The Bike Ride
Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016
10pp., board book, RRP $A14.99
Bear’s world revolves around Maudie, and so does Maudie’s. Bear is the hero that every little person needs in their life. The one that does everything for them, no matter how trying they are; the one that is the guardian angel on their shoulder; the one that loves them unconditionally no matter what.
So when Maudie says she needs some exercise, in particular a bike ride, Bear is there ready to help out. He gets the bike while Maudie gets… her sunglasses, then their hats, then her scarf, sunscreen, bug spray. All the while Bear waits patiently until at last they are ready to go. But just who gets the exercise?
This is a gentle, quirky story from the late Jan Ormerod, re-released in board book format so it is perfect for the little hands of its intended audience. As usual, Freya Blackwoods’s gentle pictures in their soft palette bring the words to life in a way that just wraps the reader up in all the love that Bear has for Maudie.