Velda the Awesomest Viking and the Voyage of Deadly Doom by David MacPhail, illustrated by Richard Morgan. Young Kelpies, 2021. 9781782507178
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? Velda, living in the Dark Ages, cannot wait to fight in a true Viking battle. She has waited her whole life to experience a deadly voyage. When her captain, Freya, gives her a special mission, she feels this is her chance to shine. Velda is eager to prove her prowess and save her shipmates in the most unlikely fashion. Zany characters like Henna and Nissa, pop in and out of this kinetic adventure, injecting humor and the odd comment that is sure to appeal to readers who enjoy bodily functions as part of their stories. The theme of “things are not always as they seem” is consistent throughout the text, and eventually learned by our heroine. Black and white illustrations help to bring the story to life. A map in the beginning is also helpful to readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The bathroom humor is pervasive and takes away from the main plot at times. References to Norse mythology could go over the heads of younger readers.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 1 to 5, who enjoyed Captain Underpants stories may enjoy this series.
Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary or intermediate schools or public libraries that cannot get enough low-level adventure stories with lots of bathroom humor.
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts
Date of review: October 13, 2021