Cover image for Mrs. Armitage on wheels
Title:
Mrs. Armitage on wheels
Author:
Blake, Quentin.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Summary:
Relates the misadventures of Miss Armitage as she makes increasingly complicated modifications of her bicycle.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780394894980

9780394994987
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Relates the misadventures of Mrs. Armitage as she makes increasingly complicated modifications of her bicycle.


Summary

Relates the misadventures of Mrs. Armitage as she makes increasingly complicated modifications of her bicycle.


Author Notes

Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932.

His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage.

His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932.

His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage.

His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. True to the maxim ``form follows function,'' the enterprising Mrs. Armitage outfits her bicycle with creative practicality. Surveying her needs and the environment, Mrs. Armitage rhythmically proclaims ``what this bike needs,'' and, voila, the sturdy two-wheeler sports a wash bucket, tool kit, snack station, dog carrier, mouth organ, umbrella, multiple horns, and sail so effective that, at top speed, the inevitable disaster occurs. The clattering, clanging contraption disintegrates into a pile of wreckage. Undaunted, the ingenious Mrs. Armitage procures roller skates . . . With a cartoonist's sure sense of line, abetted by the ludicrous logic of nonsense, Blake serves up full-color lighthearted chuckles to young fans. PW. Bicycles and bicycling-Fiction / Humorous stories [CIP] 87-3335


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 A gaunt, mature woman ``improves'' her simple bicycle with amusing and unlikely additions that eventually cause the demise of the resulting contraption. What makes Mrs. Armitage so likable is her resourcefulness; her independence; and her downright silly desires to embellish her wheels with horns, umbrellas, and other unusual items. Her faithful and equally amicable dog, Breakspear, accompanies her on her playful outings and even assists with her repairs. This story lends itself to reading aloud even with its odd assortment of details: ``a transistor radio-cassette player and a lot of cassettes of cheerful music and a mouth organ. . . .'' Blake's characteristic shakey-lined, light-hearted, elongated portraits reinforce this humorous tale as they fill the pages with mirth. Marianne Pilla, Allard K. Lowenstein Library of Long Beach, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. True to the maxim ``form follows function,'' the enterprising Mrs. Armitage outfits her bicycle with creative practicality. Surveying her needs and the environment, Mrs. Armitage rhythmically proclaims ``what this bike needs,'' and, voila, the sturdy two-wheeler sports a wash bucket, tool kit, snack station, dog carrier, mouth organ, umbrella, multiple horns, and sail so effective that, at top speed, the inevitable disaster occurs. The clattering, clanging contraption disintegrates into a pile of wreckage. Undaunted, the ingenious Mrs. Armitage procures roller skates . . . With a cartoonist's sure sense of line, abetted by the ludicrous logic of nonsense, Blake serves up full-color lighthearted chuckles to young fans. PW. Bicycles and bicycling-Fiction / Humorous stories [CIP] 87-3335


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 A gaunt, mature woman ``improves'' her simple bicycle with amusing and unlikely additions that eventually cause the demise of the resulting contraption. What makes Mrs. Armitage so likable is her resourcefulness; her independence; and her downright silly desires to embellish her wheels with horns, umbrellas, and other unusual items. Her faithful and equally amicable dog, Breakspear, accompanies her on her playful outings and even assists with her repairs. This story lends itself to reading aloud even with its odd assortment of details: ``a transistor radio-cassette player and a lot of cassettes of cheerful music and a mouth organ. . . .'' Blake's characteristic shakey-lined, light-hearted, elongated portraits reinforce this humorous tale as they fill the pages with mirth. Marianne Pilla, Allard K. Lowenstein Library of Long Beach, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.