Bicycling to the Moon

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on a hill. But while the two friends share a house, they are as different as cat and dog can be. Purdy has big dreams, while Barker likes to putter in the garden. Purdy likes to eat fish, but it is Barker who must scoop them from the lake for dinner. Their days together bring quarrels, contradictions, and craziness—a cat with so many ideas needs a dog with a lot of patience if friendship is to win out in the end.

These captivating and very funny characters romp through a warm and busy story from Finland’s number-one children’s author.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-77657-031-7
$16.99 $12.74
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2016
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2016-09-01
BISACS JUV002000, JUV019000, JUV000000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.8 x 7.8
Lexile 700
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2017
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2017

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Complex characters, by turns witty and foolish, will charm readers and listeners alike; Talvitie’s smudgy-lined full-color illustrations complete the package.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Talvitie’s amusing illustrations add immeasurably to the text. . . . Readers with fond memories of Frog and Toad and those who love Winnie-the-Pooh will adore meeting this new pair of friends.”—School Library Journal

Author: Timo Parvela

Timo Parvela's work is frequently used in the Finnish school curriculum and his books are continuously on the bestseller lists. He has been awarded the most important children's and youth literature prizes in Finland.

Illustrator: Virpi Talvitie

Virpi Talvitie is one of Finland's most prestigious illustrators. In 2006 and 2008 she was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and was awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2006.

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Bicycling to the Moon

Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on a hill. But while the two friends share a house, they are as different as cat and dog can be. Purdy has big dreams, while Barker likes to putter in the garden. Purdy likes to eat fish, but it is Barker who must scoop… View available downloads →