Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory by Peter Smith

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Framing a distant cousin to “The Tortoise and the Hare” in loosely sketched watercolors and delicious dactyls, Graham and his brother-in-law present an aging but game Parisian who quixotically enters a bicycle race to the Côte d’Azur.
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Bob Graham's first ever illustrated book, never before published, is a gently humorous take on the Tour de France

There's a hush in the crowd as the mayor lifts his gun,
then an ear-splitting Bang! and the race has begun,
with a flashing of goggles and pale cyclists' knees,
and a murmuring sound like the bumble of bees.

Monsieur Albert enters the Grand Cycle Race, but he's up against Francois, the champion of France. Can he possibly win? Witty text and gentle, funny illustrations by Bob Graham make this story a classic, ideal for reading aloud to young and old.

 

About Peter Smith

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Peter Smith is a cycling fanatic and works in a bookstore. Bob Graham is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include Dimity Dumpty; How to Heal a Broken Wing, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow award and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal; Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child, winner of the Kate Greenaway medal; and "Let's Get A Pup!" Said Kate, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn book award and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal.
 
Published June 1, 2013 by Allen & Unwin. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.
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Framing a distant cousin to “The Tortoise and the Hare” in loosely sketched watercolors and delicious dactyls, Graham and his brother-in-law present an aging but game Parisian who quixotically enters a bicycle race to the Côte d’Azur.

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