HIKE, by Peter Oswald, Candlewick Press

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.

Out March 2020

40 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is an interesting book. It’s a large book, but narrow, with no words. You join a father and son on a journey into nature taking on challenges, bonding and enjoying their surroundings. As you experience these things with them, the illustrations allow the reader to glimpse into life in places not normally ventured. When they return, they place all the photos taken of their journey into a photo album to be enjoyed over and over again. You can see their bond is even stronger at the end of the book than what it was in the beginning.

It’s beautifully illustrated and its message is heart-warming and enjoyable to see unfold right before your eyes. Younger readers will love sitting with a sibling or parent sharing the book and using the illustrations to prompt conversations.

It reminds us just how beautiful our world is.

I gave it:

Five golden rating star vector illustration in white background.

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