Reviews for Thor's Wedding Day

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 October

Gr 4-7 Bruce Coville's talent for adapting myths and literature takes a Norse direction with Thor's Wedding Day (Harcourt, 2005). Inspired by an epic poem with liberal doses of related stories in the mix, the tale is told by young Thialfi, a goatboy in Thor's household. The thunder god's kingdom is at risk because Mjollnir, his mighty hammer that is too heavy for mere mortals, has been stolen by the scheming giant, Thrym, and held as ransom until Freya, the fair goddess, consents to marry the giant. When she dismisses that idea, Thor, Thialfi, and the mischievous god, Loki, must dress as bride and attendants so they can recapture the tool. Along the way, they discover two dwarves who were blackmailed into taking the hammer, but are now willing to help Thor and company reclaim it. Using a fake hammer, the trio soon outsmarts the less-than-clever giant and order is restored in the kingdom. Performed by Coville and several of Full Cast's seasoned actors, this recording conveys Coville's humor, and everyone from goats to gods are appropriately portrayed. The recording concludes with the author's explanation of the story's background. With its playful underpinning, this audiobook is an amusing way to introduce the often overlooked legends of northern Europe. An appealing addition to elementary and middle school libraries where myths are studied.Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

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