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.
working on a picture book for older readers that’s coming out in 2015;
visiting lots of schools and libraries to present talks and workshops;
and doing an Artist Residence at Mount Hawthorn Primary School with fellow author/illustrator Briony Stewart.
This year has been busy! But on to the purpose of this post.
Today is a landmark for a few reasons.
Firstly, it marks the end of my first year as a full-time author/illustrator.
It’s been an amazing year and I want to thank all the schools, libraries, freelance clients, teachers, students, parents and colleagues who have supported my work and helped make all this possible. I’m very lucky to be doing what I do.
My first picture book The Last Viking (written by the great Norman Jorgensen) has won the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) Crystal Kite Award. This is a members’ choice award. Writers and illustrators from each region voting on their favourite title for the past year.
Congratulations to all the other Crystal Kite winners around the world! And many many thanks to all the Australian and New Zealander SCWBIans for choosing our book; it’s very humbling to have your support.
Although Children’s Book Week is over for another year, the fun ain’t over yet – because the HeARTlines Festival is just getting started.
This biennial festival celebrates children’s literature and book illustration, and is held at the Mundairing Arts Centre in the Perth hills. This year HeARTlines is dedicated to the memory of the festival’s founder, WA author Louise Schofield. Louise was an incredible woman and it’s an honour to be a part of her festival this year.
I’ll have original artwork from The Last Viking on display in the exhibition, and prints for sale too… the exhibition opens tonight (Friday 2nd September) and closes Sunday 9th October. I’ll also be running a school holiday cartooning workshop during the festival – here’s the details:
Friday 7th October
Cost: $15 ($10 for members of the Mundairing Arts Centre or Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre).
Call (08) 9295 3991 to book your place.
Actually, it was. Norm and I had been watching the weather forecast all week, wondering what the heavens would bring on the Friday night of our launch. By Tyr’s Day, we could see that rain was likely. By Wodin’s Day, rain was certain. Come Freyja’s Day, when the wind didn’t let up all day, we knew a storm was brewing. Thor was angry. The joke going around was that his invite had been lost on it’s way to Asgard. But maybe that was true, and he thought we were snubbing him… and when you snub a Norse god, you get a once-in-10-years weather event. Thirty millimetres of rain fell in 30 minutes: the precise 30 minutes in which our guests were en route to the launch.
The supremely talented book designer Tracey Gibbs has been laying out the pages and I’m really pleased with the proofs so far.
here’s some more info on the book on the official page, including some sample illustrations. There’s also a facebook page and a blog, where Norm and I have been documenting the process of making the book since June 2010. Come by and visit some time.
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.