Bicycles – Patricia Lakin

        Bicycles (Made By Hand) – Patricia Lakin, Aladdin, (9781481478960), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Non-fiction, STEM

What did you like about the book? Ever wonder how bicycles are made? Meet bicycle artisan Aaron Dykstra who creates bicycles by hand. Dykstra first studied bicycle making with a master. Now he turns out custom-made bikes from his Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. in Roanoke, VA. Most of the book consists of step by step descriptions and photos showing Dykstra crafting bicycles by hand. There is also a brief history of bicycle construction and a four page timeline of bicycle-related events. End pages contain a glossary of bicycle and tool terms and a list of books and websites that contain further information about bicycles and their construction.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to young people who are really into bicycling or who enjoy making things.

Who should buy this book? Elementary libraries, middle school libraries, and public libraries, especially those looking to expand STEM and makerspace-related resources.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 629.227 with books about engineering bicycles and motorcycles.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/12/17

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