Purdy spends much of each day curled up comfortably, dreaming: of bicycling to the moon, flying away when winter nears and even becoming Supercat. Barker, on the other hand, loves growing vegetables and turning the soil. Their life together seems hard-wired for conflict but the two remain inseparable.
Bicycling to the Moon is a character study of how seeming opposites can be the best of friends (when they are not fighting). While Barker is the quiet, industrious one, he isn’t always the anchor he appears to be. Even though Purdy often thinks of himself first, his fun loving nature steadies Barker.
Not everyone will like Purdy and some will think Barker a bit on the boring side but reading about their travails is an absolute treat. Timo Parvelo’s comic timing is faultless, his instinct for plumbing human nature in the simplest of scenarios is genius. Bicycling to the Moon is definitely a keeper.
Title: Bicycling to the Moon
Author: Timo Parvelo
Illustrator: Virpi Talvitic
Publisher: Gecko Press, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2016
For ages: 5 +
Type: Junior Fiction