Review! Treasury of Norse Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli

17 Dec

norsemythTreasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Revenge

Written by Donna Jo Napoli

Illustrated by Christina Balit

192 pages – ages 9+

Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on September 22nd, 2015

Synopsis- Forget the Avengers – get the real mythology of Thor and Loki here! Thor, Odin, Loki, Frey, and giants OH MY! This book sums up the most common myths about the Norse gods and giants.

What I Thought- The first thing I noticed was the stained-glass look to the illustrations. They are breath-taking and add another dimension to Ms. Napoli’s writing style. Ms. Napoli has written a wonderful collection of Norse mythology for kids. She explains in her author’s note that there are inconsistencies in the myths, but she said that she did her best to avoid the obvious ones. The stories were crafted wonderfully and if there were inconsistencies, this discerning reader did not pick up on any. This book has a great selection of myths, and serves as a great introduction to Norse Mythology for children. In addition to the stories, there are fact boxes, maps, Scandinavian history, a bibliography for further reading and a guide to the characters in the myths. The stories can be read individually and should suit a wide range of reading levels. I enjoyed every page of this book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

11 Responses to “Review! Treasury of Norse Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli”

  1. rnewman504 December 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    I have a feeling my son would love this book. Currently, he’s going through a Greek mythology phase. Great review, Erik!

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  2. Jilanne Hoffmann December 18, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Erik, You always find the coolest books to review. Happy Holidays!

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  3. yvettecarol December 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    I love Norse mythology. That’s what The Lord of The Rings was based on.

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

      I never really realized that (I mean, I know with the dwarves, and elves, and orcs (dark elves)) – that’s pretty cool! 🙂

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  4. heylookawriterfellow December 21, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    This looks like something I wanna put in my own Christmas stocking this year. But, yeah, I suppose my son can borrow it.

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  5. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews December 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    What an interesting book Will check it out.

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