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Children's Fiction Pre-confederation (to 1867)

Yikes, Vikings!

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Exploration & Discovery, Polar Regions
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic, Matt and Emily have met fearsome pirates in Frobisher Bay, outrun dinosaurs in the Alberta badlands, and panned for gold in the Yukon. In Yikes! Vikings!, Emily and Matt have the incredible experience of joining Eriksson and his crew on their historic journey to Vinland in the year 1001. Almost 500 years before Columbus, Viking Leif Eriksson was the first European to set foot on North American soil. But will the kids’ ingenuity save the day when a crew member gets lost in the new land? In this, the fourth book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Jean-Paul Eid’s action-packed illustrations situate readers in place and time perfectly. At the end of their adventure Emily and Matt share additional facts about Viking Explorers, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

Dean Griffiths' profile page


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Editorial Reviews

The Canadian Flyer time-travel adventure series…can be counted on to provide easy primary reading plus some factual information about various historical periods.

Victoria Times Colonist

The story has both girl and boy appeal and just the right amount of danger and adventure to add to the historical fiction.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Canadian schoolchildren are the big winners…this series makes Canadian history fun, exciting and accessible for elementary school students. While they are learning about past events, they are also honing their reading skills on the books’ short chapters, high-frequency words and visual clues.

Chronicle Herald

Helped along with thoughtful end notes by author Wishinsky, readers will have a deeper appreciation of Vikings’ sailing prowess, and their way of life…For kids wanting a thrilling read or help with a school project, Yikes, Vikings! will help them set sail.

Hamilton Spectator

Librarian Reviews

Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures)

Matt and Emily have the experience of joining the Viking, Leif Eriksson, and his crew on their historic journey to Vinland in the year 1001. The kids’ ingenuity saves the day when crew members get lost in the new land. Includes illustrations and facts about Vikings. Book Four in the series.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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