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Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns To Ride a Bike by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns To Ride a Bike takes a humorous and heartwarming look at a major milestone in a child’s life – learning to ride a bike. This beautifully illustrated, gentle story of friendship and support is the perfect first picture book for a very young reader.

The Story: Frank and Bert decide to go on a big bike ride. But Bert is not very good at cycling – he wibbles and wobbles all over the place. Frank tries to help by holding onto Bert’s bike while he rides but there’s trouble when he lets go. So Frank puts a seat for Bert on the back of his bike. It’s tough cycling with a big bear on the back and when they get to the top of a hill Frank is too tired to cycle any more. But how are they going to get home? Bert has an idea…

The bike ride starts well but Bert gets into trouble by the pond which has consequences for a bunny and a raccoon. Although Frank spends a lot of time patiently trying to help things don’t get any better. But Frank doesn’t give up – we love the way he cycles with Bert sitting on the back. The two friends have a wonderfully supportive relationship and we love the way that Frank’s predicament helps Bert find a solution to his own problem whilst also helping his friend.

Frank tells the story of their experiences in short, easy to read sentences and lots of onomatopoeia but much of the action is also shown in the gorgeous illustrations. The vibrant colours of the characters stand out against the pastel colours of the landscape and the clean cream background. We love the illustration of Frank and Bert on their bikes and the ducks in their woolly hats make us laugh!

This would be a lovely story to stimulate conversation about friendship in an Early Years classroom. Before reading children could discuss how they think Frank can help Bert learn to ride his bike, similarly the reader could stop reading when the characters get to the top of the hill and think about how Frank and Bert can get home. Children can be encouraged to talk about how they support their friends when they need help.

Author / Illustrator: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Thank you to Netgalley for the review copy of Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns To Ride a Bike.

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16 responses to “Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns To Ride a Bike by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros”

  1. Amila Wickramarachchi avatar

    Beautiful illustration and it seems like this is a great book to read with children. My son loves reading. So I spent most times in the library with him when he was a preschooler.
    Thanks for sharing about this book.
    Have a great week!

    1. Catherine avatar

      We spent a lot of time on our library when my daughter was small. It’s a great activity for a rainy day 🙂

  2. Afaq Ishtiaq avatar

    Such a lovely story about friendship and the illustrations are so cute!

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are beautiful- it’s a gorgeous first picture book 🙂

  3. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a beautiful story and I just love the illustrations! I’m sure little ones will love Frank and Bert. 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re a cute double act. This is the second Frank and Bert story. The first one is called Frank and Bert!

  4. Louise avatar

    That sounds like a lovely story and those illustrations are beautiful. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re brilliant illustrations – so full of humour 🙂

  5. Ruth avatar

    Such a lovely story about friendship. Kids love listening to stories that have onomatopoeia and the illustrations are so cute!

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love onomatopoeia and the way that it adds drama to a story 🙂

  6. Carol avatar

    a cute story and the characters are drawn in such an adorable way #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      The characters are adorable – I love their bike helmets 🙂

  7. RaisieBay avatar

    I think I could love Frank and Burt, what lovely characters. I like books on friendship, and it also shows that some find riding a bike more difficult to learn than others. (It takes me back to when my eldest son couldn’t ride a bike and his friend spent days teaching him, getting him to go a little further each time.)

    1. Catherine avatar

      Learning to ride a bike is hard but it’s such a great achievement when you can finally do it 🙂

  8. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a sweet story and the illustrations are so cute. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the illustrations – they’re perfect for helping to tell the story 🙂