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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.