Adventures with the Vikings

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The Binkerton twins, Josh and Emma, and their little sister, Libby, unwittingly stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency and are carried off on a trip they'll never forget. First, the kids are stowaways on a Viking longship. Then, the Berserker, the most feared of Norse warriors, drags Josh along on a Viking raid. And Emma makes a plunder blunder that turns the siblings into slaves! Will the Binkertons' latest saga come to an untimely end? Adventures with the Vikings mixes fact and fiction for fast, funny and ...
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Overview

The Binkerton twins, Josh and Emma, and their little sister, Libby, unwittingly stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency and are carried off on a trip they'll never forget. First, the kids are stowaways on a Viking longship. Then, the Berserker, the most feared of Norse warriors, drags Josh along on a Viking raid. And Emma makes a plunder blunder that turns the siblings into slaves! Will the Binkertons' latest saga come to an untimely end? Adventures with the Vikings mixes fact and fiction for fast, funny and fascinating romps through the past. Kids will adore the contemporary comic-book look, while parents, teachers and librarians will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information.
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Editorial Reviews

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The detailed illustrations, cartoon-like ink drawings with colorful washes, underscore the humorous tone of the story while detailing the material culture of the Vikings. After the story ends, a final page of text offers a map of exploration and some historical background, rounding out this brief, accessible introduction to the subject.
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Kids are sure to devour these lively books.

The detailed illustrations, cartoon-like ink drawings with colorful washes, underscore the humorous tone of the story while detailing the material culture of the Vikings. After the story ends, a final page of text offers a map of exploration and some historical background, rounding out this brief, accessible introduction to the subject.

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Cute illustrations and a fun story line teach readers about the Vikings—their ships, their sports, pastimes, games, social structure. My twelve year-old loved it. The last page offers more historical information on Vikings and a thematic index. Highly recommended for history enrichment or just plain fun. 2001, Kids Can Press, $14.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
The Binkerton siblings, Josh, Emma and Libby, literally stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency. The gnarled owner hands Libby a guidebook, to the dismay of Josh and Emma, and in a flash the three are transported back 1000 years to the land of the Vikings. They must finish the book in order to get home. They know this as they have already been to Egypt and the Middle Ages in two other books in the "Adventures" series. As they stumble through some rough times with their Vikings hosts they learn much about the culture. "If you take a Viking cruise, there's a good chance you'll end up in a raid. Be prepared." Viking entertainment is not for the faint-hearted and by all means try to avoid the Berserker. Remember the phrase "going berserk?" In a rollicking tongue-in-cheek style, the reader will learn many interesting facts about the Vikings. They arrived in America centuries before Columbus without the aid of navigational tools. They conquered by surprise and terror, and some people made a Danegeld payment to bribe the Vikings to stay away. Some days of the week are named after Viking gods. The colorful watercolor and ink drawings will also entertain young historians. 2001, Kids Can Press, $14.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Laura Hummel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550745443
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Good Times Travel Agency Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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