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A little boy rides his balance bike to discover the desert, mountains, mud puddles, and more. For adventurers aged 18 months - 5 years.
A little boy rides his balance bike to discover the desert, mountains, mud puddles, and more. The book is out as a paperback!
A little boy rides his balance bike to discover the desert, mountains, mud puddles, and more. The book is out as a paperback!
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Zoom! is a picture book that will inspire young adventurers and their families to discover the joy of bicycling. 

The story follows an active, happy toddler's adventures on his balance bike—a type of children's bike that kids propel by running rather than pedaling. 

He scoots his bike confidently through the mountains and mud, puddles and rain, and in the desert surrounded by cactus. He wears his favorite helmet as he rides with his dog, with his brother, and with his whole family. 

The book is eight full pages, with bold, colorful art by Kellie Day and simple, fun, rhyming text by Jennifer Charrette and Marcia Kinne (with a foreword by professional bike racer George Hincapie). Printed either as a board book or on sturdy, glossy paper, it is designed to suit your bold young bicyclist's imagination and attention span. 

Book cover by illustrator Kellie Day
Book cover by illustrator Kellie Day

The story of Zoom!

Zoom!'s story of courage, adventure, and the power of family goes well beyond the book. The story and its central character are in honor of Axel Charrette, an exuberant two year old with a talent and passion for riding his balance bike.

Axel and his Strider balance bike
Axel and his Strider balance bike

On February 28th, 2013, Axel was murdered. In the wake of the tragedy, his family—Jen, Randy, and his brother Kalden—decided to honor his memory by helping other families to discover and embrace bicycling as a means of living passionately and boldly. This book is one part of that plan.

Jen, Randy, Kalden, and Axel Charrette
Jen, Randy, Kalden, and Axel Charrette

Elly Blue Publishing produces and distributes books and zines that inspire people to build a strong, feminist bicycling movement.

Risks and challenges

We've completed 16 successful Kickstarter projects leading to the funding and publication of books and zines, and we're pretty sure there isn't much that can surprise us now. Which is to say that we already know that mistakes will be made, formatting errors will come up at the last minute, budgets will be readjusted, and production schedules will get away from us. It also means that we are prepared for all that and more, and we are confident that the final product will be inspiring, empowering, well-printed, and made with love.

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    Axelove sticker, plus our gratitude and the gratitude of kids everywhere.

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    An author-signed copy of Zoom!, an Axelove sticker, and our gratitude.

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    Two author-signed copies of Zoom!, an Axelove sticker, and our immense gratitude. (Add $10 for each additional copy you would like.)

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    An author-signed copy of Zoom!, an Axelove sticker, and four RIDE bike notecards made by book illustrator Kellie Day.

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    Art Collector: An author-signed copy of Zoom, an Axelove sticker, and RIDE, a 12x12 mixed-media print of Kellie Day's energetic, blue bicycle painting.

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    Chapeau! One copy of Zoom! signed and inscribed to you by bike racing legend George Hincapie as well as the book's authors, a second copy of Zoom! that you can freely allow your child to love, and an Axelove sticker.

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    Ride! Entry into the Axel Project Bicycle Classic on August 30, 2014. You cover your travel to and from the event, and we'll cover your lodging while you're here and show you around. Plus copies of Zoom! and Axelove stickers and our profound thanks.

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