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The Hiking Viking
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Capstone Editions

The Hiking Viking

by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Timothy Banks

While the other Vikings love to holler and howl and battle and brawl, Leif prefers spending time by himself atop the beautiful fjord. But when it’s time for the Viking Games, everyone must participate. Will Leif let down his clan . . . or surprise them? Highlighting the value of nature and earthly wonders, best-selling author Laura Gehl teams up with illustrator Timothy Banks to remind readers to stay true to themselves and to look at things from a new perspective.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level4-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-2
Trim Size9 x 11
Page Count32



Kirkus Reviews

"Gehl’s tale relays its message about the value of self-authenticity and open-mindedness without being preachy. Banks’ bright illustrations of White Scandinavians in a green, mountainous landscape are reminiscent of cutout animation, endowing each spread with an immersive motion-picture quality. . . .A neat Nordic tale about the importance of valuing nature—one’s own and the world’s." - Kirkus Reviews

December 15, 2021

Booklist - Shelle Rosenfeld

"Vibrant, animated illustrations blend over-the-top, often amusing depictions of the Viking characters and events with expansive, artful landscapes. Couched in a lively, entertaining read, the positive and supportive messages are evident, from the rewards of pursuing individual interests to discovering—and sharing—nature's beauties." - Booklist

February 15, 2022

Publishers Weekly

""Young Leif the Viking is a classic outlier: “The other Vikings liked to battle and brawl,” writes Gehl (Except When They Don’t), “Leif didn’t.” Leif particularly loves wandering the fjords with his hiking stick. . . . .Banks (A Valentine for Frankenstein) strikes a lovely balance between awe-inspiring landscapes, conveyed with light and texture, and Tex Avery–style figures whose comic angularity echoes the craggy beauty of the world they inhabit. It’s a sweet-natured plea to get the heck outside—and appreciate the treasure at hand. "" - Publishers Weekly

November 11, 2021