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Written & illustrated by Pete Oswald
Published by Candlewick Press
5.44 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
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“A delightful wordless journey that will inspire readers to spend quality time (together) in nature”

This wordless picture book follows a father and child through a day spent in quality time together on a hike. From the very first page, when the child awakes—eyes open wide with excitement for the day’s planned activity—the illustrations give readers plenty to explore themselves, with the outdoorsy decorations in the child’s room hinting at the child’s passion for the adventure to come. As readers join in on the father and child’s journey out of the suburbs and into the mountains, details continue to abound: vegetation, birds, and even bear tracks (so on each subsequent read through, there will be plenty to explore and marvel at). The close relationship between father and child is evident and inspiring throughout as readers observe their interactions hiking, having a snowball fight once they reach high elevation, and overcoming the child’s fear of crossing a river over a log. Creative perspectives (such as an aerial shot and the reflection in a rear-view mirror) add additional interest to the illustrations, making it feel decidedly fresh. The conservation message shared at the book’s climax—the act of planting a tree together (which is reemphasized by end material)—is enhanced by the charming parent-child relationship on full display.

What's Hike About

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Take to the trails for a celebration of nature – and a day spent with dad.

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they’re going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive – and closer than ever – as they document their hike and take their place in family history. In detail-rich panels and textured panoramas, Pete Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless adventure, allowing readers to pause for subtle wonders and marvel at the views. A touching tribute to the bond between father and child, with resonant themes for Earth Day, Hike is a breath of fresh air.

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Where Does Hike Stand Out

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Who Wrote Hike

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Pete Oswald

As a seasoned professional in the animation industry, Pete Oswald’s credits include traditional animation, CG, and stop motion. Pete’s work as an illustrator and designer includes <i>Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends</i>, <i>Madagascar 2</i>, <i>Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs</i>, <i>ParaNorman</i>, and <i>Hotel Transylvania</i>. His short film, <i>The Story of Walls</i> (2009), earned him an Annie Award nomination. Pete and his family live in Santa Monica, California.

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