Friday, August 3, 2018

Get On Your Bike by Joukje Akveld

Perhaps We Should All Own A Bike

Bobby and William are involved in an argument when William shouts,
"Go on! Just get on your bike and leave!" 
At that point, Bobby is more than happy to leave. 
"There was a thundercloud in his head. Lightning flashed between his ears."
But as he travels through the city and into the country he slowly begins to calm down. (The busy illustrations can be used as a game in trying to locate Bobby.) The further Bobby travels the more he is able to let go of his anger and begin wondering about his friend.
"I wonder how William's doing. Is he still angry with me?"
His ride takes him full circle until he's back home. But will they be able to mend the harsh words that were spoken?

This over-sized book was originally published in the Netherlands.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: The large book size, 10' x 13.7' felt a bit too big to handle or store.

What I Liked Most: I can see young children enjoying the book as they hunt for Bobby and his bike on the busy, animal-filled pages of the city and country. It's also a very good example of what can be done to work through anger.

Author: Joukje Akveld 
Illustrations: Philip Hopman
English Translations: Laura Watkinson
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (February 2018)

Ages: 4 - 8
Pages: 32

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