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D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Mythology | Norse Mythology for Kids

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The Caldecott medal-winning d'Aulaires once again captivate their young audience with this beautifully illustrated introduction to Norse legends, telling stories of Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god and the theft of his hammer, Loki the mischievous god of the Jotun Race, and Ragnarokk, the destiny of the gods. Children meet Bragi, the god of poetry, and the famous Valkyrie maidens, among other gods, goddesses, heroes, and giants. Illustrations throughout depict the wondrous other world of Norse folklore and its fantastical Northern landscape.


  • Written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire.
  • Published by New York Review of Books, Mat 31, 2005.
  • Ages 6 to 9 years
  • 0.9" H x 11.9" L x 8.8" W (1.55 lbs) 154 pages
  • Hardcover



"Out of print for many years, Norse Gods and Giants has been very handsomely reissued by the The New York Review Children's Collection and retitled D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths. Featuring a sturdy sewn binding, the book arguably represents the pinnacle of the d'Aulaires' achievement as storytellers and artists....the prose seems livelier and more robust in the Norse myths than in the Greek...Their retelling of the Greek myths for children had to pull its punches somewhat....but since sex doesn't feature prominently in Norse mythology, this book is able to stay scrupulously faithful to the Edda and still maintain its PG rating. But not to worry: there's still ... bad behavior, particularly on the part of fiery Thor, who is forever whacking frost giants on the head with his hammer, and the highly entertaining Loki, who is one of the most complicated and devious characters in anybody's mythology, anywhere. Loki is the Bart Simpson of Norse mythology, forever pulling pranks, forever getting caught and forever talking his way out of the consequences... 

-- The New York Times Book Review