I got this book for my nephew, as I wanted him to appreciate history from a fun point of view. "The Vicious Vikings" was informative, well written and a laugh-a-minute. Okay, so the age of the Vikings wasn't really funny, but Terry Deary has a great way of making the reader chuckle despite themselves. History can be horrible but it also can be VERY funny. How can you not laugh when the first words you see are "the Vikings lived in Scandinavia - that's the posh word for Sweden, Denmark and Norway." Also there are many cartoons to make history come alive in a way that children can relate too. The Horrible Histories series is wonderfully funny whilst at the same time being a great learning aid for children of all ages.