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Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

Peter Smith Bob Graham



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Allen & Unwin
01 June 2014
Children's & Educational; Picture storybooks
Albert decides that even if he is 60, he will compete in the bike race from Paris to Nice. After all, he’s fit and has a good bike, so why not? Although not the fastest cyclist, with perseverance and a bit of bonne chance, Albert does ride to glory! Told in rhyme which reads out loud beautifully, and with delightfully witty illustrations provided by Bob Graham (look out for his ever-charming trademark vignettes), this is a book made to share. Lindy

"Dear Abbey's,
I collected the copy of Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory this morning and was lucky enough to be able to get it signed by the author. It is a brilliant book. Brilliantly written - warm-hearted, exciting and witty, brimming with insight into character, glorious in its whimsy and sense of adventure, and inspiring in its celebration of bicycles and of the pleasure of being alive, no matter how old you are. And on top of that the language is a joy to read - great humour and fun in the superbly crafted rhythm and rhyme.

Please pass on my grateful thanks to Peter Smith and to Bob Graham too, as the illustrator, for his special skills. Every page is a delight. Looking forward to the next one!

Cheers, Alison"

And if the author below looks familiar to some of our readers, that is because Peter can often be found at Abbey's where he works as one of our booksellers. So all of Abbey's is giving Peter a hearty "Salut Peter!" and we do hope that you will soon be reading the tale of Monsieur Albert with your young ones and be marvelling at the beautiful lines of Bob Graham's illustrations.


By:   Peter Smith, Bob Graham
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 230mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   140g
ISBN:   9781743318423
ISBN 10:   1743318421
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 June 2014
Recommended Age:   From 6
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  General/trade ,  English as a second language ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Smith was born and grew up in England, but at age nineteen came to Australia with his sister Carol. Pete is a dedicated cyclist, having ridden from Sydney to Melbourne and from Sydney to the Gold Coast among other trips, and works in Abbey's bookshop in Sydney. He is Bob Graham's brother-in-law. Illustrator Bob Graham was born in Sydney, and studied painting, drawing and design at the Julian Ashton Art School where he met his future wife Carolyn. They had two children, Naomi and Pete, and a dog called Oscar. Bob has written and illustrated around 35 picture books, and illustrated as many again for other authors. His books are known for their charm, simplicity and humour, and have won countless awards in Australia and overseas, including fiveChildrens Book Council of Australia awards and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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