Ride, Ricardo, ride! by Phil Cummings

Amy Ride Ricardo RideShort-listed for the 2016  CBCA Picture Book of the Year award. Ride, Ricardo, Ride! is the story of a young boy who loves to ride his bike until the shadows come and he has to hide his bike away. The shadows take his father, but eventually they leave and he gets his bike out and rides it again. This is a beautifully illustrated (if very brown) story about loss and hope. It’s a good book to provoke discussion as the time and setting are not specified, and the shadows aren’t named, though they are clearly soldiers. A book about war, that doesn’t mention war!

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