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The Boy Who Biked the World: On the Road to Africa [Paperback]

Alastair Humphreys , Tom Morgan-Jones
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30 April 2011 The Boy Who Biked the World
Tom really wants to be an explorer. His favourite book is an atlas and he follows adventurers not footballers. His schooldays are spent daydreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. A private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure: i'm going to cycle round the world. His classmates laughed. No one believed him, least of all his teacher. The mountains will be too high! The desert is too hot! Everyone shouted their reasons why his dream was impossible. But it was a funny thing, the more that people told him he couldn t do it, the more Tom found himself wanting to prove them wrong.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Eye Books; Original edition (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903070759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903070758
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alastair Humphreys is an Adventurer, Microadventurer, Author and Blogger.

He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents.
More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, run 6 marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic (close to the magnetic North Pole) and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.
Alastair has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 - one of his pioneering microadventures.

He was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his microadventures - simple, local adventures perfect for people's busy lives.

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Enjoyable to read, whatever your age and remains page-turning to the end - a trick missed by much travelogue. The Boy Who Biked The World deserves a place in the stocking of every cyclist who hopes to pass their passion onto their children. --Tim Dawson (Sunday Times)

The Boy Who Biked the World is a fun, educational account of the first stage of Tom s journey round the world, riding the length of Africa. --Sustrans

About the Author

Alastair Humphreys, in addition to cycling round the world, has also competed in the Marathon des Sables, the 'toughest race on earth,' running 150 miles through the Sahara. Despite breaking his foot during the race he still finished as one of the top ten British runners. He rowed across the channel with Major Phil Packer to raise money for Help For Heroes, travels to Sierra Leone to support his main charity cause: Hope and Homes for Children.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boy Who Biked the World 25 Feb 2012
The Boy who Biked the World

This review was written by a group of five 8/9 year olds who read the book in Guided Reading at School:

The Boy who Biked the World is a story about an adventurous boy who wants to cycle around the world, but on the way he must communicate in other languages, travel across borders and cross deserts. In the end he makes it to Cape Town, cycling all the way and having many adventures en route.

This book is not just about cycling, it is also about living your dreams, and it tells us to get up off the sofa, stop watching TV and get out and have an adventure! It has a very positive message, we can all achieve our dreams! We think that it is telling us that we don't know everything and actually we wouldn't WANT to know everything because then we couldn't explore the world and find things out for ourselves. If you cycle, you are closer to nature, you see more and you would feel more proud of your achievement.

We really liked the different fonts, the illustrations (although they would be better in colour), and the fact files in Tom's diary, which give you useful information and translations. The book makes us want to be adventurous, but if Alastair Humphreys writes a sequel, we would like it to have more danger, more near death experiences and more ADVENTURE! Good things happen to Tom all the time, and although he has some hardship, it wasn't very realistic that nothing BAD ever happens. We would definitely read another book about Tom and his cycling adventures!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
What a great read - Mr Humphrey's has written a super book that will fire the imagination and sense of adventure of every child and dare them to fulfil their dreams and aim for the highest of aspirations. A book that should be in the library of every child and in every school library - an insight into the spirit of adventure and containing many interesting bits of information that would encourage discussion in the home or classroom. I was fortunate to see Mr Humphrey's earlier this year deliver a seminar to Headteachers in the North Yorkshire region and found him to be truly inspirational (a view shared by everyone who attended the event). Having read his other works and gained much pleasure and insight from them I am delighted that he has taken his experiences and related them in an accessible form for children. This is a book worth reading and deserves the highest praise for its noble concept, originality and readability. Highly recommended! If you wish to inspire future Ernest Shackletons, Scotts or Douglas Mawson's then this book is a must buy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Liz
A super book to enjoy for the sake of it - both children and adults. I read it in one sitting!
Having been a teacher though I think it is an ideal book to inspire middle Key stage 2 children (8 - 10year olds in particular) on many levels. It could be used in cross curricular themes covering most subjects - P.H.S.E, Literacy, History, Geography, Religion, Art, etc. or simply read for the sheer enjoyment of the tale. It is set out in an engaging way with the boy's handwritten notes and diary entries.
I thoroughly recommend 'The Boy who biked the World'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I gave this to my 8 year old son the other day and he was instantly engrossed. In fact I had to take the book away from him so he would go to sleep that evening! He says it's exciting and fun but also he's learning about other countries and how people live there. At the rate he's getting through the book we'll be itching to get the sequel before long.

I've read another of Alastair Humphreys' books so I know he's a captivating writer. This book proves he can do the same for a younger audience. I love the way it's laid out with handwritten notes mixed in with the text, and once my son has finished it I can't wait to read it myself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book to inspire kids 2 Dec 2011
This is a fantastic book for children...and for adults as I found myself reading it too before giving as a gift to my niece and nephew! Al is great at making stories and ideas accessible for all. Kids will love the handwritten notes that line the path of Tom's journey in this story and open up the world to them to explore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 31 Mar 2013
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An informative book without being boring for children. My 7 yr old learnt a lot and so did I, from an author who had clearly experienced the countries first-hand. We especially enjoyed the first-person journal entries from Tom.
The book has lost one star as you need to buy part 2 to find out what happens when Tom returns home, which I'm happy to do, but it's too long for a 7yr old to wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and educational ! 22 Sep 2013
By Steph
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My seven years old son was very reluctant for me to read this to him at first, but he agreed to listen to the first chapter....and he was enthralled by the end of it.This is so cleverly told,with lot's of drawings,maps and lists. The story in itself is completely unreal...but it is very magical and it has started many discussions on all types of subjects .A fabulous read for any parents who want to fire up their children'imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read for young kids 21 Jan 2014
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My 8 year old loved this book. An adventure story, geography lesson and education about different cultures, lives and foods. really good. A great change from Harry Potter and Tintin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Series
This was the first in the series that I bought for my grandson and he really enjoyed it.
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my son james read this book and couldnt put it down. he is nearly 8. he really loved it. the sense of 'can do' that is communicated via Tom is a powerful message for any child (or... Read more
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