I encountered this book at Library #3 and immediately knew I had to bring it with me and read it as soon as I could. This sounded too funny!
In this one we get a couple of stories featuring the twins Whack and Hack. I just adore their names it is so fitting for a Viking to have a name like that, and even more is that it fits these two to a tee. For most they are pretty much like any other kid. They hate chores and will do anything to get out of it (including going to a forest on a troll hunt). They have wild imaginations and do things that maybe aren’t the best to do (like steal a boat to find an island). I really had fun reading about the twins and see what they were getting up to. They are quite the duo and at times I felt for their parents. Yes, I felt for them despite them being Vikings as well. I don’t know. I guess the parents were proud? But it also felt like they weren’t. XD Very confusing. Francesca Simon really wrote Whack and Hack well, then again I could have expected that she was able to make a naughty character in a fun way. I mean I also read a few of her Horrid Henry books and I remember laughing at what he got up to.
We also meet other characters from the town. Including a girl who is way too nice to be a Viking (and her parents as well as they are all about singing and sharing and love, hippie Vikings I guess?), a boy whose pants keep twisting/dropping, and a girl who hates bathing/getting clean (which reminded me of Pig-Pen which made me like the character even more).
I had so much fun seeing the world these characters live in, even if it is mostly the town/the forest. I definitely hope in later books we get to see them go on a trip to the Bad Island and other places.
The art also was perfection, I love the style and I love the character designs, they are so fitting with the story and the personalities everyone has there.
All in all, highly recommended if you like Vikings + naughtiness.