The Last Viking Returns

Vikings, Bookweek and Small Dogs


While speaking to a class of Year 3s during Bookweek, I started telling them about Little Knut’s dog. As you can see , he’s a cute, white, West Highland Terrier. I had originally called him Wolverine to start with, but then when he becomes Knut’s trusted Viking Dog, always at his side, Knut changes his name to Hemrod, in honour of one of the Norse Gods. After talking to Cate, our publisher, we decided he could stay as Wolverine after all, so prevent any confusion.

I was about to launch into a spiel to these kids about how Wolverine wears a vegetable straining colander as a helmet, and has a dog collar with Thor’s Hammer as a pendant, and about how he is always brave, as long as Knut stands in front of him. Suddenly,  one little girl’s hand shot into the air with a question that obviously could not wait one more second.

‘Yes?’ I asked. ‘You have a question?’

‘Did you know Mr Jorgensomething… that if you have a white dog, you can dye it pink? Me and my mum, we dyed our white dog pink, and now we have a pink dog.’

‘Oh,’ I stumbled, not quite knowing how to respond to that question. ‘What’s your pink dog called?’

‘Paris Hilton.’

Then another hand shot up. And another, and another, and another, and within three seconds every hand was pumping towards the ceiling.

‘I’ve got a dog.’

‘We got a cat.’

‘We’ve got a budgie.’

‘We had a cute kitten.’

‘Oh, did it die?’ I asked, sympathetically.

‘Nar, it turned in really ugly cat.’

So now James Foley, I’ve decided that you need to paint Wolverine pink, and replace his Thor dog collar with a tasteful pink satin Viking bow. And I’ll change the text to call Wolverine,  Wolverette.


Author: normanjorgensen

I'm an Australian writer of books for kids and teenagers. I like traveling and seeing the world, especially through the the lens of my camera. I'm addicted to old movies, red wine and books and decent music.

5 thoughts on “Vikings, Bookweek and Small Dogs

  1. Norman I had a west highland terrior when I was four… Its name was Corrie… x

    • Good question Margie. You would have fitted right in with this class. Instead of pink you could have dyed wee Corrie with the Hamilton tartan. Wouldn’t that have looked fantastic. Ach hi the noo.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion Norm 😉 The bullies already have enough reasons to tease little Josh, what with his horned helmet and cardboard armour. Making Wolverine pink would be throwing Josh to the lions.
    I’ll show some of the Wolverine sketches in another post in a few weeks.

  3. James, you are no fun anymore ! You used to be as mad as a meat axe and out of contol, ready to try anything, ready to toss Knut to the lions, but now you are about to have your birthday tomorrow and turn old, you have become far too serious. Me and Knut want the other James back, the one who would have said, ‘Pink! Why stop at pink? Let’s paint Wolverine all the colours of the rainbow!!! And have him pee all over the bullies legs. And bite their bums. Let’s still toss Knut to the lions! Think of the illustrations you could create.

  4. Isn’t there a saying that says something about kids and animals?

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