THE HIKING VIKING
By: Laura Gehl
Illustrated by: Timothy Banks
Published: February 1, 2022
Publisher: Capstone Editions
Leif isn’t like the rest of his family. While his parents and sister are training for the Viking Games, he is off hiking to some of the most beautiful spots in their land. Leif likes quiet, his family likes it loud. Leif likes to hike, his family likes to throw spears, wrestle, and lift stones.
Leif’s family tried to explain that the honor of their Clan was at stake and Leif needed to be at his best to compete in the Viking Games. Leif’s heart just wasn’t in it.
But, when the day came, Leif did his best, throwing spears, wrestling, and lifting the heaviest stone he could. When the two clans finish in a tie, it’s up to Leif to bring his family the win. Can he offer up the best treasure to be found?
I love this story for so many reasons. It’s a story of being true to yourself. It’s a story of a child who beats to his own drum. But, what I love most is that it reminds us all to appreciate the beauty right in front of us. The illustrations celebrate the natural beauty of our world and when Leif presents his great treasure, the illustrated page almost sings from the magnificence of it. Laura Gehl is wildly talented and knows how to tell stories with meaning and life lessons.
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Laura Gehl is the award-winning author of more than thirty popular picture books, board books, and early readers including One Big Pair of Underwear, Except When They Don’t, My Pillow Keeps Moving, and the Baby Scientist series. She loves spending time outdoors, especially hiking. Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children (all of whom are willing to hike as long as tasty trail snacks are involved). Visit Laura online at lauragehl.com.
Timothy Banks is an award-winning illustrator from Charleston, South Carolina. He’s created character designs for Nike, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network; quirky covers for Paste magazine; and lots of children’s books with titles like A Valentine for Frankenstein, Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon, and There’s a Norseman in My Classroom. Timothy also loves to hike and find inspiring scenery along with his talented wife and three energetic daughters.