Re­turn of the Knut

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Book -

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.

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The Last Vik­ing Re­turns il­lus­tra­tor James Fo­ley hams it up at the se­quel book launch with au­thor Nor­man Jor­gensen.

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