Let’s Go, Bike!

Random. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593434451; pap. $4.99. 9780593434444.
PreS-Gr 1–Penny Purple cannot wait to take a spin on her brand-new purple bike, so she hops right on and off she goes! As readers learn, Purple People are curious; this is quickly demonstrated when Penny rides by her neighbor, Goldie, planting a garden. Penny has lots of questions, and soon Goldie decides to put on her purple skates and join Penny. The pair next meet Emma, who likes to sing funny songs, and all three blast out a goofy tune. Of course, Emma must join this merry band, so she hops on her purple skateboard and tags along. This parade of Purple People subsequently helps a neighbor fold laundry and invites a young boy and his dog to come along on the adventure. At the end of their journey, the whole crew ends up having a picnic, where everyone brings something different to share. Bell’s “My Purple World” series encourages inclusivity, creativity, and accepting others. Paired with brightly colored and joyful illustrations by Wiseman (Don’t Hug Doug), there is plenty for readers to look at and observe. Speech bubbles are outlined in purple against a white background, helping emerging readers identify conversation.
VERDICT This is a great fit for those looking for an early reader title filled with simple sentences that contains an overarching message of acceptance.

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