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A New Picture Book to Help Kids Explore France

Join Willie and his friends as they explore the famous Champs-Élysées and the beautiful sights of Paris, France!


Inspired by the whimsical verse of Dr. Seuss and the nostalgic Impressionism of Madeline, Willie The Wheelie will take you on a journey through the famous “City of Light” and all of its wonderful attractions. Stroll the Champs-Élysées with Willie and his friends as he tries to make his way back to the most important destination of all — Home.



Suitable for children of all ages who travel the globe or dream of doing so. Let Willie transport you wherever you are and be sure to take him along on your next international adventure!


“I am a first-time author who believes children should experience worlds beyond their backyard through imaginative stories and evocative images, regardless of whether they are fortunate enough to travel,” author, C.B. Flick shared. “The more familiar the world is to young people, the more inclusive, tolerant, and curious adults they become.  And the more they appreciate ‘home.’  I created Madeline, Willie The Wheelie to be a charming picture book about lost luggage in Paris, which I hope to be the first in a series. Enjoy!”  


About The Author


C.B. Flick is an author and international technology attorney living in New York City. Upon returning from a business trip to Paris some years ago, she was informed that her luggage was still at Charles de Gaulle airport. Rather than lamenting her lost luggage, she started pondering all of the adventures her roller-bag was having without her! And so, Willie was born.


What Is The Champs-Élysées?



The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, 1.9 kilometers long and 70 meters wide, running between the Place de la Concorde in the east and the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west. It connects Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde and is considered one of the world’s most famous commercial streets.


Other Amazing Sites in France


The Louvre Museum


Napoleon courtyard of the Louvre museum at night time, with Ieoh Ming Pei’s pyramid in the middle.


The Louvre, or the Louvre Museum, is a national art museum in Paris, France. It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement and home to some of the most canonical works of Western art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The Musée du Louvre contains approximately 500,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 dedicated to the permanent collection.


The Chartre Labyrinth



One of the most famous labyrinths in the world is the Chartres Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. This beautiful labyrinth is just a short train ride outside Paris.


This 11-course beauty was built during the Middle Ages and is divided into four quarters, with a six-petal rose shape at its center. Around the edge of the labyrinth are lunar markings.


It is thought that labyrinths placed inside cathedrals, especially during the Middle Ages, were a way for people to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It became too dangerous for people to travel, so they would do the pilgrimage by walking the labyrinth X amount of times. Many would do this on their knees.

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