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The Lost Bicycle Paperback – January 11, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
The illustrator of the book, Matsue Wiles, is Liberian but living in Louisiana. It's easy to see both the Southern and African influences in her colorful, memorable illos.
The simple yet compelling story, about a boy trying to recover his lost bicycle and all the obstacles he faces, draws heavily draws on elements of African storytelling and ancient myths. This makes it a good jumping-off point for introducing kids to more classic works from those genres if you are a teacher, librarian or a parent with a driven reading agenda ;-)
This small, new book publisher, AcuteByDesign, launched last year and focuses on publishing high-quality multicultural children's books. With just a few titles under their belts so far, they have already made quite an impression Can't wait to see what they do next!
It is artistically, narratively, and visually beautiful. I am so impressed with the author's attention to even the smallest detail. Take, for example, the font that resembles natural handwriting. This personal touch draws the reader in, and along with the sketches on each page, gives the book the quality of a fable being passed down directly to the reader.
And how cool is it that there is a companion piece to this book: a CD by the same name on which Hills reads the story with percussive accompaniments as well as many other percussive stories.
It is obvious that a great deal of care, thought and creativity went into the making of this book. I will eagerly watch for more from Cory Hills!