Synopses & Reviews
Good-bye, tricycle It's time to
learn to ride a new big-kid
bike. Riding a bicycle can be fun . . .
even if there are a few bumps along
the way. Daniel Griffo's digital
illustrations add to the excitement
of a child's first attempt at riding
a bicycle without training wheels.
Grab your helmet, hang on tight,
and let's go
"Boyd's debut centers on a girl who trades her babyish blue plastic tricycle for a red two-wheeler: 'Bye, Bye, Blue./ Hello, red!/ Shiny paint./ Smokin' tread.' Pared-down couplets chronicle the girl's maiden voyage on the bike, which requires some careful navigation ('Miss the rock./ Skim the hole./ Squish the hose./ Dodge the pole'), but proceeds remarkably, and perhaps unrealistically, smoothly. Twice Boyd breaks form to use a bit of repetition that echoes the bouncy ride of a bicycle down the street: 'Down the hill I bump, bump, bump./ Feel it on my rump, rump rump' is later followed by 'My little heart goes thump, thump, thump,/ when I make the jump... bump, rump.' Griffo's brassy, digital cartoons have a kid-pleasing Nickelodeon vibe and feature electric colors and skewed perspectives, giving the heroine a cheerful, textured, and fully realized world to explore. Though the girl is in constant motion, there's little action to the story; it's best suited to those just starting to read as well as ride on their own. Ages 4 7. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.