Published by Candlewick
Summary: A boy and his father wake at dawn to go for a hike. From the drawings scattered about the boy’s bedroom and the way he seems to know just what to do to get ready, it seems like they’ve done this before. They drive out of the city and into the wilderness, where they enjoy a day of hiking, climbing, and exploring. They take pictures and look at things with a magnifying glass. They hunt for animal tracks, find a waterfall, and scale a rocky summit, where they watch bald eagles soar overhead. At the end of the day, they’re home again, celebrating with milk and cookies and looking at photo albums, having made another memory to share. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Kids will want to get out in nature when they see all there is to explore in a single day. This book celebrates both hiking and a warm father-son relationship, and would make a perfect pairing with Jennifer Mann’s The Camping Trip. I’ll definitely be putting this in my “Caldecott contender” collection at the end of the year.
Cons: I would call this a wordless book, but if I do, kids are sure to tell me, “There’s a word!” as soon as I turn a page. Do not ask me how I know this. So, fine, I would say there are between 8 and 12 words in this book, depending on how you count them.