Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series Books 1 to 3
The Awful Invasion, the Gruesome Games and the Rotten Scots
Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient... 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!
In the first book, Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion, Thorfinn's dad, the rough tough village chief, decides it's time for Thorfinn to earn his gruesome Viking name. Stuck on a longboat with a ragtag bunch of adventurers who'd like to throw him overboard, how will the nicest Viking cope with a dangerous voyage to Scotland?
Book 2 sees Thorfinn and the Vikings heading to the annual Gruesome Games on a Scottish island. It falls to Thorfinn to save their village, but in a competition where belching, axe-throwing, pie-clobbering and goat-throwing are great point scorers, what help will a terribly nice Viking with a talent for baking be?
In book 3, on a raiding voyage to Scotland, Thorfinn is 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?
'Hand these [books] to fans of "How to Train Your Dragon".'
--School Library Journal
'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 for Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Rotten Scots