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The Last Viking

Written by Norman Jorgensen and illustrated by James Foley


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

’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. [four stars out of five]’ Good Reading Magazine

‘Norman Jorgensen’s writing and James Foley’s illustrations complement each other perfectly in this charming story about courage and imagination.’ Junior Books+Publishing

‘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


West Australian Young Readers Book Award (Winner 2012)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood (Shortlisted 2012)
Aurealis Award (Shortlisted 2012)
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Shortlisted 2012)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Awards (Winner 2012)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Books (Notable Book 2012)

ISBN 9781921888106 (Hardback)
9781925163155 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (235 x 295mm) (Hardback)
Picture Book (235 x 295mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Children's Picture Books
Pages 32
Publication Year 2011
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    James Foley

    James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His books include In The Lion, The Amity Kids Adventures, The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns. James is an ambassador for Books In Homes and Room to Read Australia, and the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West. His interests include comics, film, psychology, science, history (anything nerdy really), as well as yoga and social justice. He has far too many books in his bedside reading pile. Read more

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    Norman Jorgensen

    Norman was born in Broome in 1954, the eldest of four brothers, and lived in several country towns throughout Western Australia during his childhood. At the age of ten his family moved to Kalamunda, in the hills above Perth. Norman became an avid reader after being given The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton at age seven. He spends his spare time reading and watching old movies and enjoys travelling, woodworking and photography. Read more