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This is Not a Valentine

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki
Written by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love
Chronicle £18.99
ISBN: 978-1406361841

This is book with heft, both literal and metaphorical. Kevin Crossley-Holland's deft telling of the Norse myths perfectly captures the contradictory nature of the gods, the giants and the dwarves. They wield terrifying strength and magical power over the lives of mere mortals, and yet, are as whimsical and contrary as young children, ruled by impulse and emotion with no inner curb. The text is superbly supported by full colour illustrations that take advantage of the book's large size to emphasise the characters' imposing presence and the air of menace that overhangs their actions. A helpful picture map of the three realms in the Norse world, an introduction to the main players and a glossary of terms make this a keeper for novices and established Norse fans alike.
Yvonne Coppard


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