Off to School in my Wheelie Chair
By Charlene McIver
Illustrations by Vaughan Duck
Published May 2021
ISBN 9780648417842 (Paperback

Getting to school on time can be tough for any kid. But when you’re in a wheelchair, it can be double the trouble.

Roll with this spunky youngster as he navigates obstacles on his way to the classroom. Pushing his manual wheelchair, he encounters bumps and cracks, a muddy puddle, a hill, and even a speeding bicycle on the walkway. Will he make it to school on time despite these challenges?

This light-hearted story has an important message. It demonstrates how the simplest of things, like travelling along a footpath, can be difficult for someone using a wheelchair. But with perseverance and trust in their own abilities, anyone is able to achieve their goals.

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"A light-hearted and engaging picture book that focuses on a young boy’s journey to school in his manual wheelchair.

The story gives a very positive view of wheelchair use, emphasizing that it can be fast and fun, while at the same time making the reader more aware of the challenges and obstacles that wheelchair users face each day. Promotes resilience, kindness and acceptance."

Review by Claire Ward-Dutton

Little Parachutes, May, 2021