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Two Terrible Vikings Reviews

Two Terrible Vikings by Francesca Simon, Steve May

Two Terrible Vikings

Francesca Simon, Steve May

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9780571349494

This viking duo will give Horrid Henry a run for his money! What if your parents WANTED you to behave badly? Set in the snowy fjords of a Viking kingdom, the terrible twins, Hack and Whack, are proud to be the best worst vikings.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
21 Feb 2021

"Spaced words in a clear and simple typeface, and energetic caricatures by Steve May, make this comic romp suitable for early readers."

The premise of the three stories in this anarchic collection is what it would be like if your parents, bringing up future pillagers, wanted you to be awful, so they celebrated your noise and violence and deplored such disturbing traits in other children (the simpering Elsa Gold-Hair) as wanting to share. (The twins, though, are still expected to help with chores.) The boastful Hack and Whack and their friends cannot live up to their own braggadocio, and the stories have unexpected punchlines.

Reviews

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
3 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
6 Feb 2021

"This mayhem is a bit too mindless"

I’m all for fictional representations of “bad” children — My Naughty Little Sister, Veruca Salt, Draco Malfoy — but do they have to be so mindless and inane with no curve of moral understanding? I imagine fans of Henry will sign up for more thumpy mayhem. Simon knows the formula well by now and writes clearly for younger readers who thrive on rhythm and repetition, but this hack couldn’t hack it.