Title: The Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Adventurers
Author: Marcia Williams
Illustrator: Marcia Williams
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Older children’s picture book, Non-fiction, History
Book format: Paperback
Description: Take a voyage back to the Viking Age and meet legendary warriors, daring explorers and quick-witted gods.
Discover incredible stories of Viking raids, conquered kingdoms and dramatic battles.
Packed with colourful comic-strips, facts and jokes, this is the ultimate introduction to the Viking world from the award-winning Marcia Williams.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a fun and interesting book all about the Vikings! Lager than A4 in size the paperback is filled with lots of fun and colourful illustrations and text. The Vikings are a fascinating people who raided, traded and invaded many lands, and in this book children can discover who the Vikings were and the different adventures they had.
The Vikings have always fascinated me, ever since I was a child and first read a non-fiction children’s book like this about them. I don’t remember much about that book I read now, but this one is just so interesting, and the way it’s arranged makes it so fun and engaging too! At the start of the book we’re introduced to exactly who the Vikings were and the gods that they believed in, before moving on to talk about the various different things the Vikings did. They aren’t all invaders but farmers, etc too, and we also learn about some specific Vikings from history who discovered new lands or invaded England.
Every double page of this book is so engaging, there is a main section of text underneath some fun images which look like comic strips, as well as small notes on the sides of the page made by Loki, the trickster god, and some extra information on the topic spoken about along the bottom of the page. The writing isn’t complicated or long and I love how such simple and short sentences really teach you about what the Vikings were like. The illustrations are all so brilliant and really help you to understand what’s being explained on the page. I just love how detailed some pictures are, with lots of Viking people interacting in various funny ways! The illustrations really do help to make the text easier to understand and I just love how you can see the expressions on all of the people changing as things happen.
The book really is a good read and does teach you a lot about the Vikings, especially if you didn’t know anything to start with. Some of my favourite pages include one of the first showing what the different worlds, and universe is like, that the Vikings believed in, like Yggdrasil, the tree of life, and Asgard, Midgard, etc. It’s just such an engaging read and one I would definitely recommend. This isn’t the first book by the author, I’ve already read her book about the Tudors and both that book and this are just so fascinating and will make you want to keep looking at them again and again to see all the little details on each page and with this book, to find out all about these interesting facts about the Vikings!
What do you think of this book? Are you or your children interrested in Vikings? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂