Hike
by Oswald, Pete






A father and child begin a nature hike through the mountains at dawn, where they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges together and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the best-selling illustrator of The Bad Seed. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.





Pete Oswald is the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, both written by Jory John. He worked as a character designer and concept artist on the popular films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, and ParaNorman. He was also the art director and production designer for The Angry Birds Movie. Pete Oswald lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and three children.





*Starred Review* One morning, a father wakens his child, who jumps out of bed, puts on warm clothing, and loads a backpack into the car. They drive to the mountains, where their hike begins. After observing animals, paw prints, and feathers, they come to a large log bridging a small river. The child steps slowly, fearful and tentative, then relieved, to reach Dad, waiting halfway across. They watch a waterfall together. Wearing helmets, they climb a steep slope to a lookout point, plant a little sapling, and take a picture before heading back for a cozy evening at home. It's a satisfying adventure, related without narration. The few words found in the illustrations usually appear within books or represent sounds, such as KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! (woodpecker) and CLICK! (camera). The handsome digital artwork clearly expresses the characters' emotions as well as the beauty and majesty of the natural world. Oswald, who illustrated Jory John's The Bad Seed (2017) and The Good Egg (2019), found his inspiration for the story in childhood memories of family hiking and camping trips. A near-wordless book seems a particularly appropriate way of communicating the quiet yet powerful experience of walking through a wilderness area. A memorable picture book on enjoying the natural world. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





*Starred Review* One morning, a father wakens his child, who jumps out of bed, puts on warm clothing, and loads a backpack into the car. They drive to the mountains, where their hike begins. After observing animals, paw prints, and feathers, they come to a large log bridging a small river. The child steps slowly, fearful and tentative, then relieved, to reach Dad, waiting halfway across. They watch a waterfall together. Wearing helmets, they climb a steep slope to a lookout point, plant a little sapling, and take a picture before heading back for a cozy evening at home. It's a satisfying adventure, related without narration. The few words found in the illustrations usually appear within books or represent sounds, such as KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! (woodpecker) and CLICK! (camera). The handsome digital artwork clearly expresses the characters' emotions as well as the beauty and majesty of the natural world. Oswald, who illustrated Jory John's The Bad Seed (2017) and The Good Egg (2019), found his inspiration for the story in childhood memories of family hiking and camping trips. A near-wordless book seems a particularly appropriate way of communicating the quiet yet powerful experience of walking through a wilderness area. A memorable picture book on enjoying the natural world. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





A brown father-and-child pair leave the city behind for a day together in the mountains in this wordless picture book by the illustrator of The Good Egg, by Jory John (2019). The sun sets on a suburban row house with a fenced yard and a jeep outside. A man tucks a child into bed in a room filled with outdoor gear. The next morning comes quickly, and the child jumps out of bed to gets dressed and packed for a day in the great outdoors. The two drive out of the town and park at a trailhead. Backpacks on, they hike a trail that leads through thick woods populated by animals, only some of which reveal themselves. Binoculars, camera, trail mix, walking sticks, and even rope and helmets come in handy along the way as they explore, but the highlights are the wondrous view from the summit and the act of planting a tree together there. Dusk ushers the father and child out of the woods, and it is dark by the time they arrive home and share cookies over the family album in their pajamas. The blue- and green-themed art rewards readers who look closely. The relationship between the father and child makes this not just a picture book set in the outdoors, but a warm expression of how memories are created and bonds form. Like the woods, this book is an immersive experience that invites repeated visits. (Picture book. 2-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





A brown father-and-child pair leave the city behind for a day together in the mountains in this wordless picture book by the illustrator of The Good Egg, by Jory John (2019). The sun sets on a suburban row house with a fenced yard and a jeep outside. A man tucks a child into bed in a room filled with outdoor gear. The next morning comes quickly, and the child jumps out of bed to gets dressed and packed for a day in the great outdoors. The two drive out of the town and park at a trailhead. Backpacks on, they hike a trail that leads through thick woods populated by animals, only some of which reveal themselves. Binoculars, camera, trail mix, walking sticks, and even rope and helmets come in handy along the way as they explore, but the highlights are the wondrous view from the summit and the act of planting a tree together there. Dusk ushers the father and child out of the woods, and it is dark by the time they arrive home and share cookies over the family album in their pajamas. The blue- and green-themed art rewards readers who look closely. The relationship between the father and child makes this not just a picture book set in the outdoors, but a warm expression of how memories are created and bonds form. Like the woods, this book is an immersive experience that invites repeated visits. (Picture book. 2-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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