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ISBN13: 9781442483194
ISBN10: 1442483199
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From the creator of The Boy and the Airplane, a touching wordless picture book about a little girl, a shiny bicycle, and the meaning of persistence — with an unexpected payoff.

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman.

The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.

Wordless, timeless, and classic, The Girl and the Bicycle carries a message of selflessness and sweet surprises and makes an ideal gift for graduations and other special occasions.

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"As in The Boy and the Airplane, Pett's sepia-tinted drawings draw little attention to themselves in this companion book, quietly supporting his wordless story in a way that allows it to unfold smoothly. The girl of the title, often seen with her younger brother in tow, spots a bicycle in the window of a toy store and resolves to buy it. In a moment typical of Pett's understated comedy, she thinks hard about how to earn enough money while her brother sits on the floor with the family cat on his head. The girl knocks on doors and finds an older woman living alone; together, they do yard work through the winter and into the spring. When at last she goes to buy the bicycle, it's gone. In a moment that would be saccharine if not made credible by the story's Jimmy Stewart-esque underpinnings, she uses the money to buy her brother a tricycle (Her hard work doesn't go unacknowledged, though.) It's not easy to celebrate simple virtues in an age of irony, but Pett succeeds. All ages. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Like an old black-and-white movie, this companion to The Boy and the Airplane (2013) will remain charming and relevant — the old story about what you get when you give never really gets old." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Cartoonist Mark Pett's varied and worldly experiences include teaching English and "skewering Czech political figures" as an editorial cartoonist in Prague; teaching sixth grade in rural Mississippi (a stint that later inspired his Mr. Lowe strip); and working as a freelance cartoonist. In 2003, high school art students in Indianola, Miss., worked with Mark to turn a Lucky Cow strip into the World's Largest Comic Strip (as certified by Guinness). Mark now lives in the Mississippi Delta with his wife and their dogs.Cartoonist Mark Pett's varied and worldly experiences include teaching English and "skewering Czech political figures" as an editorial cartoonist in Prague; teaching sixth grade in rural Mississippi (a stint that later inspired his Mr. Lowe strip); and working as a freelance cartoonist. In 2003, high school art students in Indianola, Miss., worked with Mark to turn a Lucky Cow strip into the World's Largest Comic Strip (as certified by Guinness). Mark now lives in the Mississippi Delta with his wife and their dogs.

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gkw1117, April 30, 2014 (view all comments by gkw1117)
It is no surprise that Pett's latest book in the challenging genre of wordless picture books is receiving rave reviews. It is an absolute delight.










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Product Details

ISBN:
9781442483194
Author:
Pett, Mark
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Family - Siblings
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As in The Boy and the Airplane, Pett's sepia-tinted drawings draw little attention to themselves in this companion book, quietly supporting his wordless story in a way that allows it to unfold smoothly. The girl of the title, often seen with her younger brother in tow, spots a bicycle in the window of a toy store and resolves to buy it. In a moment typical of Pett's understated comedy, she thinks hard about how to earn enough money while her brother sits on the floor with the family cat on his head. The girl knocks on doors and finds an older woman living alone; together, they do yard work through the winter and into the spring. When at last she goes to buy the bicycle, it's gone. In a moment that would be saccharine if not made credible by the story's Jimmy Stewart-esque underpinnings, she uses the money to buy her brother a tricycle (Her hard work doesn't go unacknowledged, though.) It's not easy to celebrate simple virtues in an age of irony, but Pett succeeds. All ages. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Like an old black-and-white movie, this companion to The Boy and the Airplane (2013) will remain charming and relevant — the old story about what you get when you give never really gets old."
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