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The Boy Who Biked the World: On the Road to Africa Paperback – 30 Apr 2011
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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) cycling-books.com
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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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!
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'
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.
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.
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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An interesting and informative read. Reader now begging for the rest in seriesPublished 11 days ago by papillon
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Bought for my 11 year old son who has really enjoyed the set of 3 books.Published 1 month ago by my3angels
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My boy has loved this...read it amazingly quickly....would even ask to read it during the day! Loved it so much we have now bought the next two books!Published 4 months ago by Jo
I'm a teacher, and I love this book. It's got the reluctant readers of my class reading. It's taught them how to write a story. It's got them interested in the world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jaggedpill