Review | Norse Myths by Matt Ralphs

A beautifully illustrated and compelling collection of more than 30 ancient Norse myths for children.

Exciting stories, extraordinary creatures, and compelling gods, goddesses, and heroes come together in this compendium of Norse myths–first told long ago by the Vikings. Perfect for children ages 7 to 9, this collection contains more than 30 enthralling new retellings.

Read about Thor, the god of thunder and how he once disguised himself as a bride to seek revenge on a giant and retrieve his powerful hammer, Mjolnir; and how Sif, the goddess of fertility, had her long golden hair cut off by Loki, the trickster god. Each myth is told with thrilling immediacy, in language that is easy for children to understand, while retaining the awe, majesty, and intrigue of the original tales. Stunning illustrations by multi-award-winning artist Katie Ponder breathe new life into each story.

Additional feature pages delve deeper into the mythical world, providing profiles of the featured gods and goddesses and giving the context behind the myths. The reference section provides key background information, such as Norse cosmology and facts about the incredible Norse characters, and comes complete with a pronunciation guide.

Norse Myths is the perfect gift, featuring foil on the cover and beautiful illustrations throughout. Children will love exploring the tales by themselves or as bedtime stories. This stunning book will be treasured forever. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As soon as I heard this second installment to these books was coming out I had to preorder it. The art, just like in Greek Myths, was wonderful and perfectly fit the different settings, creatures, figures and more. I felt like this was a really good selection of stories from Norse mythology that will give the overall scope of the gods and their tales. I liked that the stories were separated by more informational sections specifically about the gods, goddesses and other figures. This is in a great format for younger readers to digest either in a single setting, or here and there.

Happy reading!

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