Betty Bikes London is a sweet tale of a girl, her Grandpa and their bikes. Published just in time for Christmas, this book would make a lovely gift or stocking filler for children aged around 5-10.
The story sees Betty and Grandpa travelling to London for a 'Ride London' style big day out on the closed city streets. The author adds in lots of cycling details (she is wearing stiff shoes, moves up through the gears) for children to spot and relate to their own experiences.
During the course of the story, Betty finds a little French dog and loses her Grandpa, but *spoiler alert* it all turns out well in the end and Betty discovers that her Grandpa once wore the yellow Jersey in the Tour de France.
The book takes Betty around London's sights, and I liked the fact that she was a visitor not a Londoner as this allowed the famous landmarks to be discovered with fresh eyes.
Pretty, slightly retro illustrations by Katie Wood complement the text. Betty wears a helmet and high vis in the pictures, but safety is referred to much more by setting her journey in a car-free London.
At the back of the book are sections for your own child to add to. One covers their cycling milestones and another is an I Spy of London landmarks. This is a really lovely touch and demonstrates the author's focus on promoting cycling for children.
Our young tester said, "It was very descriptive and made me feel that cycling is great. You just want to get on your bike and cycle away."
Our tester's dad queried the title 'Betty Bikes London' but was assured it was all above board and child-friendly.
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Charming tale which will make a lovely Christmas present for junior cyclists and wanna-be riders.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Betty Bikes London by Jenny French and Katie Wood
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A story about the love of cycling, travel and the pursuit of dreams.
Join Betty and her Grandpa as the pair enjoy the sights and sounds of London from the comfort of their bikes. Their adventure opens Betty's eyes to the wonder of London, to her Grandpa's past as well as potentially to her future.
Their journey takes them on a tour of London where Betty learns all about its famous landmarks, its history and its people. She also learns more about her sporty Grandpa and his epic past....
Designed for readers age 7-10 years but also for those who love being read to.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 5'7 Weight: size 16
I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Novice
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure