Brian and the Vikings by Chris Judge, Mark Wickham

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Brian is the smallest boy in the village, but he is very clever. One day the Vikings arrive, but Brian has a plan. He makes an invention to scare the Vikings away and save his village. This is a fun adventure story that ties in very subtly with Irish history, as the main character is Brian Boru, who later becomes High King of Ireland. (Ages 3–6)
~ Andrea Rayner


Brian and the Vikings by Chris Judge, Mark Wickham

Brian is the smallest boy in the village. But he's also the smartest. When the dangerous Vikings arrive it's up to Brian to save the day with the help of his friends and his cleverest invention yet. The first adventure of Brian Boru, the boy who would grow up to become High King of Ireland.


wonderfully colourful ... sure to capture many a child's imagination -- Maternity & Infant Magazine for little readers, or for reading aloud ... cute -- Irish Independent ideal for any child starting to read on their own but works very well when read aloud too -- Sunday Independent exciting -- Metro Herald an entertaining and well-written picture book -- The Swallows Nest with laugh-aloud characters and colourful landscapes, this is a real treat -- Irish Examiner a confidence-builder for quieter children, and a neat introduction to history and imaginative storytelling. Get working on the Christmas list -- Sunday Business Post Mark Wickham's debut picturebook and Chris Judge's first picturebook collaboration proves to be an exciting and humorous adventure ... a real delight -- The Looking Glass lively and amusing -- Judge ... creates a wonderful adventure that even the youngest children will love ... the illustration work is expertly handled by Mark Wickham. And what a treasure! The use of colour and line perfectly suit the story and create drama in and of themselves ... overall, this picture book is a huge success -- Fallen Star Stories Elise (age 5) thought this book was funny. She thought it was good and, every couple of nights, asked for it to be read -- Bleach House Library

About the Author

Chris Judge is an award winning author and illustrator from Dublin. His picture books include The Lonely Beast series, The Great Explorer and TiN. He illustrated Roddy Doyle's children's book Brilliant and collaborated with comedian David O'Doherty on the smash hit Danger is Everywhere! Mark Wickham is an award winning illustrator and designer from West Cork. His personal and commercial work has been published and exhibited internationally. He recently made a 100ft floating sculpture that glowed in the dark.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

25th August 2014



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O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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