Klippe the Viking

Little Viking

Children - Picture Book
60 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2023
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Author Biography

For as long as he can remember, children’s book author Bjorn Fyrre has been creating worlds and stories in his head, even becoming a finalist as a youth in a writing competition. But it wasn’t until years later, as an adult, that Fyrre began writing consistently through poetry, short stories, books, and songs, as a way to connect with himself. For Bjorn, writing is about the joy that it brings him and the desire to share that with others.

Bjorn has a love for neuroscience, psychology, and how people work. This is reflected in his stories, particularly his new picture book release, Klippe the Viking, a social emotional learning tale about a young viking struggling to find herself. It’s Bjorn’s goal to help young readers understand that everyone handles situations differently and has things to offer to the world and to chase their dreams and do the things they love.
The ideas for Bjorn’s stories were sparked by his own journey of self-discovery, collaborating with psychologists, and through reading mental health and development books. His inspiration was to create books that would invite a meaningful dialogue with children about difficult conversations. He hopes his young readers come away from his stories understanding that it is okay to feel emotions, that we are all unique and these differences make our world beautiful.
When he isn’t writing poignant stories of introspection for children, Bjorn enjoys playing saxophone, singing, traveling, spending time outdoors, and seeing friends.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melanie Kennedy for Readers' Favorite

Klippe the Viking (Little Viking) by Bjorn Fyrre is a moving and inspirational children’s picture book about learning to love yourself and not be afraid to try new things. Klippe is a young Viking who feels out of place in her village. She’s struggling in school, can’t keep up with the other kids’ jokes, and has to watch as others play her favorite games. It can be really lonely and isolating when you are looking from the outside in. Luckily, the Viking village cares about each other, and so one day Kanin helps Klippe with her homework, showing her it’s easier to work with two heads together. And while Klippe might not have the same sense of humor as the other kids, they show their love and appreciation for Klippe exactly as she is. And lastly, Klippe learns that it’s okay to try new things, even if you are scared or hesitant at first.

Klippe the Viking is such a breathtaking book about growing up and some of the lessons children need to learn along the way that it should be on every shelf around the country. It is beautifully illustrated by Ankitha Kini with the warmth and love of the characters radiating from the pages. Bjorn Fyrre has written a truly impactful book that will teach children not to be afraid to be themselves or to be afraid of the world around them and will resonate with adults alike, as it did with me. It’s a true work of art that can make children believe in themselves as well as the adults who bought them the book.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

Klippe the Viking (Little Viking) by Bjorn Fyrre is a beautifully illustrated children's book that tells the story of a young Viking girl named Klippe, who would love to be accepted by her schoolmates, but who feels different from them. The theme is extremely moving, as this book comes from the heart. All its messages are essential for younger children and probably for many teenagers and adults who long to be accepted for what they cannot be, and forget that they are loved for who they are. The book is filled with adventure and excitement as Klippe sets out on a journey to prove herself to the tribe.

Klippe the Viking (Little Viking) by Bjorn Fyrre is a wonderful story, emphasizing many problems that children and teenagers encounter, but which are not explained to them. The protagonist, little Klippe, is extraordinary. Because she is not like everyone else, she feels that the problem lies with her and she cannot be loved for who she is. Then something happens. Kanin talks to Klippe during recess and Klippe discovers that she is not alone. Kanin also experiences difficulties in class, and they agree to help each other. That is how she makes her first friend.

As a teacher, I see this every year in each class that I teach (my students are aged between 15 and 20). It breaks my heart, which is why I love and share information about books such as this one. Being different is normal as we are all unique and being the same as everybody else would be so dull. This tale of resilience, loneliness, and then friendship and understanding is amazing and the illustrations are gorgeous, complementing the story perfectly. I love everything about this book and warmly recommend it to anyone who has children or students. A great read.

Jamie Michele

Klippe the Viking, written by Bjorn Fyrre and illustrated by Ankitha Kini, is a children's historical fiction picture book that revolves around a young Viking girl and her age-appropriate insecurities. The book begins with an introduction to Klippe, who just does not feel like she belongs. Klippe struggles to understand lessons at school and the way other Viking kids joke with one another. Even though she is a natural introvert, she still feels behind and left out, which leads to social anxiety disorder. As Klippe goes through her day, she is approached by other children who empathize with her and share their difficulties at school, who reassure her that she is loved for her kindness, and who encourage her to play with them.

I really like the way that Bjorn Fyrre approaches mental health issues in Klippe the Viking. As a parent who has a child with social anxiety, what impressed me the most is that the message is not that Klippe is in the wrong and she should get over it and move forward; it's that Klippe does not need to feel insecure because she does not have to play, or joke, or get every answer right—Klippe is Klippe, and how much she wishes to participate on any given day is entirely up to her. The other children, who are her true friends, love that she simply shows up. It's enough. I also liked that the progression of addressing Klippe's insecurities happen organically. The illustrations by Ankitha Kini are exceptional. The color palette is bold without compromising the earthy tones that represent the children's surroundings, and the artwork employs a blend of digital and hand-crafted imagery to breathe life into Klippe and the other kids. Overall, this is a solid little read. Recommended.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Klippe the Viking (Little Viking) by Bjorn Fyrre is a children's picture book. Young Klippe doesn't feel like she belongs with the rest of the Vikings. She struggles at school, doesn't like the games others play, and just feels like she doesn't fit in. Kanin sees Klippe struggling and helps Klippe to see that she isn't the only one struggling. When she offers to help, Klippe realizes there's nothing wrong with not knowing the answer to something and that she shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. Later, Klippe joins a group of Vikings and sits in silence, not knowing how to join in. But one member of the group thanks Klippe for being so caring and for being a good friend, making Klippe see that just being herself is the best she has to offer the world.

Klippe the Viking by Bjorn Fyrre is more than just a kid's story. It's a wonderfully illustrated book that comes to life as you read it, and it teaches kids and adults alike quite a lot about life. It touches on the fear of failure, the fear of trying new things, and not being afraid to ask for help when needed. This is a great story for teaching children all about emotions, self-discovery, and overcoming struggles. It is also a good book to give kids the stepping stone they need to open discussions with adults about dilemmas or worries they may have. This is well-written, nicely illustrated, and perfectly aimed at the audience it was written for.

Jennifer Ibiam

Klippe the Viking: Little Viking written by Bjorn Fyrre and illustrated by Ankitha Kini is the story of a little girl and her experiences at school. Klippe was a Viking but felt different and it was as if she didn’t belong in her clan. She neither understood their jokes nor their games. Klippe couldn’t keep up, and she felt lost. Then she met Kanin, who also felt alienated, but had more confidence. Kanin offered to work with her, and together they experienced a positive turnaround. Klippe became more comfortable around other children and was even acknowledged by them, but she held back from trying fresh adventures until she met Tyr. With his encouragement, she learned to sword fight and enjoyed it. Klippe pooled all her experiences and reached some conclusions that would help her in the future.

Klippe the Viking by Bjorn Fyrre is a fun, educative, and interactive picture book for kindergarteners. However, adults can also learn a few things from this children’s book. This picture story leans toward boosting the child’s self-esteem and courage. The reader will also understand that no one has all the answers. Daily experiences provide an opportunity to learn and undertake something new. No one knows the extent of their abilities until they try. Adults, parents, and guardians must create a safe space to talk to their children because they may not express themselves adequately. Fyrre did an outstanding job by telling a beautiful story in simple and moving language. Kini followed up with brilliant illustrations that will hold a child’s attention. Thank you, Fyrre and Kini, for a job well done.