- Thorfinn, The Nicest Viking is a funny and fearsome new series for young readers who love Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!
- David MacPhail takes readersers on a journey filled with gruesome Viking heroes, adventurous battles -- and a polite young Viking who would rather be at home with a mug of pinecone tea!
- Each page is illustrated with hilarious sketches by Richard Morgan, as well as cut-out-and-keep collectable character cards, games and fun facts
Thorfinn is a nice, polite young Viking. How will he catch a poisoner who is out to kill the king of Norway?
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.
The king of Norway is coming to visit Indgar village and Thorfinn is named Head Chef for the greatest feast the village has ever seen. Apparently the king has a taste for exotic fish, but he's also been known to catapult chefs who displease him into the sea! Thorfinn sets sail for Orkney with a ragtag crew to visit his Uncle Rolf and learn how to cook and catch fish. But it seems a poisoner is at large and he has his eyes on the poisson...
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!
'This book is shot through with "be true to yourself" messages that seems just right for the target readers. The early chapter book reader (late primary, early junior) end up with a good story, interesting heroes, quality writing, some laughs, and a very engaging reading experience. This is a well written book that would be great for reluctant readers. This book would be a great addition to classroom, school and public libraries.'
-- Goodreads - Carla Johnson-Hicks
'This is a lively, cheerful and clever tale loaded with gently crafted jokes and wordplay, and with a sweet and upbeat heart.'
-- Goodreads - Pop Bob
'Thorfinn is a wonderfully appealing character, a misfit among Vikings, and late elementary and intermediate readers will be amused by all the adventures of his crew and the repulsive recipes whipped up for the Vikings to eat on an everyday basis. The illustrations only add to the pleasures of reading and laughing while enjoying this book, part of a series from the United Kingdom. It's great to see an underdog and someone who so clearly doesn't fit in Viking society be triumphant and then be modest about his accomplishments.'
-- Goodreads - Barbara
'A funny book which children will love!'
-- Goodreads - Kirsteen
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, Scotland, he exists on a diet of cream buns and zombie movies. David is also the author of Yeti on the Loose and the Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series.
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.