The Last Viking turns 10

On a dark and stormy night exactly 10 years ago today, The Last Viking was launched.

It was my very first published book, illustrated by me and written by Norman Jorgensen, and it was launched in dramatic Viking style. Thor brought a ‘once-in-1o-years’ thunderstorm down upon us with 30mm of rain falling in 30 minutes. Hundreds of guests, all completely drenched, helped us celebrate. It was a night to remember, and I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already. Then I look at my kids and my hairline and I can definitely believe it.

To celebrate the milestone, I’ve been posting some behind-the-scenes pics on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past 10 days; head over to those for more in-depth detail. But I’ll share a little bit of it here too. Here are the rough and final versions of some of my favourite spreads in the book.

You can find more behind-the-scenes posts about The Last Viking here;

and teacher resources are here.

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Stellarphant headed to the US in 2022

The flag of the USA flutters on a flagpole on the surface of the moon. A copy of Stellarphant sits next to it.

Fantastic news – Stellarphant is headed to the USA!

It’s the first time any of my books have been published over there, so I’m very excited.

Kane Miller Books will release Stellarphant in the US in early 2022.

Stellarphant will be available in Australia from Nov 2021. Aussies can pre-order it here.

There’s Something Weird About Lena is out TODAY!

My new picture book, There’s Something Weird About Lena, is out today!

It’s the follow-up to 2015’s cult-favourite, My Dead Bunny. Prepare yourself for another hilariously creepy picture book (for older readers!).

You can find out more about the book here, and you can order it at the links below.

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Chickensaurus is out TODAY!

My new graphic novel, Chickensaurus, is out today!

I hope you enjoy the story; I worked really hard on this one and I think it’s my best yet! And special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy, it makes a huge difference.

Here’s a little insight into the process of making the graphic novel; it’s a timelapse of me working on four pages from the final illustrations. It’s about 7 hours work shrunk down into 11 minutes.

You can order Chickensaurus at the links below.

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Meet the characters from There’s Something Weird About Lena

My new picture book, There’s Something Weird About Lena, is out in two weeks!

Today I’m going to introduce you to the cast of characters.

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Awesome Festival workshops + a double book launch

The Awesome Festival is back (and COVID safe) this October in Perth. I’m running some art workshops for kids, plus I’m having a double book launch!

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Two new book trailers

I love making book trailers. It makes the armchair-movie-director in me feel very satisfied!

It’s a great challenge to make a movie that will give readers a sense of what the book is about; it’s also very exciting to find just the right music and sound effects that will bring the story to life.

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