The Last Viking Returns out now

The-Last-Viking-Returns-cover-500pxMy new children’s book The Last Viking Returns is finally out!

Written by Norman Jorgensen, it’s the sequel to The Last Viking. Here’s the official synopsis:

Josh is still as brave as a Viking warrior, and not much can scare a Viking … but the two littlest Vikings have grown up a bit since the first book, and they’re going berserk. They think they’re invincible, and that spells trouble!

When Pop takes the family to Viking World, Josh finds out just how far he’ll go to keep them safe.

You can find The Last Viking Returns at your local bookstore and online.

Hit the link for more photos from the official launches!

The Last Viking Returns book launches

We had two launches this past week: a mini-launch at the fantastic Beaufort St Books in Mount Lawley, then a big mammoth launch at the State Library. Tonya McCusker generously dressed up to launch our book with her daughter Mary ably assisting.

A huge thank you to Tonya, Mary and Malcolm for attending, along with the Hon. Melissa Parke MP, Federal Member for Fremantle and Duncan Ord, Director General for the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.

More thank yous go to Jo Andrew, Carina McPherson and all the staff at the State Library of WA for helping to organise the launch and for letting our berzerker hordes take over the children’s section; to Chris Owen for MCing, and to his family for preparing the remote-controlled Viking ship (and attaching labels to the exhibition for me!); to Cate Sutherland, Claire Miller, Kate Norman, Tracey Gibbs and the whole team at Fremantle Press; to Jane and the team at Beaufort Street Books, and to all the people who support Norman and I to make our books (that includes you, reader).

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drawing for kids at the Beaufort St Books mini-launch
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Myself (left) and author Norman Jorgensen (far right) with Malcolm, Tonya and Mary McCusker
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Norman and I signing books
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A tired, hairy and happy man

You can see more photos from the launches at The Last Viking blog.
(The blog also includes lots of behind-the-scenes sketches and roughs, so check it out if you’re interested).

As you can tell from the bags under my eyes in the photo above, it’s been a super busy year. But it’s not over yet! There’s a few events on in September and October.

 September & October events

The Last Viking Returns exhibition

The State Library of WA is exhibiting prints of the final artwork for The Last Viking Returns until September 30.

There’s also some original character designs, storyboards and progressive drawings, as well as research material and early manuscripts.

Free entry.

State Library opening hours:

Mon – Thurs 9.00am – 8.00pm
Fri 9.00am – 5.30pm
Sat – Sun 10.00am – 5.30pm

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original sketches and character designs on display
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launch of the book and the exhibition


School holiday events at Boffins Bookshop, Perth

Boffins has kindly organised three events in the September/October school holidays for my books In The Lion and The Last Viking Returns. Adults get in free and kids entry is $5, which is redeemable off any book purchases. Boffins is taking online bookings via the links below.

In The Lion

Tuesday 30th Sept, 10am –
In The Lion event. I’ll read from the book, do some demonstration drawings, and kids can do their own. Reserve your place online.

Wednesday 1st Oct, 10am –
Norman Jorgensen and I will be doing a Last Viking Returns event. We’ll read from the book, do some drawings of dragons and longships and make our own Viking helmets.  Reserve your place online.

Tuesday 7th Oct, 2pm –
another In The Lion event. Reserve your place online.


The Last Viking Returns prints for sale

I’ve got a few double-page spreads from the book available as limited-edition prints from my shop page.

The Last Viking Returns: Viking World map
The Last Viking Returns: Viking World map
The Last Viking Returns: Viking World
The Last Viking Returns: Viking World

What’s next?

I’ve got some exciting books in the pipeline; if you like zombies and rabbits, stay tuned. I’ve also got some Children’s Book Week adventures to tell you about, but that will wait for another post …

Thanks for reading,


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 .

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