A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School
Adam Auerbach, illustrated by the author
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Edda is a Valkyrie (an ancient Norse goddess who guides and protects heroes). She lives in a magical land called Asgard where she has everything she wants. Well . . . almost everything. Edda wants to find a friend her own age. Edda's wise papa knows of a place where she can make friends: a place on Earth called "school."
School is very different from Asgard. Edda's not sure if she likes it at first. But then she remembers that Valkyries are very brave. Even little Valkyries. Edda learns that being different is what makes her special and she begins to make new friends.
A Christy Ottaviano Book
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Ezra Jack Keats New Author Award
Praise for Edda
“Auerbach hilariously depicts often-grumpy Edda, always wearing armor and a winged helmet among her T-shirt-claud classmates, in spare and cheerful line drawings.” —Booklist
“Kudos to author-illustrator Adam Auerbach --or, rather, a celebratory goblet of mead to him--for pairing a traditional school story with Norse mythology. . . . The tricky adjustments between the familiarity of home and the new disciplines of school play out amusingly in Mr. Auerbach's spare, comedic illustrations.” —The Wall Street Journal
“The struggles of Edda's first day bring a needed spark to the book, eliciting giggles through their humorous but sympathetic rendering of a little girl struggling to fit in . . . It might inspire the more timid little Valkyries.” —BCCB
“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. Edda is a fresh, funny twist on the kid who can't quite find a grove.” —Publishers Weekly
“Wagner's operas inspired this Valkyrie-themed look at the first day of school.” —Kirkus Reviews