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Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gus and Grandpa
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374328218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374328214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,756,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-Fans of the previous beginning chapter books in this series, which include Gus and Grandpa (1996) and Gus and Grandpa at the Hospital (1998, both Farrar), are sure to welcome this addition. When Gus balks at removing the training wheels from his bike, his dad tries to win him over with a fancy new bicycle that has five speeds, hand brakes, and a water bottle with its own holder. After more than a few crashes on his new wheels, Gus decides to return to his steadier old friend. Then Grandpa has an idea that leads the duo to spruce up Gus's father's old bike and head to an empty parking lot. Teamwork and practice blended with the boy's growing confidence soon have him riding on his own. Readers will identify with the youngster's fear and reliance on the training wheels. Gus's worries are never trivialized and his family and friends are supportive. Stock's muted watercolors nicely reflect both the plot's elements and the close bond between grandfather and grandson. A charming look at a rite of passage for many young children.
Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Anyone who's ever wobbled on the bike path of life will appreciate this latest entry in Mills's Gus and Grandpa series for newly independent readers. Once again, it's Grandpa who understands, here about Gus's reluctance to give up the security of training wheels." --The Horn Book

More About the Author

Claudia Mills is the author of over 50 books for young readers. To write her books she draws on childhood memories of growing up in New Jersey as well as funny stories her two sons brought home from elementary school and middle school as they grew up in Colorado. She loves to visit schools, where she is always on the prowl for material that can make its way into a chapter book or middle grade novel.

Claudia is also a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in ethics and political philosophy, who has published many articles on philosophical and ethical themes in children's literature, including essays on the work of Maud Hart Lovelace, Eleanor Estes, Betty MacDonald, Louisa May Alcott, and Rosamond du Jardin.

All of Claudia's books have been written between 5 and 7 in the morning, while drinking Swiss Miss hot chocolate at her cozy home near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She likes to write for an hour every day, watching little bits of daily writing grow into big piles of published books to share with children everywhere.

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By VS on October 21, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
All the books in the Gus and Grandpa series are excellent.

Not only do they bring out the special bond children have with their grandparents but also teaches the young readers something along the way.

The situations or difficulties Gus encounters are common to all children and its a delight to see how Grandpa lovingly helps him through all of them. The simple and thoughtful storylines and the

great artwork also take us back to the kinder and gentler times

of our own childhood.
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