On your marks ... get set ... RACE!!
It's bikes versus scooters and skateboards, in an exciting race with an unlikely winner!
It’s the yearly event
In the neighbourhood street
When bikes, boards and scooters
All meet to compete.
Who’ll take out the race?
Crowds gather to see
But no-one can guess
Who the winner will be.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Robin Adolphs
The Pile Up is a fun children’s picture book, how did you come up with the idea for the story?
I’d written stories about the bush and wanted to write something in an urban setting based on kids’ interests. At the time we were living in a quiet cul-de-sac and the neighborhood children, including my own, rode their bikes, skateboards and scooters on the street. I love writing in rhyme and just started writing. The ending didn't come to me until I was well into the story. You could say it wrote itself!
Why do you think The Pile Up is a popular illustrated children’s story among preschool books for 2-4 years?
Children love the rhythm and rhyme of ‘The Pile Up’. It’s great to read aloud as the reader can increase the momentum as the race progresses. It’s a little bit naughty too, with all the pushing and shoving. And they love the ending which they never see coming. I've had kids say to me on several occasions that they could see themselves in a race like that.
Do you think more kids should play sports & outdoor activities?
Well, lots do already! I’d love to say all do, but that’s not always the case. I believe it’s important that children play outdoors. Creative outdoor play, as well as structured and unstructured outdoor activities are opportunities for children to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Playing a sport and being part of a team is a natural extension of free play. I’d love to see all kids having fun outdoors.