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The Boy Who Biked the World: On the Road to Africa
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2011
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2014
Having devoured Microadventures, Moods of Future Joys and Thunder and Sunshine over the last few weeks, I feel compelled to report back (why? I have no idea). I had some idea of what Microadventures is about, Moods and Thunder were impulse purchases. I was splendidly surprised by all three books and they turned out to be nothing like I was expecting. I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

However my greatest delight is how engaged my elder son (Jacob aged 8) has become with The Boy Who Cycled the World, we read it together, unsolicited he now keeps a list of countries/places mentioned so he can trace the route in his atlas along with a list of interesting words/names of things/food he has never heard of so he can 'google' them at a later date to see what they are and what they look like.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2011
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
on 31 March 2013
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
Bought for 8 year old son who is an avid reader. He loved this book and now is waiting for the second one to be released. Good story but also lots of facts about the places he goes to so educational too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2014
This is the best book ever that I have bought for my 10/11 year old son. So much so that I have recommend the series to the school. For anyone that wants adventure, wanting to explore the world and wonder what it would be like. It is very educational without any pressure of learning as it is so well written. Our son, who hates reading and finds it difficult to read just one page,....read a chapter to us every night at bedtime without any problem at all. We are now waiting for the next book which will be released this week!!!
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