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The Last Viking

by Norman Jorgensen with illustrations by

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Let the pillaging begin! CBC Picture Book of the Year winner, Norman Jorgensen, teams up with illustrator James Foley on this fun picture book about a boy who outwits local bullies by channelling his inner Viking.

James and Norman run a blog for teachers, students and aspiring authors. It follows the real-time trials, tribulations and joys of creating a picture book and is called KnutTheLastViking

Praise for the book
‘Foley’s illustrations reflect the humour and warmth of Jorgensen’s text … The Last Viking will provide many happy hours of reading and gazing for little ones and grown-ups alike.’ — The Age

‘This is such a fun book, with the illustrations and text working together perfectly to create an exciting, magical story. ****’ — Good Reading Magazine

‘Norman Jorgensen’s writing and James Foley’s illustrations complement each other perfectly in this charming story about courage and imagination. As in all the best picture books, the words allow room for the cartoonish, expressive art to expand and deepen the story.’ — Junior Bookseller+Publisher

‘This is a beautifully illustrated book, with easy transitions from the present to Viking days of glory. The inclusion of a page from Pop’s Viking book is fascinating and adds to the many layers of this wonderfully inventive book of heroes and legends.’ — ABC Canberra Drive

‘I have a new favourite picture book!’ —

‘In this delightful story of a small boy and his dog, imagination and myth integrate neatly with reality to create a picture book that will entice the reader to engage in a range of discussions including bullying, new siblings, courage and the power of myth and story.’ — IC3 The Professional Journal of the WA School Library Association & AISWA Libraries

The Last Viking is a charming book that will appeal to anyone who has an interest in Vikings, or perhaps has a fearful child.’ — Magpies

‘Teaching the importance of courage and the fun of imagination, this is a beautiful read accompanied by equally lovely illustrations.’ — Practical Parenting Magazine

‘This clever story about childhood fears and overcoming them is perfectly complemented by James Foley’s colourful and humorous illustrations.’ — The West Australian

‘… a warm and funny book about being brave and what can happen when you truly believe in something with all your heart.’ — Buzzwords

Children's Picture Books
Publication Year
Fremantle Press
  • Winner, Western Australian Young Readers Award, 2012
  • Shortlisted, Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood, 2012
  • Shortlisted, Aurealis Award, 2012
  • Shortlisted, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, 2012
  • Winner, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Awards, 2012
  • Notable Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Books, 2012
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Height x Width mm
210 x 230
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