Reviews for Thor's Wedding Day : By Thialfi, The Goat Boy, As Told To Bruce Coville

Booklist Reviews 2005 August #1
Gr. 4-7. Coville takes a Norse poem called the Thrymskvitha and turns it into a delightful prose romp. The story centers on the theft of Mjollnir, the god Thor's magical war hammer, by the giant Thrym. Without the hammer, the gods are vulnerable to an attack from the giants, which means that Thor will do anything to get it back, including cross-dressing as Freya, the goddess of love, and presenting himself to Thrym, disguised as the giant's potential bride. Thor's story is told by Thialfi, Thor's goat boy, who manages to save the day. Coville fleshes out the ancient poem, plucking characters from other Norse myths and weaving them into this story. Throughout, he injects a modern sensibility while keeping the feel of the original myth. Children may want to move from this retelling to broader collections of Norse lore, such as Mary Pope Osborne's Favorite Norse Myths (1996). ((Reviewed August 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
This comic retelling of a Norse myth attributes divine victory to Thor's hapless servant, Thialfi. Giants have stolen Thor's hammer and demand marriage to the goddess Freya. While Thor dons a dress and masquerades as Freya, Thialfi retrieves the hammer. The tale's unfamiliarity makes up for its fluffiness, and the solid burlesque is true to the source. An author's note provides some background. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2005 August #1
The irrepressible Coville retells a rare and funny tale from Norse mythology, adding only a few details and a young human narrator. Great is the wrath of Thor when he discovers that his mighty hammer has fallen into the hands of the Giant Thrym, who demands the hand of Freya in exchange for it. Likewise great is the wrath of Freya when Thor asks her to do the deed-so at Loki's suggestion it's Thor himself who dons a veil and wedding dress, setting out for the wedding feast with a similarly clad Loki to do the talking, and Thialfi, tender of Thor's talking goats, as a servant. Playing this scenario for all it's worth, Coville gives Thialfi an important role in winkling out the giant's intended double-cross, and closes with a grand but not particularly violent mêle once Thor and his hammer are reunited. Written in an informal tone and illustrated with plenty of line drawings (not seen), this makes a hilarious alternative to Shirley Climo's more earnest rendition of the myth, Stolen Thunder (1994), illus by Alexander Koshkin. (afterword) (Fiction. 9-11) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 December #1

Seasoned storyteller Coville (the Magic Shop books) presents a frolicsome tale inspired by an ancient Norse poem that the author, in a concluding note, calls "a delicious burlesque of the gods." This is also an apt description of his own jaunty story, narrated by Thialfi, an earnest young mortal who serves as goat boy to the mighty Thor, god of thunder. "Sounds as if His Royal Thunderosity woke up on the wrong side of the stall this morning," quips one of Thor's goats when the tempestuous god discovers that Mjollner, his magic hammer and their most powerful weapon against the fierce giants, is missing. Loki, god of mischief, reports that a slobbering giant has possession of the stolen hammer and will return it only when Freya, goddess of love, becomes his bride. The mischief-maker then proposes that since Thor has lost the hammer, Thor should dress as Freya and con the prospective bridegroom out of the hammer. The stage is set for some Shakespearean-style farcical fun as Loki, disguised as Freya's bridesmaid and Thialfi as a goat girl, accompany the faux bride to the world of giants. Coville holds comedy and suspense in satisfying balance while revealing how Thialfi helps the gods accomplish this mission. The animated banter among this diverse cast gives this parody a spirited pace, and Cogswell's full-page drawings make the most of the comic moments. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)

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