8 year old Artie Royal loved his blue bicycle. It gave him freedom and allowed him to temporarily escape the reality of a difficult home life. Given to him by his great-grandfather Merle the bike belonged to his mother. The bike plays a prominent role in author Bob Mustin's novella The Blue Bicycle and I must say I enjoyed this book very much.
Bob Mustin has written a most enjoyable tale of the importance of family heirlooms....he tells the story of Artie Royal through the eyes of four different people which allows us to witness an 8 year old boy grow up to be a man.....and how much a simple present as a bike can make all the difference in the world to a boy who's world was shattered.
As always, Mustin's dialogue is impeccable and believable. Mustin's great storytelling ability allows the reader to feel as though they are actually witnessing the events of Royal's life. The length of the book (150 pages) is perfect and you will want to re-read this timeless treasure again and again.
This one gets 4 stars my friends.
I enjoyed this book so much that I invited Mustin to appear on my syndicated radio program and you can listen to that interview here. You can purchase The Blue Bicycle here. Bob Mustin also joined me on The Writers Showcase Podcast and you are invited to listen to that program here.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of The Blue Bicycle by the author for review purposes and never was I asked to write a positive review nor was this book payment for an appearance on The Phil Naessens Show.