cover image A Big Day for Bike

A Big Day for Bike

Emily Jenkins, illus. by G. Brian Karas. Little, Brown/Ottaviano, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-34017-5

With a smile on her front basket, Bike zooms through her first day on the job in this introduction to city bike-sharing systems. “Beep Beep Bicycles are for anyone to use, but they do cost a bit of money,” Jenkins explains; “You pay with an app on your phone.” Bike is nervous about the new beginning (“What if I get wobbly in traffic?”) but gets her bearings as her first passenger pedals toward Seattle’s Pike Place Market, soaring down a steep slope. A father and a baby on their way to the aquarium and more build Bike’s confidence. Only when a “fierce and wise” woman takes on a tremendous hill do challenges arise. As Bike finds her place and readers learn about a transit alternative, stylish, vintage-style cartooning by Karas lends texture to Seattle scenes. Characters are portrayed with various skin tones. Tips for safe biking conclude. Ages 4–8. (June)