Kid’s Book Review: Two Terrible Vikings and Grunt the Berserker

Kid’s Book Review: Two Terrible Vikings and Grunt the Berserker

About the Book and Author

Grunt the Berserker is the second book in the Two Terrible Vikings series by Francesca Simon. There are three short adventures in this book illustrated by Steve May.

We have included a clip of the Francesca Simon introducing this series at Bradford Literature Festival in 2021. She reads a short passage from the first book which gives you a sense of its fun!

Two Terrible Vikings Grunt the Berserker
Francesca Simon author

Francesca is one of the nation’s most popular authors and has written over fifty books for children of all ages. She is best known for creating the character Horrid Henry. When she is not writing, Francesca is often encouraging and inspiring young writers and has judged many writing competitions for schools. She has also been a judge for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2009, in one of the proudest moments of her career, Francesca was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.

Steve May is an animation director & freelance illustrator. As an animation director his films Anger & Rabbits won the Association of Illustrators Gold New Media Award in 2012 & 2010. X&Y (2008) was shortlisted for the British Animation Awards 2008 & has been screened internationally. His films Gut (2001) & Round (2000) have been screened in numerous international festivals & he has directed work for commercials & television including Cyberstreetwise for HM Government, & Spacehopper Man for BBC 3’s acclaimed Monkeydust series.

Here is our kids’ review from the first title in this series:  Two Terrible Vikings


Book Review

The names of all the characters are unusual and I found them really funny because they reveal the personalities of the characters

I would describe this book as three funny adventures in one book.

The plot is about two sibling vikings who get into mischief by doing things they shouldn’t. In the first adventure they visit a market, the second takes place at their school and the third one is about their smelly next door neighbour!

The names of all the characters are unusual and I found them really funny because they reveal the personalities of the characters. For example Bitey Bitey (the dog).

I enjoyed this book because there is always something going on. I had not read the first book in the series but this didn’t matter.

The pictures in this book are funny and help to bring this book to life. I started reading it at an after-school Book Club and had already finished the first story by the time to go home. I continued reading it that evening as I did not want to put it down and finished the whole book that night.

It was probably a bit too easy for me but I still really enjoyed being able to immerse myself in such a fun story. Sometimes I just want to read a book that is not challenging for me.

I would recommend it to readers aged 7- 9 years, maybe as young as 6 years old if they are good at reading.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Bella
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: reading, dancing and drawing
  • Dislikes: spiders and sprouts
  • Favourite Book: Tom Gates: Top of the Class by Liz Pichon
  • Favourite Film: The Order of the Phoenix
  • Favourite Song: I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston