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Thorfinn and the Gruesome Games

David MacPhail
Richard Morgan


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Young Kelpies eBook 136 pages 50 b/w illustrations ISBN: 9781782501619 Publication date: 20 August 2015

You might think all Vikings are rough, tough, mean hairy and smelly. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking!

Thorfinn, his dad and their grisly crew set sail for Scotland to compete in the annual Gruesome Games.

But in a competition full of pie clobbering, belching and goat throwing, what help will Thorfinn the Nicest Viking be?

P.S. Also contains sword fighting, cheating and gardening.


'... a cute story filled with funny illustrations.'
-- Goodreads, Wayne McCoy

'A must read.'
-- Goodreads, Jossie Solheim

'this book should be in elementary school libraries as well as classroom libraries.'
-- Goodreads, Carla Johnson-Hicks

'this little novel is a perfect barrel of laughs for boys and girls alike.'
-- Suffolk Libraries

'Fabulously funny Viking fiction for children! This book is bound to appeal to audiences of the much loved 'How to Train Your Dragon' series'
-- Springwell Park Primary School

'Readers will recognize the humorous and distinctive illustrations of Richard Morgan and enjoy the supplemental activities in the back of the book.'
-- Einin Weebly

'The chapter book is filled with cute illustrations and silly humor that made my 7 year old laugh out loud, all while teaching lessons about sportsmanship and being true to yourself.'
-- Easily Entertained Blog

'An easy, fun read that would work well as a read aloud.'
-- Education Queensland

'a good story, interesting heroes, quality writing, some obvious laughs, some understated chuckles, and a very engaging and satisfying reading experience.'
-- Amazon Pop Bop/Goodreads

Thorfinn and the Gruesome Games


David MacPhail left home at eighteen to travel the world and have adventures. After working as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide and a waiter on a tropical island, he now has the sensible job of writing about yetis and Vikings. At home in Perthshire,…

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Richard Morgan was born and raised by goblins on the Yorkshire moors. He has painted backgrounds for Disney TV and now writes and illustrates children’s books. He lives in Cambridge, England, and has a family of goblins of his own.

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