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Thor's Wedding Day: By Thialfi, the Goat Boy

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Publisher Comments:

What could possibly make Thor--the massive and mighty god of thunder and protector of all his people--put on a bridal gown?

It all begins when the source of Thor's power, his beloved hammer, is stolen. Unfortunately for Thor, the plan to get it back requires that he dress in fancy finery and be packed off to marry the king of the giants. Luckily, Thialfi the goat boy--along with his snarky charges, Grinder and Gat-Tooth--have come along. Working behind the scenes, Thialfi just may be able to save the day . . . which is only fair, since it's his fault the hammer was stolen in the first place.

This book is a hilarious take on the only comedy in Norse mythology, complete with talking goats, cross-dressing gods, and the warm wit that has made Bruce Coville beloved by millions.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Cross-dressing gods, talking goats, and the weirdest wedding ever!

Synopsis:

The beloved Bruce Colville retells the only comedy in Norse mythology, complete with talking goats, cross-dressing gods, and his signature warm wit. When Thor's magic hammer is stolen, Thialfi, the goat boy, just may be able to save the day.

About the Author

BRUCE COVILLE is the bestselling author of dozens of books, including the enormously popular Magic Shop Books, Odder Than Ever, and The Monsters of Morley Manor. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152014551
Subtitle:
By Thialfi, the goat boy, as told to and translated by Bruce Coville
Author:
Cogswell, Matthew
Author:
Coville, Bruce
Author:
Sparkes, Ryan
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Subject:
Giants
Subject:
Mythology, norse
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Goats
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Jacket illustration by Matthew Cogswell
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 0.27 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Thor's Wedding Day: By Thialfi, the Goat Boy
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Product details 144 pages Harcourt Children's Books - English 9780152014551 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Cross-dressing gods, talking goats, and the weirdest wedding ever!

"Synopsis" by , The beloved Bruce Colville retells the only comedy in Norse mythology, complete with talking goats, cross-dressing gods, and his signature warm wit. When Thor's magic hammer is stolen, Thialfi, the goat boy, just may be able to save the day.

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