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Gus and Grandpa and the two-wheeled bike
Mills, Claudia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Gus doesn't want to give up the training wheels on his bike, even for a new five-speed bicycle, until Grandpa helps him learn how to get along without them.
Reading Level:
430 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 44903.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 2 Quiz: 25178 Guided reading level: K.
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Gus is unimpressed when Ryan coolly stops his sleek five-speed bike with the hand brake. But he's totally nonplussed when Daddy buys him a bicycle like Ryan's. Gus will never give up his training wheels. Enter Grandpa, who wisely removes Gus from the neighborhood and curious eyes for practice, digs out Daddy's old bike for the occasion, and patiently holds that bike as Gus rides it around and around. Gus's ultimate triumph belongs to Grandpa as well, and will be shared enthusiastically by reluctant riders and their supportive families. Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock contribute a gem to the bike-riding genre.

Author Notes

Claudia Mills is an American author of children's books. She is also an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has written several children's series including: Mason Dixon Series, Gus and Granpa Series, West Creek Middle School Seres, and Dinah Series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-3. Unlike his neighbor Ryan Mason, Gus isn't ready to ride "a tippy, slippy, floppy, falling-over bike without training wheels." When he has difficulty negotiating the shiny five-speed bike his parents buy him, he feels terrible. Then his beloved Grandpa has an idea: Grandpa substitutes the bike Gus' dad used when he was a boy, a bike with nice, thick tires, for the fancy racer. As in other books in this charming early chapter-book series, wise Grandpa knows just what to do. The words, laid out on the page in short, generously spaced lines, will be easy for newer readers to grasp, and Catherine Stock's muted watercolors ably show the anxiety, the fear, and the flush of success related to a common childhood event. The subject is right on target for the age group, and the intergenerational relationship is a sweet bonus. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Fans of the previous beginning chapter books in this series, which include Gus and Grandpa (1996) and Gus and Grandpa at the Hospital (1998, both Farrar), are sure to welcome this addition. When Gus balks at removing the training wheels from his bike, his dad tries to win him over with a fancy new bicycle that has five speeds, hand brakes, and a water bottle with its own holder. After more than a few crashes on his new wheels, Gus decides to return to his steadier old friend. Then Grandpa has an idea that leads the duo to spruce up Gus's father's old bike and head to an empty parking lot. Teamwork and practice blended with the boy's growing confidence soon have him riding on his own. Readers will identify with the youngster's fear and reliance on the training wheels. Gus's worries are never trivialized and his family and friends are supportive. Stock's muted watercolors nicely reflect both the plot's elements and the close bond between grandfather and grandson. A charming look at a rite of passage for many young children.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.