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Thorfinn and the Rotten Scots

David MacPhail
Richard Morgan

£5.99

Also available as: eBook

Range: Young Kelpies Paperback 136 pages 50 b/w illustrations 196 x 158 mm ISBN: 9781782502296 Publication date: 18 February 2016

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient...

Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all.

On a raiding voyage to Scotland, Thorfinn and his friends Velda and Oswald are kidnapped by Ranald MacRanald, chieftain of the Clan MacRanald. Little does Ranald he know that his methods of 'torture' (making the Nicest Viking sew with the women and clean the castle from top to bottom) are actually Thorfinn's idea of a brilliant Scottish holiday! Will Chief Harald the Skull-Splitter come to his son's 'rescue' before Thorfinn drives the Rotten Scots crazy with politeness?

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Reviews

'This character[Thorfinn] is pretty irresistible.'
--Goodreads, Barbara

'Thorfinn may be the world's worst Viking, but his story makes a delightful and entertaining read. When he is captured by the Scots, Throfinn's politeness and gentility eventually prove too much for them and they are only too pleased to let him go. The story of Thorfinn's capture, along with Viking girl, Velda, and the elderly and rather tired Oswald, is told with excellent pace and lots of humour. The contrast between Velda's daring escape plans and Thorfinn's innocent pleasure in what he sees as a welcome holiday, makes for some laugh-out-loud moments. As Velda's plans are repeatedly foiled, Thorfinn gently comes out on top, proving that kindness and patience can be more effective than violence and aggression. This title will be much enjoyed by newly confident readers, as it is presented with many amusing drawings, a clear large typeface, controlled but never dull vocabulary and short chapters. But it is the story, with its clear strong characters and amusing twists and turns, supported by lively and engaging illustrations, that will keep them reading and laughing to the end. Trading cards you can cut from the back cover are a fun addition.'
--Carousel, Liz Dubber

Thorfinn and the Rotten Scots

Author

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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Illustrator

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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