One of the challenges of writing a blog about children’s books is to avoid overuse of words like ‘charming’ and ‘delightful’, particularly when you read a book like Giraffe on a Bicyle which is exactly those things – it is charming and it is delightful. No other words will do.
Julia Woolf’s debut picture book starts off with a monkey finding a bicycle (the not-to-be-skipped wordless endpapers tell you how this came to be – a clever little touch). Giraffe then pedals off through the jungle, gathering monkeys, tigers, flamingos and snakes on the bike. They hurtle along in their increasingly precarious journey, until…crash! The bike is in ruins – can the jungle buddies put it back together?