LONG LIST REVIEW: Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

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This is a stunning collection of Norse myths, brilliantly re-told by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Perfect for those new to this mythology as well as those familiar with its tales, the book starts with a foreword, paying tribute to the work of Snorri Sturluson, a man living in Iceland 800 years ago, who wrote recorded these stories in writing for the first time. 

This is followed by an introduction to the main characters featured in the myths, grouped as Gods and Goddesses or Dwarfs and Giants. A stunning illustration of the Norse World, showing Yggdrasill the great ash tree, offers a succinct explanation of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. 

Then come the tales...powerfully told, full of drama and atmosphere, Kevin Crossley-Holland envelops the reader in these gritty stories full of deceit, courage and mischief. These fantastic tales are framed by Jeffrey Allan Love's dark, brooding silhouettes which excite the imagination. 

A fabulous collection for home and school, this book would make the perfect starting point for work. It offers a wealth of reading, writing, drama, music and art possibilities  to inspire and engage children. 

On the cover of this book, Neil Gaiman is quoted as saying, 'Kevin Crossley-Holland is the master.' No one would listen to me, but that is exactly what I would say if asked!