Motorcycle Matt -
by Phyllis Andrews
Dimensions (inches): 6.25 x 9.25 (159 x 236 mm)
BookSurge Publishing, 2007
26 pages, Color Illustrations by Nathan Rea
Amazon.com (Hardcover or Paperback)
Book Review by Rick K.
Here's a rather unusual
webBikeWorld book review; Motorcycle Matt is
a children's book designed for very young readers and
Phyllis Andrews kindly sent us the book, and although I don't have children
of my own, we have a veritable nursery on my block so
it was very easy to get a neighborhood full of comments
from Moms and kids.
Strangely enough, we also have more than twice as
many motorcycles as we do homes in this small
neighborhood out in the country, with 13 bikes that I
can count and only 20 homes on the cul-de-sac.
So the little ones are very used to seeing a constant
stream of cruisers, Sportbikes, Adventure Tourers and
even classics riding up and down at all hours of the day
You might just say that this is a perfect proving
ground for Motorcycle Matt! The book has a simple
theme that, like many successful children's books, has a
bit of a twist to make it interesting.
Motorcycle Matt is in elementary school, but dreams
about motorcycles. His teacher wants him to read
the typical 1st Grade fare ("See...the...Cat"), but Matt's a pretty smart
lad, so his Mom takes him to the store to buy a
motorcycle book. It turns out that the words are
very small, and Matt has some difficulty reading the
more advanced book.
But he works through it, brings the book to school
and enchants his fellow students with tales of
motorcycles. Once he has learned all about
motorcycles from the book, he wants to ride one, and his
Dad helps him do just that.
The consensus is that the book is lots of fun for
beginning readers, and I must say that I get a kick from
reading it myself! The illustrations are perfect,
and they remind me very much of my collection of "Golden
Books" when I was a kid.
The story is simple enough for young readers, yet it
has a couple of twists that I think will keep them
interested. It also has a not-so-subliminal
message that says that books are interesting; if you
work at it, you'll be able to get through the "See Jane
Run" and get to the good stuff; and that dreams
can indeed come true, especially with the help of a supportive
teacher, friends, Mom and Dad.
How it does all this in 26 pages with very few words
is the magic. Phyllis Andrews is a reading
specialist "whose students have been known to skip two
reading levels in one year", and she wrote the book to
both develop an interest in reading and to help develop
If you have a youngster just learning to read or if
you know someone who does, Motorcycle Matt would make a
"Flaming Helmet" Book
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