Return of the Knut
FOR many the idea of a guardian angel looking over their shoulder is a comfort, but for young adventurer and wannabe-Viking Josh the guardians are Norse gods.
Josh, who has given himself the Viking name Knut, is none too pleased about the crazy antics of his young twin siblings, also known as the littlest Vikings, in new children’s book The Last Viking Returns.
Eager to get the children out of the house, Pop takes them to Viking World when Thor, watching over Knut from his home in the sky, decides to join them.
What follows is a lot of adventure and a fair share of trouble for Knut at Viking World and the Norse gods in their sky home Asgard.
Eager to stick to a good thing, author Norman Jorgensen and illustrator James Foley followed up the success of The Last Viking in 2011 with the release of its sequel this month.
Jorgensen said they never intended The Last Viking to become a series.
“It was a one- off, but we enjoyed working together as we shared the same sense of humour, like that of two 12-year-olds who have been at the red cordial,” he said.
“We had such great feedback about our characters that it seemed natural to us to find out what happened to them next.”
Foley said the aim was to follow on from the first book’s theme of bravery.
“Whereas the first book was about standing up for yourself against bullies, this book is about standing up for others who need help,” he said.
The Last Viking Returns illustrator James Foley hams it up at the sequel book launch with author Norman Jorgensen.