REVIEW: Viking in Love by Doug Cenko
In this laugh-out-loud picture book, a Viking falls in love and must face the only thing in his way of attaining it: his fear of the sea.
Stig is your quintessential Viking guy. He loves fresh air, stew, and adorable kittens . . . but he hates the sea. Ingrid is your quintessential Viking gal. She loves all of the above and the sea. What happens when Stig sees Ingrid? Of course, he falls head over heels. But there is one significant problem that stands in their way: the sea.
Will Stig find a way to overcome his fears and woo the bold and beautiful Ingrid? Only if he uses his Viking ingenuity . . . and a few kittens.
This book is truly adorable: sweet with simple and easy to follow dialog. The illustrations are fantastic: not too overdone so that the message is lost but very “Viking-ish.” It shows perseverance, inventiveness, true love, facing your fears, and kittens. I especially loved Ingrid’s kitten’s Viking helmet. Oh, yes and Ingrid actually saves the day. Go Viking women! A-