This is my first taste of a Jeremy Strong book and I have to say I am impressed. The story is cleverly thought out and written and each character is well fleshed out to appear loveable or not as the tale dictates. Viking at School is not at all condescending in the language used and as such should appeal to children from around six years old and over and there are one or two little jokes that may well float over the heads of younger readers but have any adults smiling wryly. Take the mention of the increased sale of little silver hip flasks when Sigurd arrives back in town, or the mention of the teachers enjoying the arrival of the Viking at school as it means an easy day for them. All very clever stuff that leaves you feeling sympathy with Sigurd while at the same time getting annoyed at his inherent stupidity and not being able to get anything right!
So a good fun story for young and old alike to enjoy. Black and white drawings by John Levers break up text nicely and offer a fun distraction. Four stars out of five from me with the recommendation that if you have ever thought about entertaining a Viking - be it at home or school - you really should read this first so you know what you are letting yourself in for.