish mother and Fat Elfred, his rather short-tempered stepfather. Odd is a fitting name for this boy, as most think him strange and his story, as told in the book is wyrd, too.
Do read this to your children as a bedtime story; it will give them insight into how a boy can defeat those bigger and stronger than himself. Its also a nice little introduction to the gods of the Norse myths.