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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion

Written by David MacPhail

Illustrated by Richard Morgan

Part of the Young Kelpies Series

Key Stage 1 Adventure Stories Humorous

LoveReading View on Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion

Shortlisted for the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016, 6-8 years Category - September 2015 Book of the Month  Thorfinn is a charming boy, polite, tidy and he makes a lovely cup of tea. Unfortunately, he’s a Viking and this particular skill set doesn’t do anything to impress his family or neighbours – in the words of Erik Ear-Crusher, his dad’s arch rival for chief, ‘he has all the fighting spirit of a plate of boiled turnips’. But Thorfinn is smart as well as nice, and when he’s sent on a raiding mission proves that he more than deserves his place.  Thorfinn’s politeness in the face of the Viking’s terrible behaviour provides lots of laughs and his eventual triumph is very satisfying for readers. Packed with illustrations and a whole host of extras too – games and activities – this is a very good addition to the canon of silly Viking stories for young readers.  ~ Andrea Reece

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Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Synopsis

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 andfeasting. 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. Tired of Thorfinn and his too-nice ways getting them into trouble, his dad 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?

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed 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!

Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Fennrin age 7 - 'Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a really good book, it is funny and exciting.'
  • Elliot Bateman - 'This book is for anybody Age 6 and over to read themselves and for younger children to have read to them at bedtimes. There are even games at the back of the book to help you learn about Vikings.'
  • George Daniels, age 7 - 'A thrilling novel. The best I’ve read. My mum couldn’t believe I read it in one day.'
  • Phoenix Williams, age 7 - 'I think this book is better for learners and children who like adventurous stories. If I could give it 1 to 5 stars I would give it 5 stars.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'Thorfinn really is the nicest Viking ever! He goes on an adventure but instead of raiding a village, he comes back with a basket full of scones with jam! Really great story with good humour.'
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 7 - 'A slight twist on your usual Viking story, kept me on my toes.'
  • Harry Gray, age 7 - '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.'
  • James Henderson, age 9 - 'This is a great story if you like Vikings. I really want to read the next book.'
  • Matthew Henderson, age 9 - 'I thought this was a really clever story, the characters were good and the story made me chuckle!'
  • Georgie Chaplin - 'It's so good I could just ask for more!'
  • Connor Lobban, age 7 - 'Great book for learning about Vikings!'
  • Luke Killen, age 7 - 'A really funny book, I loved this!'
  • Hermione Chaytors, age 6 - 'Funny, funny, funny...'

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782501589
Publication date: 20th August 2015
Author: David MacPhail
Illustrator: Richard Morgan
Publisher: Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 136 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Adventure Stories, Humorous

About David MacPhail

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 children’s books. He lives in Edinburgh.

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