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Bicycling to the Moon

By Timo Parvela, illustrated by Virpi Talvitie

A bestseller in its native Finland, Bicycling to the Moon is a laugh-out-loud tale about the relationship between two very different friends.



This is Barker.



And this is Purdy.


They live in a sky-blue house on top of a hill.


Barker likes the garden. He wants only to dig, to scratch up the earth and turn it over.


But Purdy has big dreams. One day he decides that if he could just get a bicycle and ride it to the moon, he would be the happiest cat in the world, and never want anything else ever again. Ever.


"One of the best books I have read this year and possibly one of the best books ever." Bob Docherty


"Typically of Gecko Press titles, Bicycling to the Moon is a very attractive, beautifully designed book ... In sum, children's literature of excellent quality." Magpies Magazine


"Timo Parvela is a superstar in Finland, and I'm excited to bring his stories to English speakers for the first time. These are funny adventures that celebrate life's odd little moments." Julia Marshall


Win a copy of Bicycling to the Moon

To go in the draw, simply email your name and address and send to, subject line "Bicycling to the Moon"

One winner will be drawn on 20 June.

Congratulations to last month's winner: Daniel Shrimpton!


To read an excerpt of the book, click here.

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To request a review copy or for any other enquiries, email Petra at