Author and Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Buy – Wheels by Shirley Hughes
Carlos and Billy happily race their bikes down the hill at the park. Both boys are getting too big for their slow old bikes, both boys have a birthday coming up.
Wheels is a poignant story of friendship, expectations, yearnings and surprises. This story includes themes of community, multiculturalism, sharing and thoughtfulness.
It demonstrates the love of a family with a lower income and how they creatively provide a wonderful birthday for their son.
‘Wheels’ is beautifully written and children will delight in identify by name each of the kids who live on Trotter Street. Shirley Hughes is superb at drawing people.
Her use of body language and facial expression is hard to rival. The pictures are captivatingly detailed and full of movement. Children can pore over the pages absorbing the story through the illustrations alone.
Excitement and a happy ending are ensured for all.
An inspiring tale to get any reader out and on their wheels!
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- First published: Walker Books, 1991.
- Paperback: 28 pages
- New Edition: 1 Mar 1999
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0744563755
- ISBN-13: 978-0744563757
- Age Range: 3-7 years
- Title: Wheels by Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes is one of the best-loved and most innovative creators of books for young children. She has written and illustrated over 50 books, sold more than eight million copies, won major awards and created some of the most enduring characters in children’s literature.
“Even very small readers can develop a strong loyalty to fictional characters once they have taken them to heart. I learned that through reading with my own children.”
“I want children, however tiny they are, and wherever they live, to use their eyes, to look out and see that it’s ravishingly beautiful out there.”