Reader Reviewed The Best Birthday Bike by Chris Hoy

The Best Birthday Bike

Written by Chris Hoy
Illustrated by Clare Elsom

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March 2016 Book of the Month For action-packed stories, combining real-life adventure with a touch of magic, Chris Hoy’s Flying Fergus series is hard to beat. He’s collaborated with accomplished children’s author Joanna Nadin, a writer who knows her way round a young child’s imagination as well as Sir Chris knows his way round a velodrome, and the result is sparky books with lots of appeal. Fergus lives with his mum and grandad and dreams of making the cycling team at his local track. They can’t afford flash kit and Fergus has to compete on his dad’s old bike. It turns out there’s something amazing about it though, and it transports him to a magical world where he learns lots about competition. The story makes clear what’s so great about cycling, is just as good on friendship and family, and there are some very funny moments too.

There’s already a second book in the series The Great Cycle Challenge, and readers might also like Frank Lampard’s football-with-magic series Frankie’s Magic Football. ~ Andrea Reece

Emma Matthewson, Editor, Hot Key Books, said: “Sir Chris has already provided a lasting legacy of inspiration to young people with his tremendous list of achievements. What drew me to Flyign Fergus was a genuine warmth and heart to the books and Sir Chris’s clear dedication to the next generation. We can’t wait to see young cyclists across the country enjoy reading about their new hero!”

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Rachel Zinkin, age 9 - 'I thought this book was brilliant, not only because he got a bike for his ninth birthday just like me, but because his was magical.'
  • Pelayo Primo de Rivera, age 9 - 'Fergus receives a rusty old bike for his birthday, with the help of his grandpa it is transformed but will he win the race?'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 8 - 'I really liked this book because it was funny, imaginative and a great story to read!'
  • Hannah, age 8 - 'I really enjoyed this book because of the characters,and the story itself...I can't wait to read the next book.'
  • George Daniels, age 7 - 'Flying Fergus is inspiring in lots of ways and made me believe in aiming to achieve success against the odds.'
  • Freddie Barth von Wehrenalp, age 8 - 'A magical adventure which gives me a real treat at bedtime.'
  • Bobby Earl, age 9 - 'I loved this book and it was great to read a book about cycling as I am mad about bikes.'
  • Lewis Briggs, age 9 - 'The book was fabulous! I really enjoyed reading it. It was humorous, full of fantasy and gave great imagery in my mind...I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you like cycling.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'A really great story, perfect for younger readers between aged 6 and 9 years old, especially reluctant readers as the print is quite big and there are lots of fantastic illustrations.'
  • Gabriel, age 10 - 'I like this book because it inspires people to achieve their dreams even though they don't have the latest brands...Its easy to read and a real page turner.'
  • Phoebe Allan, age 10 - 'I recommend this book for age 7-9. It is quite simple although it still has some hard words. However the majoroty of the book is direct speech.'
  • Kamran Mustfa, age 7 - 'It's a super book. It all starts off when he thinks he's a loser.'


The Best Birthday Bike by Chris Hoy

Fergus Hamilton, a boy who always dreams big, gets a rusty old bike for his ninth birthday from his mum and granddad. It's not the flashy Sullivan Swift he'd longed for - but when it's all cleaned up and he takes it for a test run, he discovers something amazing. When the pedals turn backwards, Fergus and his dog, Chimp, are magically transported to Nevermore, a land where cycling is banned by the wicked King Woebegot. He meets the ever enthusiastic Princess Lily, has an amazing adventure bunny-hopping on his bike over the Swamp of Certain Death and outwitting the Knights of No-Nonsense and their Hounds of Horribleness, and lands back in the real world with a bump. Fergus still has to complete the time trial to join the local cycling team though - can Grandpa Herc and his best friend Daisy help him realise that he doesn't need magic to succeed, and that hard work, a bit of patience and some help from his friends can do the trick?

With fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom.

Sir Chris Hoy has written his stories with the help of Joanna Nadin.


It is an inspiring tale: a young boy gets on his new bike and - determined to be the best - pedals to glory. Scottish Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy Sir Chris Hoy MBE was born and raised in Edinburgh. He raced BMX until he was 14. Chris won his first world medal in 1999 - a silver in the Team Sprint - and has won 11 world and two Commonwealth titles to date. Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 and went on to win three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals- in the Keirin and Team Sprint- becoming Great Britain's most successful Olympic athlete of all time with six gold medals and one silver. Chris was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and awarded a Knighthood in 2009.

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128 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

25th February 2016




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