D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
The Norse myths are some of the greatest stories of all time. Weird monsters, thoroughly human gods, elves and sprites and gnomes, with grim giants nursing ancient grudges lurking behind—the mysterious and entrancing world of Norse myth comes alive in these pages thanks to the spellbinding... show more
The Norse myths are some of the greatest stories of all time. Weird monsters, thoroughly human gods, elves and sprites and gnomes, with grim giants nursing ancient grudges lurking behind—the mysterious and entrancing world of Norse myth comes alive in these pages thanks to the spellbinding storytelling and spectacular pictures of the incomparable d'Aulairse. In this classic book, the art of the Caldecott Award—winning authors of d'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, a longtime favorite of children and parent, reaches one of its pinnacles. It offers a way into a world of fantasy and struggle and charm that has served as inspiration for Marvel Comics and the Lord of the Rings.
Publish date: July 10th 2005
Publisher: NYR Children's Collection
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
I read this to my son. We loved looking at the beautiful illustrations. The stories were nicely written and perfect for reading aloud. Loved the pronunciation guide in the back; I'm notoriously bad at pronouncing things right and this helped me not butcher the names too bad.
I really didn't think any collection could measure up to my beloved Greek myths, but I think I may have found a new love in these stories. Strange, brutal, but above all comical - truly laugh out loud hysterical! I tend to think of Vikings as a somber people shaped by constant warfare and harsh envi...
A wonderful book from my childhood with spirited storytelling and beautiful illustrations. Enjoyable for adults as well as children, and not at all dated. Five stars overall.For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/review/Book_D_Aulaires_Book_Of_Norse_Myths_Ingri_D_Aulaire_Edgar...
(UPDATE: I'm pretty sure I wrote this review around the time the awesome Loki movies started being released. Way too much focus on his boring blond brother in those, am I right?)It took me a long time to come around to the idea that the Norse myths could be compelling. Even dating a guy who was craz...
Well-loved books from my pastRating: 4* of fiveIngri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire were a married couple of Euro-origin, he Swiss and she Norwegian, who came to the US in the 1920s to pursue fame and fortune. Edgar was an illustrator for books, magazines, and the like, while Ingri painted rich guys' por...