Bus-a-saurus Bop

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The perfect story for a child about to go on the school bus for the first time-a hilarious romp on the bus-a-saurus, a cross between a bus and a dinosaur. In the slightly alternate universe that is the suburban town, things are just a little more zany than reality-or are they? Perfect for the first day, or for any day when the bus ride to school might need a little jazzing up!

A boy describes his school bus as a big yellow monster ...

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Overview

The perfect story for a child about to go on the school bus for the first time-a hilarious romp on the bus-a-saurus, a cross between a bus and a dinosaur. In the slightly alternate universe that is the suburban town, things are just a little more zany than reality-or are they? Perfect for the first day, or for any day when the bus ride to school might need a little jazzing up!

A boy describes his school bus as a big yellow monster that gobbles up students and takes them to school.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a thin story relayed through rhyme, debut author Shore reimagines a yellow school bus as a hungry, stiff-jointed creature. "Early in the mornin'/ when the sun is done a-snorin',/ the boppin' bus-a-saurus/ comes a-rippin' and a-roarin'./ .../ C-r-e-e-e-k/ cringin' as he stops,/ s-q-u-e-e-e-k/ unhingin' his chops." Clark (Grumblebunny) pictures the bus-a-saurus as a spiny-backed reptile with dark gold skin and protruding nostrils where its headlights should be. The bus holds a two-sided stop/bop traffic sign with its curled chameleon tail, and it gazes out of two red, stalky eyes. At each stop, it opens its gaping maw and extends a long forked tongue. Students climb aboard and bounce around in its whale-like belly, behind a benign bus driver. When school is done, the bus "always bumbles back/ for an afternooner snack," and ejects every passenger with an energetic belch. In Clark's full-to-bursting illustrations, which recall David Catrow's, the heavy creature moves so fast that pavement lifts off the ground like a loose ribbon. Yet the bus-a-saurus does nothing but travel, and readers could easily revolt against empty raps about "skippin'" and "zippin'." Shore's bus-as-beast conceit might amuse bored riders, but there's not much content beyond the gulping and the burping. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Somewhere in a wacky town in some alien universe the Bus-a-Saurus, a cross between a dinosaur and a school bus, gobbles up the kids at the start of the school day and spews them back out at days end. Zany, zippy, rhyming text, that must be read aloud to appreciate the cadence, is filled with tongue-twisting syllables and hilarious imagery. Kids will readily join in the refrain and bellow out "C-R-E-E-E-K cringing' as he stops, S-Q-U-E-E-E-K unhingin' his chops." Wild, garish cartoons of the Bus-a-Saurus with its bulging eyes, reptilian tongue and cavernous gullet and the bug-eyed children with their odd shaped heads all add to the fun. It's bizarre, it's off -beat and it may not appeal to everyone, but any kid who has ever ridden a school bus will howl with delight and be-bop on his next bus ride. 2003, Bloomsbury Childrens Books, Ages 5 to 10.
—Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
Cheerfully bizarre illustrations and energetic but inconsistent rhymes tell of the monster "bus-a-saurus" as he proceeds around town picking up schoolchildren. One by one they walk up his tongue-steps and ride to school inside his mouth and throat, bouncing madly the whole way-as if there's no gravity in there-but emerging at school none the worse for wear. The careening road, almost a character itself, ripples and spirals up into the air; houses and trees, dwarfed by bus-a-saurus, also fly off the ground. The form of verse changes from page to page, with the rhyme and rhythm sometimes fluid but sometimes awkward. The watercolor paintings use pen-and-ink outlines for specificity and have a cartoon flavor. Not for the faint of heart, but perfect for readers with a taste for the offbeat and the playfully grotesque. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582348506
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 951,569
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.09 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Shore lives with her young family in metro Atlanta, Georgia. This is her first book.

Illustrator David Clark is the illustrator of Grumblebunny and is a cartoonist for newspapers such as the Washington Post. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Fun to Read

    My 5 year old son recently checked this out at the library and absolutely loved it! I read it to both of my sons (the other 3 years old) almost every night for the two weeks we had it. They laughed out loud every single time! I'm buying a copy for them to add to their own 'library.'

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