I love picture books. Someone once told me my inner child is not very inner. My outer adult, however, appreciates the fact that what we as a culture write for our children cuts to the heart of things. So, with that in mind, I offer this report on a picture book dear to my heart, Quentin Blake’s Mrs. Armitage on Wheels. And yes, this is more or less a fitness book, by my own quirky definition.
Mrs. Armitage loves to ride her bike. However, she finds her bike lacking some important amenities. One thing leads to another, until, in her enthusiasm, she creates a monster of a mess. Undaunted, she moves along to the next challenge. That is one of Mrs. Armitage’s best traits—boundless enthusiasm.
The book provides an example of an older person leading an active life—may I be as powerful at her age!
Further, in a funny way, she illustrates the problem some of us have when we get into something new. We collect more and more stuff for our activity and lose the essence of why we were doing it in the first place.
Quentin Blake both wrote and illustrated this book. His illustration style may be familiar to fans of Roald Dahl. He has written other books about Mrs. Armitage, which are also delightful.
Should you feel the need for story time, check it out. Or come over and I’ll read it to you, with sound effects. (Ask my kids…)