Brian Patten's brilliant poetry for children is given a handsome outing in this endearing story. By the normal standards of children's verse this is an epic poem, a long saga about Danny Harris and his unstoppable bike. The world tour starts when Danny knocks a witch into a ditch, and continues in Patten's normal subversive vein:
Passing through London on his way to Dover
He knocked a policeman and a guardsman over.
Danny whizzes through France and Spain and even goes for a dip:
The floor of the Mediterranean Sea
Is a very strange place for a boy to be.
In the end Danny is only too happy to get off. But his journey is a zinger.