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Two Terrible Vikings

Written by Francesca Simon

Illustrated by Steve May

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction Humorous

LoveReading View on Two Terrible Vikings

This viking duo will give Horrid Henry a run for his money!

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2021

Best-selling Francesca Simon‘s new characters Hack and Wack, a pair of outrageously badly behaved Viking twins, will delight all Horrid Henry fans. Although still young, the tearaway twins are deemed to be the very worst Vikings in the village – a title that makes them and their parents very proud. Against a snowy and watery Viking background, Hack and Wack run amok at Elsa Gold-Hair’s birthday party, have a scary adventure with some trolls, and steal a boat and take their friends Dirty Ulf, Twisty Pants and the dog Bitey- Bitey off on a raid of Bad Island. Hack and Wack are truly terrible and their madcap adventures are fast, furious and always hilariously funny. 


Read more about the Two Terrible Vikings from Francesca Simon, our Guest Editor this month.



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Two Terrible Vikings Synopsis

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. Nothing stops the marauding pair as they steal boats, loot a birthday party, track a troll and sail off to raid Bad Island with their friends Twisty Pants and Dirty Ulf. Well, almost nothing . . .

With whip-smart dialogue, and accompanied by Dennis the Menace style anarchic cartoon imagery, this series is as sharp, funny and compelling as you would expect from the reigning Queen of Comedy.

Two Terrible Vikings Press Reviews

‘As joyously anarchic as Horrid Henry himself, these two little boy and girl Vikings will have your children laughing out loud.’  – Cressida Cowell 

‘A wonderfully absurd, anarchic romp’  – Sarah McIntyre 

Praise for Horrid Henry;

‘Just the thing to make young boys think that this reading lark might be a better idea than they first thought.’ The Bookbag (Horrid Henry's Fearsome Four)

‘Utterly wicked and totally brilliant!’ Books for Keeps (Don't be Horrid, Henry!)

‘The humour is just on the wavelength of five to eight-year-olds.’ The Scotsman  (Horrid Henry Wakes The Dead)

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ISBN: 9780571349494
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571349494
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Francesca Simon
Illustrator: Steve May
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction, Humorous
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon,

About Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in California, and attended both Yale and Oxford Universities, where she specialised in Medieval Studies. She worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue (US) and after her son Joshua was born in 1989, she started writing children’s books full time. One of the UK’s best-selling children’s writers, Francesca has published over 50 books, including the immensely popular HORRID HENRY series, which has now sold over fifteen milllion copies.Francesca won the Children’s Book of ...

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