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. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at www.facebook.com/jamesfoleyillustrations , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at www.jamesfoley.com.au

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