Bicycling to the Moon

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Purdey uses Barker’s bone in a still life arrangement for his painting, Barker takes Winky Pig to a smoked fish tea when the other villagers are mocking her new necklace. While Barker works in the vegetable garden, Purdey practises shooting goal. While Purdey dreams of awakening to find he can fly, Barker works doggedly to construct canine wings so he can join his friend, in case that dream comes true.

Bicycling to the Moon‘ is a chapter book of incidental stories about Purdey, a cat, and Barker, a dog, who’ for the most part’-  ‘live peaceabley’ in their little house on a hill where the forest meets the sky.’ We compare their behaviour and relationships,  through a year in an idyllic Finnish landscape. It is incomparable, one of the finest books for newly confident readers that I have been lucky enough to find.

I will be recommending ‘Bicycling to the Moon‘ to our lucky readers until Barker collects the snowplough from Connie Quackstrom and Purdey wins the village singing competition.


Bicycling to the Moon

Timo Parvela, illustrated by Virpi Talvitie

(Gecko Press)

Bicycling to the Moon is a whimsical, engaging, outstanding chapter book. While it is ideal for newer chapter books, Bookwagon asserts readers of all ages will adore this story.  We join Purdey and Barkus throughout a calendar year. It seems, for starters, that Purdey has ambitions to cycle to the moon. As ever, Barkus is tolerant of his friend and housemate’s plans. Thereafter, will he be so tolerant when Purdey’s football playing becomes overly competitive? What of Purdey’s plans to sing or paint?
While it seems that there’s always something about which Barkus is supporting Purdey, the relationship is tolerable- for the most part. Rather like Armadillo and Hare, it feels as though we are party to something real and special, close and supportive.
Bookwagon recommends this special story unequivocally. Put your feet up, leave the vegetable garden and settle back to Bicycling to the Moon.

1 review for Bicycling to the Moon

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janet Ling

    This is a truly wonderful book and one I would never have discovered without Bookwagon. It is definitely a forever read and I will always have a copy close by. Fabulous to read aloud and enjoyable for any age. The relationship between Barker and Purdey has something to teach us all. Thank you Bookwagon!

    • Bronnie

      Thank you so much for your feedback; it is so welcome and appreciated. Bicycling to the Moon is one of my most special books, an absolute treasure.

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