Vikings by Valerie Bodden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The content is minimal but okay. Basic and simple, which is probably to be expected at this level.
However, the format isn’t great. Text running different directions is annoying, and I found reading the spiral to be especially aggravating, though perhaps a child more patient than I would do so.
I also don’t love the pastels, and very few of the pictures have captions, which I found to be frustrating. Don’t show me something and then fail to tell me what it is. Argh!
Overall, not bad for a starter book on vikings. Could be better. Could be worse.
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Viking Raiders by Anne Civardi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay, this is by far one of my favorite Viking reference books (out of the 12-ish that I’ve read so far), even though it’s written for kids (probably because of that). It provides so much straightforward information about the Vikings in a format that is very easy to peruse and consume. It’s both informative and fun to look at.
This text has a bit of a graphic novel feel about it, because it uses pictures and explanations to help explain Viking life, with big sprawling two page scenes full of descriptions for what’s going on in the pictures. It did a great job of helping me better understand what a Viking village might have looked like, what the inside of a Viking longhouse might have looked liked, and all the different parts of ships and ship building.
I really love this one so much that I may see if it’s possible to buy a copy.
Vikings by Kenneth W. Harl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an interesting course, with 36 different lectures on the Vikings. I found it to be engaging, and while some of the lectures were more interesting to me and my research than others, this was overall an excellent series.
The professor really knows his information, and if you are looking on a reliable and more in-depth resource on Vikings that is still captivating, then this may be for you.
For the lectures that were really of interest to me, I was all in and hanging on every word. If there are lectures that are less interesting to you, then you may be able to skip some of them. However, you never know when information might tie across from one lecture to the next, so I went through all 36. I just took a bit more out of some than others, depending on the topic, my interest, and how relevant it was to the specific research I was doing.
Since I enjoyed this so much, I may check out courses on other topics the next time a research bug hits me. Also, I suspect once I complete my research, I may go back and listen to specific lectures from this series that really bring a topic full circle, to make sure I got the whole picture correct.
Vikings: A Guide to the Terrifying Conquerors by Sean McCollum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a great, basic resource. I really liked the format and the way the information was divided up. It was easy to consume, and it had a good combination of pictures to text for the targeted age range. While it would be a great resource for kids, it’s also handy for adults. It covered some information about basic Viking life that I have wanted but didn’t find in other longer resources. I’m a fan of this straightforward and easy to read approach.
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