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This book is a part of the You Wouldn't Want to Be series of children's books, created by Salariya Book Company. Like all of the books in this series, this one has lots of brightly colored illustration and gobs of great, off-beat humor. The book presents the story of Radnor Lothbrok ("hairy trousers"), a Viking who leaves boring old Greenland to go on a voyage of discover, further to the unknown West.

This is a very funny book, one that is very informative on the Viking experiences of life and exploration. My one and only problem with the book is one error of history. The author mis-describes Greenland in 982 as "cold and few crops grow." In point of fact during the Medieval Warm Period Greenland was green along the coast, and the Viking colony was successful, exporting dairy and other products to Europe. It was only during the descent into the Little Ice Age that Greenland became the frozen wasteland we think of today.

Nonetheless, this book is very informative, but informative in a fun and funny manner that makes it a real joy to read. So, if you have an older child or young adult who wants to read a definitely not-dry book on Viking history, then steer him or her to You Wouldn't Want to Be a Viking Explorer!...they'll thank you later!
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on January 20, 2013
This series of books are well designed. The heavy use of pictures with short descriptions are perfect for keeping a child's interest. Just enough information is given with vividly drawn pictures, allowing one to be pulled in and absorbed by the content.

My son is 8 and this series totally captivates him! It's a fun book to look at and read through together as well. Quite informative!
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on October 19, 2014
Cleverly written and yet full of interesting facts.
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on June 16, 2015
Very pleased!
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on April 20, 2016
Nice series
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