The Bicycle

Colin Thompson

The Bicycle
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The Bicycle

Colin Thompson

A stunning picture book featuring the works of fourteen internationally acclaimed illustrators, including Quentin Blake, Shaun Tan, Freya Blackwood and Tony Ross. All royalties from sales of THE BICYCLE will be donated to Save the Children. In 2008, Colin thompson visited Cambodia with Save the Children. Struck by the way the humble bicycle was central to so many people lives, he was inspired to create tHE BICYCLE, his second picture book for the charity. tHE BICYCLE features separate illustrations from internationally acclaimed artists - including Quentin Blake, Shaun tan, tony Ross and Freya Blackwood - which celebrate the liberating joy of two wheels. Sprinkled throughout are delightful quotes from famous people, as well as quotes from Cambodian children such as 14-year-old Dany, who describes his bicycle as his ‘best friend’. All royalties from the sale of tHE BICYCLE will go to Save the Children, an organisation that works to improve the quality of children’s lives around the world. Ages: 3+ ‘today I read this book and it changed my life. Lots of people have told me that we are a very lucky world but when I read this book I discovered I was way more luckier than I thought I was. I didn’t know that there was a country that was slowly dissolving happiness’ - Gretta Ray, 9, writing about DUSt, our first book for Save the Children. ‘this book is not just a great fund-raiser, it’s also a stunning collection of art from some of the world’s best illustrators and an important window into the lives of less-privileged children.’ - Sunday Age

Review

Do you remember your first bicycle ride? Chances are, you do: for most of us that initial feeling of two-wheeled locomotion is a thrilling moment. This beautiful picture book, created as a fundraiser for Save The Children, reminds us of not only how wonderful it is to feel the wind through your hair as you coast down a hill on your bicycle, but how important bikes can be to get you from here to almost anywhere. For many kids in developing countries, a bike is the difference between being able to attend school or go without an education. Illustrators including Quentin Blake, Tony Ross, Freya Blackwood, Shaun Tan and even Banksy have interpreted the theme, coupled with inspiring quotes about bicycles from young and old. Proceeds from the book will help children in difficult circumstances experience the magic of childhood, like riding a bicycle.

Angela Crocombe is from Readings St Kilda

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