Ever wonder how a picture book is made?

Me too. I’m working on the illustrations for my first picture book, called The Last Viking.

The book centres on Josh, a shy boy who is afraid of everything. His Pop teaches him about Vikings, those mighty warriors of the North, and Josh makes up his mind to follow in their fearless footsteps. He takes the Viking name Knut, dons his home-made armour and builds a longship. When bullies threaten Knut he must find the courage to stand up for himself- and luckily, the Viking Gods have been watching…

It’s written by Norman Jorgensen, author of Jack’s Island, In Flander’s Fields, and the Ashe of the Outback series. It will be published by Fremantle Press in mid-2011.

Norman and I will be sharing the book-making process on a blog- come behind the scenes and see how it works! There’ll be competitions to enter too.

Check it out at www.knutthelastviking.wordpress.com.

The Last Viking blog

Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016) and Dungzilla (2017) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The third in the series, Gastronauts, will be published in late 2018. James’ earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015) In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. James comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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