Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus

Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus

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by Meghan McCarthy
     
 

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Every day Patty visits her big red bus and sometimes she lets her little sister come along. Off they go on exciting adventures to the tops of the highest mountains, to the busiest of cities, to the big-top circus, and even to the moon! Patty has a big imagination, but little does she know that her little sister has an even bigger imagination.

Young adventurers will

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Every day Patty visits her big red bus and sometimes she lets her little sister come along. Off they go on exciting adventures to the tops of the highest mountains, to the busiest of cities, to the big-top circus, and even to the moon! Patty has a big imagination, but little does she know that her little sister has an even bigger imagination.

Young adventurers will delight in this charming book featuring two irresistible sisters.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In a unique experience readers travel along with Patty and her little sister as they tackle imaginary adventures in the big red bus. The bus goes wherever Patty, the expert driver, chooses to take it. Along the way she and her co-pilot little sister reach the top of tall mountains and the very bottom of deep oceans, the middle of bustling cities, a circus, and the moon. While Patty gets to explore the ocean and every other place they go, she always tells her little sister to stay inside or to get out only where it is safe. Little does she know that her sister has her own adventures happening simultaneously with those in which Patty performs extremely brave deeds. Illustrations impart this information in a humorous way and they are one reason readers will pick up this book to read over and over again. The six by six inch size of the book is easy for little hands to handle. Simple text splattered with many one-syllable words offers success to young readers. Patty's adventures may give readers the opportunity to use their own imaginations for fun and exciting travel. 2005, Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 4 to 7.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This is an imaginative story about a little girl who drives a big red bus to adventurous places, with her younger sister as copilot. They climb to the top of the tallest mountains and to the bottom of the deepest oceans, where Patty dives for sunken treasure ("I tell my sister to stay inside the bus where it's safe...."). Speeding in and out of city traffic, they race to a fire that she puts out ("I tell my sister to wait by the bus because she could get burned...."). Next it's on to the circus, where millions of clowns pile into the vehicle. Finally, the bus turns into a spaceship and the children soar to the moon, narrowly averting a giant space rock before returning home. Whimsical cartoons, mainly in shades of red and with goggle-eyed characters, illustrate this action-packed story. Good additional fun.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Self-absorbed big sister Patty drives and narrates, bossily directing little sister to stay inside and out of danger at each stop, while she charges off to fight a fire, join the clowns, and generally have all the fun. But the illustrations, which feature pop-eyed, smiling cartoon figures and big-sister-style labels ("funniest clown!" next to "not so funny clown" for instance) tell a different tale, as little sister silently dances atop a spouting whale, diverts an oncoming meteor, and, in clown makeup, hefts a big cream pie. In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks-but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375929397
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/08/2005
Edition description:
Library edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Meghan McCarthy’s family once owned a big red bus just like Patty’s. McCarthy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Patty and the Big Red Bus is an fun story for all. I must admit that I enjoy reading it to children, as much as they enjoy hearing it. This is a great story for all kids but it is especially fun for a family. This book looks at sibling relationships in a hilarious manner, as Patty and her younger (but heroic) sister go on a series of adventures. The vibrant illustrations which span across every page will capture anyones attention. I highly recommend this book.