Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School

Adam Auerbach. Holt/Ottaviano, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9703-0
Adjusting to the rhythms and rules of school can be tough for any kid, but imagine how much of a challenge it is for a young Norse warrior maiden. Edda wants to spend time with people her own age, which is why she asks her kindly papa (though he’s never named, with his eye-patch, it’s safe to assume he’s Odin) to fly her from Asgard to a typical neighborhood elementary school. But making the transition from helping “search the land for unruly monsters” to sitting still in class and waiting in line for the slide is asking a lot. Auerbach—an accomplished editorial artist with an approachable line drawing style and a sly, sympathetic wit—makes a terrific children’s book debut in this folklore-meets-first-day story. He doesn’t get too specific with his Norse inspirations (Edda’s magical home is as much Adventure Time as Asgard), but Edda is a fresh, funny twist on the kid who can’t quite find a groove. While most readers won’t have access to a dragon to help smooth the way for themselves, they should find her story encouraging. Ages 4–8. (June)
Reviewed on: 03/31/2014
Release date: 06/24/2014
Genre: Children's
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