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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion

David MacPhail
Richard Morgan


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Young Kelpies eBook 136 pages 50 b/w illustrations ISBN: 9781782501602 Publication date: 20th August 2015
You might think all Vikings are rough, tough, mean hairy and smelly. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking!

Fed up with Thorfinn's too-nice ways, his dad, Harald the Skull-Splitter, sends his son on a voyage to Scotland to earn his gruesome Viking name.

Will Thorfinn the Nicest avoid being thrown overboard?

P.S. Also contains snarling, axe throwing and scones with jam.


'Thorfinn comes from a long line of ferocious, rampaging Vikings... But Thorfinn is a peace-loving, tea-drinking, jam-making thoroughly nice Viking... the first in a series by David MacPhail for newly fluent readers. The short, funny story is enhanced with illustrations by Richard Morgan.'
-- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman

'...delightful and truly funny brand new series.'
-- lovereading4kids

'A thrilling novel. The best I've read. My mum couldn't believe I read it in one day.'
-- George Daniels, age 7, for

'I think this book is best for learners and children who like adventurous stories... I would give it 5 stars.'
-- Phoenix Williams, age 7, for

'Thorfinn really is the nicest Viking ever!... Really great story with good humour.'
-- Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10, for

'A slight twist on your usual Viking story, kept me on my toes.'
-- Oliver Lonsdale, age 7, for

'I really really enjoyed this book. Thorfinn the napkin folder is a hero and the book is hilarious. I also liked the extras at the end of the book.'
-- Harry Gray, age 7, for

'Great book for learning about Vikings!'
-- Connor Lobban, age 7, for

'A really funny book, I loved this!'
-- Luke Killen, age 7, for

'Funny, funny, funny...'
-- Hermione Chaytors, age 6, for

'The story cracks along at a good pace accompanied by humorous black and white drawings... This is a highly entertaining book celebrating difference that will delight newly confident readers.'
-- SLA (School Libray Association)

'Luca shares that both boys and girls would like this story and says, ''It's the humor that makes the book!'' '
-- Read Brightly

Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion


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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