The Wheels on the Bus

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School Library Journal
PreS-K—This version of a favorite children's song/action rhyme is a delightful romp through the African landscape. Wild animals of all kinds wait for the bus on the endpapers. Subsequently, each one has a verse as it roars, chomps, and chatters in turn while the bus drives on through the jungle. The text offers good possibilities for participation: the chameleon plays hide-and-seek, the hyena says "ha, ho, hee," and the bush babies go "snore, snore, snore," etc. The penultimate verse has all the animals saying, "Are we there yet?" as the giraffe driver delivers them to their water-hole destination where they all happily "Splish! Splash! Splosh!" The exuberant oil illustrations are beautifully bright and lush, done in tropical colors that provide a vivid backdrop for the bus and its passengers. Although several books are based on the song, this one should be a surefire winner, and it will certainly enliven storytimes. Not to be missed.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews

Cabrera continues to adapt nursery rhymes and children's songs (Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, 2010, etc.) into interactive picture books for the young preschool set, here taking on that beloved bus ride.

Similar to Lenny Hort's Seals on the Bus, illustrated by G. Brian Karas (2000), this treatment populates the bus with a menagerie of African animals ranging from the common lion and zebra to lesser-known flamingos and bush babies. Most animals make a trio of sounds, like the monkeys' "Chatter, chatter, chatter" or the hyena's "Ha, ho, hee," but on occasion there is action: The chameleon "plays Hide-and-seek." The tale ends as the giraffe driver delivers the wild riders to a watering hole with a satisfying "SPLISH! SPLASH! SPLOSH! All day long!" Readers will enjoy the journey Cabrera illustrates with her easily recognizable style—bright hues outlined in black, with a finger-paint–like texture.

Sure to be a lively addition to storytimes and one of those titles that are begged to be read aloud again and again. (Picture book. 2-4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423507
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,905
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Highly recommend

    My 2 yr old loves this spin on the classic song. We read it everyday, multiple times a day!

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