Finders keepers, right? When Ruben picks up someone's lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing. Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben's mom sends him to Sonny's corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn't have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone's purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it's not one dollar or even five or ten--it's a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio's But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money? Presenting a relatable story told with subtlety and heart, the creative team behind Those Shoes pairs up again for a satisfying picture book.
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 3.1 Point Value: 0.5 Interest Level: Lower Grade Quiz #/Name: 184762 / Bike Like Sergio's
Review Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001 Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2016 Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2016 pg. 78 Publishers Weekly 09/05/2016 Booklist 10/01/2016 pg. 77 School Library Journal 10/01/2016 pg. 72 Shelf Awareness 10/14/2016 Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2016 Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2017 - Superior,Well Above Average
About the Author Maribeth Boelts is the author of numerous books for children, including Those Shoes, a previous collaboration with artist Noah Z. Jones, and Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. She lives with her family in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts as well as Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett, The Monster in the Backpack by Lisa Moser, and Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit by Joan Carris. He lives in Glendale, California.