I Cannot Draw a Bicycle

I Cannot Draw a Bicycle
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Union Square Kids
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August 01, 2023
Award-winning author and illustrator Charise Mericle Harper creates a laugh-out-loud picture book about making something out of nothing and the power of imagination in this companion title to I Cannot Draw a Horse.

The Horse wants a bicycle.
A bicycle is hard to draw.
The Book cannot draw a bicycle.
But the Book CAN draw shapes.

Can the Horse and the Cat build a bicycle from shapes? Or will their dreams end in pieces?

Featuring the same quirky contemporary voice and kid-friendly comic illustration style as its predecessor, I Cannot Draw a Horse, this children's metafiction book is an art lesson about creativity and determination, wrapped around a humorous narrative. Readers who have enjoyed other fourth wall—breaking books like B.J. Novak's The Book With No Pictures will appreciate the interactive elements in this book for children ages 3–8.

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Imaginative and Humorous
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I Cannot Draw a Bicycle is a humorous picture book perfect for fans of Mo William’s Piggie and Gerald series. Cat and Horse want to see a bicycle and through a series of funny events end up with things close to a bicycle but never quite right. This humorous book is excellent for preschoolers through newly independent readers. The uncluttered illustrative style and speech bubbles make it easy for young readers to follow the story or read it for themselves. I did find it a bit hard to understand that it was the book itself acting as a sentient part of the story providing the drawings that the cat and horse were interacting with and not the cat. That is only made clear by reading the synopsis on the inside cover. Overall, this book was humorous and just the right book for children starting to read on their own.
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