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Hike

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FOREWORD’S LIT HIT—INDIE BOOKS THAT’LL BLOW YOU AWAY

New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald prompts you to sit up and listen without making a sound in his nearly wordless picture book, Hike. A father and son embark on an expedition through towering trees, over gurgling creeks, and around sparkling lakes to complete a beloved family tradition—the story depicted only through Oswald’s layered illustrations and scattered onomatopoeias. Along the way, they stop for a snowball fight and to examine animal tracks and natural wonders, but the journey is not without its dangers, and their bond is strengthened as they overcome challenges together. With the absence of words, Oswald’s illustrations must speak for themselves, and the rich greens, warm taupes, and muted grays effortlessly evoke the crisp scent of pine, the sun-warmed mountain paths, and the wafting mist of a waterfall. A touching portrayal of a father-son adventure, Hike speaks volumes on the value of legacy and upholding family traditions.

Hike
Pete Oswald
Candlewick Press
Hardcover $17.99 (40pp)
978-1-5362-0157-4

Danielle Ballantyne

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