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Prince Rupert Library J 948.022 Amso (Text) 33294002077329 Juvenile Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780500651841
  • ISBN: 0500651841
  • Physical Description: print
    96 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: London : Thames and Hudson, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: Kate, Eddie, and Angus are dazzled by pictures of Viking warriors' deadly axes and blingy swords in their library books. But when they're transported back in time to Scandinavia in 991 CE, they must figure out if they have what it takes to become Vikings themselves. A big, burly Viking called Bjorn initiates the kids in the ways of wielding a battle ax, plundering and looting, and soon they learn all sorts of other tricks as well, including how to get shipshape and navigate the seven seas with just a stone, how to recite rude poems, and how to scare enemies into submission before a battle even begins. Hervor, the haunted shield-maiden, is also on hand to share her tips on how to take off with a handsome ransom and how to make it into Valhalla in the afterlife. So You Want to Be a Viking features the field's latest scholarship and is illustrated throughout with zany illustrations by Japanese cartoonist Takayo Akiyama. Any kid who's ever daydreamed about being a fierce Norse warrior will love this interactive guide.
Subject: Vikings -- Juvenile literature

  • Kirkus Reviews : Kirkus Reviews 2019 July #2
    A handy guide for young readers thinking that life on a longship in pursuit of plunder might be for them. Prospective Vikings will want to know something of the history and rewards of their calling, and so in this much simplified and newly illustrated version of John Haywood's Viking, a 2011 title in the Unofficial Manual series, Amson-Bradshaw offers useful features aplenty. These range from thumbnail portraits of Olaf Tryggvason and other renowned Viking leaders to travel articles such as "5 Epic Places To Plunder Before You Die (Violently)." Along the way she also deals out short but rousing disquisitions on battle tactics and berserkers, weapons and gear, seagoing navigation, Viking "healthcare," and other relevant topics. Akiyama illustrates it all in occasionally gory cartoon drawings with green and gray highlights featuring three modern children—timorous Angus, bloodthirsty Kate (both white), and Eddie, dark skinned and gung-ho—who travel back in time and are squired about by mighty warrior Bjorn and scowling shield maiden Hervor. The same modern trio tries out the life of legionaries in So You Want To Be a Roman Soldier? (2019), which is also recast for younger audiences from an earlier, longer work (Legionary, by Philip Matyszak, 2009) and likewise well stocked with historical people (only slightly more diverse than in ...Viking), places, and facts. Both make a career in, say, librarianship, look far more enticing. Salutary reading for armchair berserkers and shield maidens. (map, index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-10) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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