Leif the Unlucky Viking: Saga of the Shooting Star

Illustrator: Gary Northfield

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Leif the Unlucky Viking Series

Age 7+

Adventure Stories Historical Fiction Humorous Stories

An hilarious new illustrated chapter book series featuring the hapless adventures of Leif the Unlucky Viking wolf pup, from the creator of the hugely popular Julius Zebra books!

Leif is not unlucky. Yes, he does split his trousers at least once a week. And yes, he's always tripping up and falling down a hole. But he’s determined to become a true Viking hero, just like his dad. Can he unravel the riddles of a witch to find a magical shard of rock that has fallen from a shooting star and wield its mystical powers? He will have to journey deep into the heart of polar bear country, outwitting all kinds of mythological creatures along the way. Thankfully, he has Olaf, the annoying duck, Toki, the nincompoop Puffin, and Flora, the incredibly smelly Muskox, for company. He's going to need all the luck he can get!


Gary Northfield is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of children's books and comics. His bestselling Julius Zebra series has now been translated into several languages worldwide and includes four books: Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans!; Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons!; Julius Zebra; Entangled with the Egyptians!; and Julius Zebra: Grapple with the Greeks! Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! won the 2017 Spellbinding Book Award voted for by children. Gary's other books include The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! and Gary's Garden. Gary's work is also published in The Beano, The Dandy and National Geographic Kids among many other magazines. He lives with his dog Stan, partner Nicky and baby twins. Find Gary online at garynorthfield.com, on Twitter as @garynorthfield and Instagram as @stupidmonster.


A visually joyous, effortlessly hilarious epic of dogs, ducks, Vikings and magic!

Featured in The Bookseller’s August 2023 children’s previews.

The Bookseller

A laugh-out-loud epic adventure. Bonkers and brilliant!

This is a book that would be brilliant as a class read aloud as the teacher will enjoy it just as much as the children.


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