Book Review of Klippe the Viking
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Klippe the Viking
Written by Bjorn Fyrre
Illustrated by Ankitha Kini
Ages 4+ | 59 Pages
Publisher: BoogaMedia | ISBN-13: 9780648816034
What to Expect: Self-discovery, belonging, friendship, Vikings
Built on a foundation of Social-Emotional Learning theory (SEL), Klippe and the Viking teaches readers how to find real-life, practical solutions to some of the most challenging emotional battles they will face in life.
Klippe doesn’t feel like she fits in with the other Vikings. She cannot understand the lessons, doesn’t know how to join in with the other Viking children’s chatter, and doesn’t feel like she can play the games she would like. That is until she meets Kanin.
Kanin admits that she also doesn’t understand the homework and suggests they work together to figure it out. Then, one of the other children thanks Klippe for being such a good friend, even though she’s not joining in. Finally, Klippe joins the boys practicing swordplay and discovers she loves it. With the help of her friends, Klippe learns that you don’t have to know everything, be the loudest or funniest, or do the same things everyone else does in order to be happy and loved.
Written in simple, accessible language that prioritizes dialogue, the story features characters who model good coping and ally skills and kindness and empathy for others. Colorful, cartoon-like digital illustrations punctuate the story, adding a fun Viking atmosphere and humor (keep your eye on the goose). At the end of the story, a note for adults offers prompts for discussion and checking in with young listeners.
Overall, Klippe and the Viking is a fantastic resource for SEL—especially for readers who love Vikings!
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About the Author
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 many 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 works as a Business Information Security Officer, helping to protect businesses from hackers, malware, and cyber threats. He enjoys playing saxophone, singing, writing, traveling, spending time outdoors, and seeing friends. Born and raised in Australia to Danish parents, Bjorn has been living in Denmark for the past four years, exploring Europe. Klippe the Viking is his second children’s book, following Jern the Viking.
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