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Written by Pete Oswald

Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Hike Review

Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Geography The Natural World

Take to the trails for a celebration of nature - and a day spent with Dad

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021

Hike is a book in which dreams become memories through adventure. It’s a wordless, wonderfully illustrated story of a boy and his father stepping out into wilderness for the day. My own memories of favourite walks with my father are very often just fleeting moments, lasting impressions and scenes which have somehow stayed with me and have no doubt gained colour over the years. Hike is a story about love. Love for the world, love for nature and love for family. Pete Oswald has portrayed adventure in a way that will inspire children and evoke happy memories for their parents.  

Greg Hackett

Hike Synopsis

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.

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.

Hike Press Reviews

The extremely sparing use of text focuses the reader on the illustrations. These are beautifully done, using a range of muted greens, browns, greys, and blues. However, more importantly, it celebrates the relationship and connection between father and son. - The School Librarian

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ISBN: 9781406394351
Publication date: 01/04/2021
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406394351
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Pete Oswald
Illustrator: Pete Oswald
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Family / Home Stories, Geography, The Natural World
Collections: A Summer of Adventure - 50 Books to Inspire!,

About Pete Oswald

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. Find him on Instagram as @peteoswald

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