FICTION
I Like My Bike
illus. by AG Ferrari. 32p. (I Like To Read). Holiday House. Jan. 2019. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823440979.
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PreS-Gr 1—Wheels are everywhere in this on-the-move title—sports cars, limousines, vans, bus, and many types of trucks. All of the passengers or drivers seem to like their rides, but no one is more enthusiastic than the cyclist. A bike gives a girl freedom to whizz along wet roads rarely traveled, zoom past crowded vans, enjoy country hills and busy city streets, or even pass those sitting in a traffic jam—speeding along with a favorite friend in the bike's basket. A mixed-media landscape reflects movement from road to road. Pencil, watercolors, and ink enhance digital scenes that flow from one driver to the next, while cartoon representatives of both flora and fauna drive their favorite vehicles. A simple repetitive refrain, "I like my…," reinforces the text, while images allow readers to search for details, like finding the bike rider and other recognizable characters who meet at a parkside birthday party.
VERDICT A suggested general purchase for guided reading, the visual variety of images urges readers to infer changes in text.

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