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The Viking Who Liked Icing

Written by Lu Fraser

Illustrated by Mark McKinley

Early Years Cooking / Food Funny Poetry School Stories Sporting Stories

LoveReading View on The Viking Who Liked Icing

A nutty, nuanced, rollicking rhyming picture about being yourself

“Nut loved his sister and Leaf loved her brother, but everyone knew they were NOT like each other!” So the scene is set for Lu Fraser’s glorious rhyming ode to being yourself, a cheering, amusing tale that’s brilliantly brought to live by Mark McKinley’s simply stunning illustrations - they’re a veritable rainbow of energy and characterful detail.


While adventurous Leaf loves to shoot her bow and swim icy lakes, Nut has no outdoor pursuits skills whatsoever. Rather, he prefers to bake, and harbours a secret passion for “slicing and dicing and mixing and whisking and really pink icing!” All of which means, come Viking Sports Day, Nut’s contribution is something of a disaster, until he hurls his cake in the Great Throwing Race and Chief Olaf recognises his culinary talents. Great fun, and there’s no arguing with its wise, warm-hearted message - “happiness comes when you just be yourself.”

Joanne Owen

The Viking Who Liked Icing Synopsis

Nut isn't like the other vikings; he doesn't climb hills or swim icy lakes ... but he does have one great passion - Nut LOVES to bake cakes! So when Viking Sports' Day comes round, it looks like certain disaster for Nut. Can his baking SAVE THE DAY?

Told in effortless verse, The Viking Who Liked Icing is a hilarious, heartwarming picture book about being yourself.

The Viking Who Liked Icing Press Reviews

A beautiful book about self-acceptance and following your dreams. If only there was a Viking Bake Off, Nut would surely take the crown! A story that will warm the heart of the reader as much as the child you're reading to - David Atherton, The Great British Bake Off Winner 2019 and author of My First Cook Book: Bake, Make and Learn to Cook

A winner with my grandson, and I liked it too! - Prue Leith

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526603913
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Author: Lu Fraser
Illustrator: Mark McKinley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Cooking / Food, Funny, Poetry, School Stories, Sporting Stories

About Lu Fraser

Lu Fraser worked for many years in children's brand licensing before heading off to the country to start scribbling children's books in her wonky hut at the end of the garden. She is an incredibly exciting new picture book talent and The Viking Who Liked Icing is the first of four books contracted with Bloomsbury. Lu lives in Hampshire with her husband and young daughter.

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