The Bus Driver

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The Bus Driver is a clever counting book chronicling a typical day and route in a bus driver's life. Kids will love counting along from 1 to 10 as our bus driver picks up more and more passengers with different occupations from all walks of life?and then they can count down from 10 to 1 as the driver drops them off and winds down for the day.

Todd H. Doodler's engaging illustrations and rhyming text are right on the mark. Parents will enjoy reading and counting as much as ...

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Overview

The Bus Driver is a clever counting book chronicling a typical day and route in a bus driver's life. Kids will love counting along from 1 to 10 as our bus driver picks up more and more passengers with different occupations from all walks of life—and then they can count down from 10 to 1 as the driver drops them off and winds down for the day.

Todd H. Doodler's engaging illustrations and rhyming text are right on the mark. Parents will enjoy reading and counting as much as their children. Come on aboard and join the fun!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Doodler, the pen name for artist Todd Harris Goldman, counts from one to 10 and back again, as a bus fills up with passengers and then drops them off at their destinations. The characters’ arrivals and departures unfold in lively rhymes, though the meter is all over the place (“Around the corner, three fireman were out of luck,/ stranded with a broken truck./ He picked up four boys covered in dirt,/ then five basketball players wearing their team shirt”). The crisp, brightly colored digital cartoons are attention-getting, and the bus shape of the book, with wheels protruding from the bottom edge, is a nice touch. Up to age 4. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this bus-shaped board book, young readers are offered a lesson in counting from 1 to 10—and then counting back down again. It starts with one bus driver. He picks up two girls chatting on their cell phones, three firemen, four boys covered in dirt, five basketball players and so on until the bus is really full. Then he begins to drop them off at their various locations. The two girls are still talking on their cell phones (a bit of a sexist depiction in the eyes of this reviewer), the basketball players head for their arena and they are accompanied by another group of fans. It continues on from ten to one and then the bus is empty again. Our bus driver checks the aisles, making sure that everyone has gotten off the bus. This is just another addition to the pantheon of counting books and not anything really special. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
This bus-shaped board book lets little ones count up to 10 and count down again as various passengers get on and off. One bus driver starts his route, and a multicultural cast, including two girls, three firemen, four boys and five basketball players, boards his double-decker bus in turn. The number of passengers increases cumulatively, up to eight dogs (each of which is plagued by nine fleas) and 10 teachers, filling the bus to capacity at the book's midsection. Now the passengers exit the bus in reverse order, creating a countdown. The virtually unnecessary text is written in stiff rhymes that don't scan, but Doodler's highly saturated, graphic cartoons are appealing. Even though he only depicts "firemen" and male basketball players, his doctors, nurses and teachers are gender-diverse. The boarding and disembarking of passengers makes for a satisfying and clear counting experience for youngsters. While an imperfect ride, it may still entice toddlers to take a round trip. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307979070
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 22
  • Sales rank: 618,277
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

TODD H. DOODLER is the pen name for Todd H. Goldman, a well-known pop artist and founder of David & Goliath, a company that produces clothing and other merchandise that feature his designs. As a child, Todd dreamed of being a Russian figure skater. Unfortunately for Todd, he could not skate and was not Russian, so he decided to doodle instead. Though he faced discouragement from many, he was determined to turn his love of drawing into a career. Todd launched David & Goliath in 2000 to great success. Todd also sells his work as fine art. He  branched out into children's publishing in 2009 and is the author of Peas on Earth, Animal Soup, The Zoo I Drew, and the Bear in Underwear series. Todd lives in Los Angeles. 
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