The Viking Who Liked Icing


Nut is The Viking Who Liked Icing. While his sister Leaf is a champion archer and competitor, Nut dreams of cakes. lt means that his dicing and slicing, mixing and whisking results in such triumph that there isn’t ‘a thing that Nut‘ cannot create! Yet how can he fit into a world of Vikings when his sort of skills are not valued?

Is it possible that when it comes to Viking Sports’ Day, Nut can try his hardest and might survive? Might it be that by carrying ‘a shield on his arm’ and a ‘cake in his hand‘ he might urge himself forward that he’s not last, just this once?

However, running and rowing and swimming and archery are disastrous. Then when Nut lines up for ‘the Great Horn- Throwing Race‘, he has no horn; there is ‘nothing to throw- except [his} pink cake and…’  Might this be the end for Nut? Or could the pink icing blob that dribbles down Chief Olaf’s nose onto his tongue result in a First place for….

The Viking Who Liked Icing is full of comedic adventure and imagination. Lu Fraser’s rhyme is bright, clever and fitting, while Mark McKinley’s pictures are exuberant and bounding. Bookwagon loves the message and originality of this fun-filled picture book and recommends it highly.

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The Viking Who Liked Icing

Lu Fraser and Mark McKinley


While Leafling the Brave can swing and thrust her sword, it seems that her brother’s sword gathers dust under his bed. Although the siblings are very fond of each other, these Vikings have little in common. Leaf ‘is amazing at shooting her bow‘ while Nut doesn’t ‘climb trees or swim icy lakes’. However he is an exceptional baker!
Yet what good is a warrior who dreams ‘of sticky, iced buns filled with strawberry cream‘? It seems that Viking Sports Day will prove nothing short of disastrous for our hero! Is it possible that Nut’s determination to do his best will mean he does all right? Or could it be that Nut’s running, rowing, swimming and archery will be worse than anyone might imagine? Then again, what will happen when Nut’s asked to line up for ‘the Great Horn-Throwing Race‘? After all, he’s ‘nothing to throw- except [a] pink cake’? How is Chief Olaf likely to react to Nut’s awkward throwing and then the arrival of ‘a blob of pink icing [rolling[ down his nose?
We love Lu Fraser’s The Littlest Yak and welcome this partnership with Mark McKinley. Together, they have created an action-packed, tasty, tempting, imaginative, rhyming, colour swirling feast of adventure. Bookwagon loves The Viking Who Liked Icing and recommends it to our picture book readers.


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