Competition for July – Win 10 books from Fremantle Press!

Hi everyone, welcome to the first of our monthly competitions.

About the competitions

There’ll be a new prize every month from now until April 2011, leading up to the launch of The Last Viking in May 2011. Competitions will open on the first Tuesday of every month, and close by the end of the month.

We’ll set a different challenge each time- you might have to write, or draw, or research. And for the extra big final challenge, you might like to do all three.

The final competition will run throughout Term 1, 2011. We’ll ask you to put together a Viking-related project- and in return you could win a class visit from Norman and I*. But more on that later. What’s this month’s competition?

This month’s competition

You could win ten children’s books from Fremantle Press!

We’re making the first challenge easy on you – to enter, all you have to do is:

a) leave a comment on one of the posts published between now and the 29th of July,(see Guidelines for adding comments)


b) subscribe to the blog at the link on the top-right.

The winner will be drawn from a Viking helmet, and announced on July 30!

The fine print: this competition runs from 1 July to 29 July. Winners will be drawn on 30 July at 2 pm WST and announced on the blog. To be eligible, students or teachers must either subscribe to the blog, or leave a comment. Employees of Fremantle Press or their families are ineligible to win.

*class visit will be offered if the school is in the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia- otherwise an online session will be offered.

Author: James Foley

James Foley makes children’s books for children who read books. If you’re a child and you’re eating his books, you’re doing it wrong. His books include Brobot, Dungzilla, Gastronauts, Chickensaurus, Toffle Towers, My Dead Bunny and There's Something Weird About Lena. James lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a labrador. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at .

27 thoughts on “Competition for July – Win 10 books from Fremantle Press!”

  1. I’ve truly enjoyed the author’s previous books and can’t wait for the new one. I do have a question. Does the author look anything like the gnome wearing the viking helmet?

    Cindy Bostick Duncan

  2. Hey Norman & James,
    Congratulations on the book – are you doing a video too? Might as well go for funding – there’s plenty around and I suspect James, you are capable… you’ve got the characters made already.

    1. Hi Frances,
      do you mean a book trailer, or a film? I’m guessing we’ll need to put a book trailer together closer to the release date, but a film would be excellent 🙂

  3. This is a lovely blog gentlemen – bravo! Looking forwards to many more fabulous posts between now and the book launch all the way in the sparkly future of 2011.

  4. I’ve shared the information about this blog with the teachers at my school. The plan is to follow the book’s progress and learn how a book is born. We’re all looking forward to the journey!

    -Miss Marshall

    1. Hi Rachel,
      How’s things in Carnarvon? I imagine you’ll be having James at CSHS as he’ll be in town for Country Bookweek. Your kids will be among the first to see Knut’s progress. And yes, get him to judge the burping competition.
      Great to hear from you.
      Skol, Norman.

      1. Hi Norman, we are looking forward to meeting James when he visits us in sunny Carnarvon.

  5. What an excellent resource to actually have in the library! Teachers and students are impressed by it!

  6. Norman your books are awesome like old school. Cant wait to get the book the last viking and thanks for coming to our class last time.


  8. |’_’| |^_^| |!_!| |*_*| |%_%| |#_@| |+_+| |$_$| |&_&| |`_`|(?_?)
    i want a prize your books are awesome


  10. Thanks Norman for coming to our class I think your new book will be awesome.I hope my mum will let me get it.

    ps I hope you can come to our class again.

  11. your books are realy cool im really looking forward to reading your new viking one it sounds cool. and i hope you come to our class again soon :)ps: your bookd are really cool

    1. Hello gang. Thanks for your kind comments and for entering our competition. I sure hope you win.

      Do you want to know a famous Viking proverb? “If you chop off your enemy’s feet, then he can’t chase after you!” (Well, Vikings were a little bit blood thirty.)

      It was really great meeting you guys as well. Maybe we can do it again one day. Skol, Norman.

  12. I just wanted to say thanks soooo much for coming out to our school and presenting to us…
    I REALLY enjoyed it and glad I went back and got an autograph and picture with you!!!!!
    I love the story and the Illustrations are AMAZING…
    I realised that day how much effort and commitment is needed to create such an amazing book.
    My friends and I entered the Write a Book-In-A-Day Competition and we managed to create a good book but your book looks AMAZING and i have got so much more appreciation for books now that I have realised the work that goes into it!!!!
    Cant wait the read it all in one!!!


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