The Hike is a wonderful book that first caught my eye with its amazing front cover, just so inviting! The book is written and illustrated by Alison Farrell whose work also include Cycle City. Published in August by Chronicle Publishers, the book so beautifully captures the great outdoors alongside realistic friendships.
Three diverse friends Wren, El and Hattie are off on a hike. Along the way the friends enjoy and relish in their adventure. They get tempted by thimbleberries, share leaf craft fun, observe the wonderful scenes around them, get a little lost and more.
The dialogue exchanged between the characters is shared in speech bubbles allowing readers to really get to know the characters and is a much more digestible read for reluctant readers. Each double page spread is superbly illustrated.
I love how on each share of this book you spot something new with different labels to spot and the various details amongst the illustrations. The book is such an interesting read for children as young as 4 as there is so much to admire and learn about the young children’s hike but equally a great one for children beginning to read independently and thirsty for knowledge.
Wren’s sketchbook is an added bonus to this book and cleverly weaves more information about the hike for readers to appreciate and perhaps even inspire to complete a hike themselves.
This is such a treat for a book with so much to observe and I’m sure will make many readers immerse in this rather fun hike with a group of friends who are so happy for readers to join them.
Disclaimer: I received the book from the publishers for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.