Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion

By David MacPhail


Thorfinn is a nice, polite young Viking. How will he survive a voyage to Scotland with a bunch of marauding adventurers?

Year of Publication


'Thorfinn comes from a long line of ferocious, rampaging Vikings. His father, Harald the Skull-Splitter, is a Viking chief feared across Norway and beyond. But Thorfinn is a peace-loving, tea-drinking, jam-making thoroughly nice Viking. So, to make him fierce and nasty, his father decides to take him on his next voyage of destruction to Scotland. Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion is the first in a series by David MacPhail for newly fluent readers. The short, funny story is enhanced with illustrations by Richard Morgan.' -- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman '...delightful and truly funny brand new series.' --lovereading4kids 'A thrilling novel. The best I've read. My mum couldn't believe I read it in one day.' --George Daniels, age 7, for 'I think this book is best for learners and children who like adventurous stories. If I could give it 1 to 5 stars I would give it 5 stars.' --Phoenix Williams, age 7, for 'Thorfinn really is the nicest Viking ever! He goes on an adventure but instead of raiding a village, he comes back with a basket full of scones with jam! Really great story with good humour.' --Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10, for 'A slight twist on your usual Viking story, kept me on my toes.' --Oliver Lonsdale, age 7, for 'I really really enjoyed this book. Thorfinn the napkin folder is a hero and the book is hilarious. I also liked the extras at the end of the book.' --Harry Gray, age 7, for 'Great book for learning about Vikings!' --Connor Lobban, age 7, for 'A really funny book, I loved this!' --Luke Killen, age 7, for 'Funny, funny, funny...' -- Hermione Chaytors, age 6, for 'The story cracks along at a good pace accompanied by humorous black and white drawings. [...] This is a highly entertaining book celebrating difference that will delight newly confident readers.' --SLA (School Libray Association)

Author Biography

David MacPhail left home at eighteen to travel the world and have adventures. After working as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide and a waiter on a tropical island, he now has the sensible job of writing about yetis and Vikings. At home in Perthshire, Scotland, he exists on a diet of cream buns and zombie movies. David is also the author of Yeti on the Loose and the Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series. Richard Morgan was born and raised by goblins on the Yorkshire moors. He has painted backgrounds for Disney TV and now writes and illustrates children's books. He lives in Cambridge, England, and has a family of goblins of his own.