'Meet Maudie, a plucky young girl, and her friend Bear, a gentle giant with a heart of gold. In The Bike Ride, Maudie’s endless planning is as tiring as the bike ride itself.' (Publication summary)
'Maudie's world revolves around Maudie. Bear's world also revolves around Maudie—he is as patient and solid as a rock. Maudie is so confident of Bear's love she makes little effort to deserve it. Bear's remedy for loving Maudie is to love her some more.
'Jan Ormerod's minimal text and Freya Blackwood's inspired illustrations perfectly capture the intricate relationship between parent and child. This is the ultimate of reassuring stories— it shows that a parent's love is inexhaustible.' (From the publisher's website.)