Bumper Boy Learns How To Ride A Bike
"And I will love him, and hug him, and squeeze him, and call him George"
Article by Scott Tingley, August 21, 2007
Review prologue : I haven't even read the m inicomic Bumper Boy Learns How To Ride A Bike yet, but I am already predicting a winner. Why? Well my 2 ½ year old daughter pretty much ignores most of the comic stuff that I have lying around the house, but she got her hands on this comic and I spent the next 10 minutes answering “What's he doing?”. That is pretty high praise, I think.
Actual Review : Okay. I'm back and I've read it. I like it.
Well here is what creator Debbie Huey says about it:
What?! Bumperboy still doesn't know how to ride a bike?? Well it's about time that he learns! Watch him wobble his way through many obstacles, including the dreaded Hugga Hugga Bear!
Way back, almost two years ago, when I started this website, I bought a copy of the minicomic Bumperboy: First Day of School. I had grand plans for it, but I never got around to doing anything with it. And then I lost it. Oops. This new Bumperboy comic from Debbie Huey is as weird and sweet natured as I remember School being, and there is something about this new one that I immediately enjoyed. I also get it now, and I'm not sure I did then. The book is sort of (forgive me if you have to be around middle school kids that use this term until it threatens to drive you mad) random. In the best possible way, it is like Bumperboy is being written by a grade two student. That is a high compliment -I say the same thing about the amazing Grampa and Julie . Weird things just come out of nowhere for no apparent reason. This comic is about a boy learning to ride a bike. Why does he teleport to his friend's picnic? Where did the robot come from? Why all of a sudden is there a giant teddy-bear trying to hug them? Why? Why? Who cares? It fits in a world where a bird and a bear (Gordy, not the giant bear) can talk, but the dog can't and where some of the characters wear spacesuit sort of things (but don't go to space) and teleport to picnics. It's silly, and fun, and sweet.
Favorite moment : The big “pop-a-wheelie”. I was always envious of those kids that could do them really well. ‘sigh'
Teachers : I thing the format of the book itself is a teachable moment. There are loads of books kicking around on the various ways we can get kids to publish their stories. Some dive right in, and some couldn't care less. I think having a concrete example of an alternative publishing style could help. Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike is a h and-stapled mini-comic that looks professional and doable at the same time.
Final thoughts: This is a book that can be enjoyed by anybody that likes simple, sweet, silly, odd stories. It can be read to a pre-school child and read with a new reader, or given to a reader to enjoy on her/his own.
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