I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike by Eric Pinder and Illustrated by John Cardinal

I'd Rather Be Riding My BikeI’d Rather Be Riding My Bike by Eric Pinder and Illustrated by John Cardinal.  Ages 3 – 6 (2.5 year old son loved it).  Evolved Publishing, LLC.  February 2013.  42 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-1622534012. Fiction. $10.95 (On Amazon for $6.08) Paperback

Quick Summary:  The title says it all:  I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike is about a boy who goes through his daily life and wants nothing more than to go ride his bike.  After enduring school, chores, family time, and homework — he finally gets to go for a ride on his bike.  His victory is sweet.

Our Experience Reading this Book:  We highly, highly recommend this book. This book has the look and feel of a comic book and not just any comic book — a cool comic book.  The words are lyrics to the song every child sings while they’re waiting to get what they really want.  In this case, the boy just wants to ride his bike.

My teacher paints and wears a smock,

while I keep looking a the clock.

I know this may come as a shock —

I’d rather be riding my bike.

This book has the set up and read of an early reader book — but the tone is different than any early reader book I’ve read.  This book has an edge of an attitude to it that’s fantastic.  This is a great book for all children, but I think it is a perfect book for a child that doesn’t like to read (or thinks they don’t like to read).  The repetition of the phrase, “I’d rather be riding my bike,” throughout the book makes it very easy to read (after one reading my two year old could recite it) but there’s not a condescending line in the book.  If an older child is struggling with reading and you give them this book to read — they won’t be insulted, they’ll simply think it is a good book.

This book has great rhythm and rhyme to it.  It is seriously catchy.  I found myself reciting the words later on in the day and then heard my son saying the words to himself while he was playing.  Eric Pinder has a great sense of humor.  He’s written several other books and  If All the Animals Came Inside made me laugh out loud.

The illustrations are awesome.  John Cardinal’s illustrations are fantastic and make me feel like I’m reading a comic book to my son rather than reading an early reader or picture book to him. Cardinal’s style remind me of Mike Mignola’s artwork — but without the demons.

At the end of the book there are some fun poems and a bit about the history of bicycles.  My son loves this book and I love reading it to him.  I’m so happy I got the chance to read and share this book with my son.

I’d Rather Be Riding My Bike is a very clever and creative mix of comic book, early reader, nonfiction, and poetry.  It’s truly awesome.  I really hope you get to check it out.  You’ll be so happy you did.

Where Obtained: I received a review copy from the author.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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