Bus Driver

Bus Driver

by Nancy Poydar
     
 

Max loves Bus Driver. Finding the small forgotten toy on the street was a fantastic bit of luck. Now Max does almost everything with Bus Driver: he gives him a bath, shares his lunch with him, and lets him nap in his bed. But poor Bus Driver has a way of getting lost—first at the store, then in the park, and even at the library. It isn't until Max sees his

Overview

Max loves Bus Driver. Finding the small forgotten toy on the street was a fantastic bit of luck. Now Max does almost everything with Bus Driver: he gives him a bath, shares his lunch with him, and lets him nap in his bed. But poor Bus Driver has a way of getting lost—first at the store, then in the park, and even at the library. It isn't until Max sees his buddy's missing school bus that Bus Driver has a safe place of his own. This charming read-aloud about the joy of having a favorite toy is sure to find its way into preschoolers' hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jayme Derbyshire
Max is your typical little boy. He is constantly into everything and is easily preoccupied and distracted. One day while leaving his home, he finds a toy bus driver lying on the sidewalk. Max is immediately taken by the newfound toy. He quickly adopts the toy as his own and treats the bus driver as though he were a prized possession. He gives the bus driver a bath, feeds him, and takes him everywhere. However, as the lives of busy little boys often go, the bus driver is routinely misplaced by Max. Luckily with a little help from his mom, and a little help from his friends, Max always manages to find his beloved toy. Throughout the book misplacing the bus driver seems to become more and more commonplace until Max makes another lucky find...a school bus. With the finding of the school bus the bus driver finally gains a special place to call his own and establishes a place of belonging. Parents and children alike will be able to relate to this tale of the constant problem of lost and found toys. This is a cute story with good character development amongst the main characters, and even with the inanimate object of the bus driver. It is not as likeable as some other lost and found toy stories such as Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny; however, it is a good read nonetheless. Reviewer: Jayme Derbyshire
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Max finds a toy bus driver on the street and adopts it as a favorite plaything. Bus Driver goes everywhere with him, which leads to numerous hunts for the lost object. The story will be familiar to many children and includes a few humorous moments. After everyone at story hour searches the library, Max finds Bus Driver in his pocket. The illustrations, done in acrylics, include some fun details, like tomatoes from the produce section rolling into the cereal aisle as Max searches the grocery store. Unfortunately, some of the faces are strangely drawn, and nearly all seem to have the same expression. Both the text and illustrations are mildly amusing, but not exceptional. An acceptable choice for larger collections.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
Written for a slightly younger audience, this lacks the sparkle and story that mark Poydar's other books. When young Max finds a toy bus driver on the sidewalk, it immediately becomes his most beloved toy (there is no mention made of trying to track down the former owner). The two go everywhere together, which is a problem since Max can't seem to keep track of the tiny toy. The preschooler and his mommy seem to be searching for Bus Driver on almost every spread (finding him at the last minute each time), but readers don't get to do the same. Poydar's acrylic illustrations rob children of the chance to search for him, although he may be so small so as to preclude that--as it is, he is a speck in most spreads. Readers who pay attention to the copyright page may spot the bus driver bouncing out of a toy bus, grabbed by a young girl after the pair were left by the garbage with a "free" sign attached. In the end, Bus Driver is reunited with his bus, once again "free" and next to the trash can, waiting for the next lucky taker--Max. The thin story, lackluster text and the missed opportunity in the illustrations add up to make this one to skip--for tales of lost toys, stick with Karen Beaumont and David Catrow's Where's My T-R-U-C-K? (2011) or Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny books. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823424115
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Poydar's experiences as an elementary school teacher inspire and inform her reassuring picture books about children. Now a full-time author and artist, she lives with her husband in Wayland, Massachusetts.

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