PPBF – Cybils Awards Finalist: The Girl and the Bicycle


Girl1This selection is one of seven finalists for fiction picture books, and I am a participating judge for round 2. Which means I have to read them. Tough work, huh? For information on the Cybils Awards, click HERE

Author/Illustrator: Mark Pett
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2014
Ages: 5-8yrs (feel it can easily be read with a younger child)
Themes: moneymaking projects, friendship, bicycles
Opening: wordless – girl walking past city shops notices a bicycle for sale in the window
Summary: (from my library catalog) A wordless picture book in which a girl sees a bicycle she wants to buy, works hard for a kindly neighbor to earn themoney for it, then gets a pleasant surprise.


I like this book because: of its beautifully drawn and easy-to-read pictures, with plenty of negative space to help set the pace. A lovely message about the benefits of hard work, sharing and friendship.


Resources/activities: classroom activities for learning about cost/benefit using this book

For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

14 thoughts on “PPBF – Cybils Awards Finalist: The Girl and the Bicycle

  1. Poor you, being forced to read all those lovely books. 🙂

    This looks beautiful, Julie! I will look for it. I have to admit I have mixed feelings about wordless books. I enjoy them, myself. But when my kids were little they would insist that I make up a story to go with the words. Then the next night, they’d want me to tell the exact same story, using all the exact same words! Sort of a relief now that they’re a little older and would look at a book like this more independently.

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  2. Appreciations for introducing me to a new talent. And it’s clear Matt’s style is going to be adored by kiddos. The story the pictures tells sounds sweet.

    Great about being Judge Julie! Are you going to take a photo sometime of the entire medley of candidates splayed on the floor or somesuch?


  3. Great gobs of wonder! Lucky you getting to read all those books as a judge!

    This book seems wonderful. Personally I Love wordless picture books but having read some of the other comments about kids not liking them, well, that is way too bad.

    I’m going to be looking for this book. 🙂


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