Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman
This is the first book by Gaiman that I have read and thus far we are really enjoying it! It had been recommended to us by another homeschool family and all I have heard about it has been good. It really is one that could become a classic and is a wonderful read aloud.
Odd is a young Norseman whose father, a woodcutter, drowned during a Viking raid. His Scottish mother marries a fat widower who neglects him in favor of his own children, so Odd leaves his village for the forest. There he meets a fox, an eagle and a bear and learns that these are not normal animals, but the gods Loki, Odin and Thor. Together they must save the country from the endless winter.
Check out this plot summary video narrated by the author.