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A Bike Like Sergio’s by [Maribeth Boelts, Noah Z. Jones]

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Boelts lays out Ruben's ethical dilemma and emotional turmoil without preaching, and his struggle and journey toward the moral choice--which includes an interlude in which he believes he has lost the money--is both dramatic and genuine. Jones's mixed-media illustrations capture the scuffed-up feel of Ruben's urban neighborhood, as well as the sweet earnestness of the bespectacled hero and his multiracial family. "I am happy and mixed up, full and empty, with what's right and what's gone," says Ruben after returning the money. Readers will second those emotions.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This tale of temptation, ethics, guilt, and family love is firmly grounded in the economic realities of today, as was the earlier collaboration between Boelts and Jones, Those Shoes (rev. 11/07)...The resolution is realistic for a kid with a loving, supportive fam- ily, and it leaves plenty of room for talking about what is most important in life from an authentically childlike perspective.
--Horn Book

Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality...Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children.
--Kirkus Reviews

The colorful mixed-media illustrations show a well- appointed school and a friendly urban setting with just the right amount of detail to allow the important interpersonal dynamics to be front and center.
--Booklist

The art, digitally assembled line and watercolor with touches of pencil, has some of Brian Karas' homey naïveté but a texture and portraiture all its own, and the carefully chosen details of school, grocery, and home backgrounds effectively set the stage. Sure to elicit discussion among kids, this is a morality play that strikes at the heart.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Parents of all economic backgrounds can use this selection to start a conversation about right and wrong.
--School Library Journal

Maribeth Boelts's A Bike Like Sergio's honestly, lyrically captures the heat, sweat and rollercoaster nature of a child's ethical dilemma. Noah Z. Jones's watercolor, pen and ink artwork has a free and sketchy style, expressive and thoroughly charming. A true stand-out from the author-illustrator team behind Those Shoes.
--Shelf Awareness for Readers

A good one to share with children. Let them think on it a while. And then some.
--Kirkus Reviews (blog)

Maribeth Boelts captures the agony of a moral dilemma in "A Bike Like Sergio's," a picture book for 5- to 8-year-olds...Noah Z. Jones's expressive, naïve illustrations reinforce the sincerity of a boy's valiant struggle with temptation.
--The Wall Street Journal

--This text refers to the library edition.

About the Author

Maribeth Boelts is the author of numerous books for children, including Those Shoes, a previous collaboration with artist Noah Z. Jones, and Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. She lives with her family in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts as well as Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett, The Monster in the Backpack by Lisa Moser, and Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit by Joan Carris. He lives in Glendale, California.

--This text refers to the library edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09G9CZDD8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick Press (1 February 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 23793 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 37 pages
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Maribeth Boelts lives in Iowa and has been writing for children for over 25 years. Her titles, "Those Shoes", "Happy Like Soccer", "A Bike Like Sergio's" and "Before You Were Mine" have won a number of awards, with "Those Shoes" in its 30th printing. An early reader from Random House, "The Gingerbread Pup", as well as two picture books, "Kaia and the Bees" and "The Purple Puffy Coat" with Candlewick Press, have recently been published. A former teacher, Maribeth loves meeting and encouraging kids to read and write. "It is, in equal parts, an enthralling and confusing quest trying to crack the code on what makes a child pull a book off the shelf and continue turning the page. Figuring out what makes that same child laugh, feel understood or inspired is what keeps this career ever- interesting. I am so grateful for every reader, and potential new writer."

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