Ingri Mortenson (1904-1980) and Edgar d'Aulaire (1898-1986) met at art school in Munich in 1921. They married in Norway, moving first to Paris and then eventually to New York in 1929. The d'Aulaires published their first children's book in 1931and worked as a team on both art and text throughout their joint career, publishing more than twenty picture books and receiving high critical acclaim for their distinguished contributions to children's literature.
"...a mythological tour de force."
- The New York Times
"Out of print for many years, Norse Gods and Giants has been very handsomely reissued by the The New York Review Children's Collection and retitled D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths. Featuring a sturdy sewn binding, the book arguably represents the pinnacle of the d'Aulaires' achievement as storytellers and artists....the prose seems livelier and more robust in the Norse myths than in the Greek...Their retelling of the Greek myths for children had to pull its punches somewhat....but since sex doesn't feature as prominently in Norse mythology, this book is able to stay scrupulously faithful to the Edda and still maintain its PG rating. But not to worry: there's still a lot of drinking, fighting and bad behavior, particularly on the part of fiery Thor, who is forever whacking frost giants on the head with his hammer, and the highly entertaining Loki, who is one of the most complicated and devious characters in anybody's mythology, anywhere. Loki is the Bart Simpson of Norse mythology, forever pulling pranks, forever getting caught and forever talking his way out of the consequences..."
- The New York Times Book Review
"[These] works, especially the books of Norse and Greek myths, were and remain crucial to me, and now to my own children. The interest in mythology that was kindled by those two books has endured throughout my life, and has directly influenced my own writing in countless ways...The Norse book was always my favorite, though. I must have read it a dozen times at least by the time I was nine or ten."
- Michael Chabon