Vic Goes to War

26 Oct

Written by: Eric the Red

Illustrated by: John Endean

Published by: Paul Hamlyn, 1971

This book is beautifully illustrated in vibrant colours. It is the unlikely story of how dopey but, lovable Viking Vic, with his magic sword and, his fun-loving pet sea lion, Slapper inadvertently help the Vikings of Occulty Piggledon win a fierce sea battle against “the enemy” (Arabs?). My favourite character is Vic’s brother Eric the Red, tall, strong, smart, brave and a watchful older sibling, who lets Vic join the war despite the protests from all the other Vikings. My favourite illustration is the one with celebration streamers tied to Vic’s boat after the victory. My pictures do not do justice to the illustrations of John Endean who captures the fiery red hair and piercing blue eyes of the Vikings and the flamboyant flair of the enemy.

Why read this book to children?

  • It has a sword that pokes Vic in the bum; and
  • it is written by a Viking.

Who are you Eric the Red?

The enemyEric the Red


5 Responses to “Vic Goes to War”

  1. the empty shelf October 28, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    My first ‘Like’! Thank you Ellis. How did you find me?

  2. Ish January 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    I love the illustrations by John Rndean too!! I just did a search for more books as my kids adore the book “Vic Meets Slapper” seriously beautiful watercolor !

    • April 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Was there a thrid book written?

  3. Andi December 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I had Vic goes to war and the other book as a kid. Thanks for posting them.

  4. weebeastieboys March 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I also had Vic goes to war and have been reading it to my son as he is really into Vikings (and their weapons). We made a papier mache Viking helmet and I’ve linked your blog about Vic and Eric in my blog.

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