- 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 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,502,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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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.
Top customer reviews
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.