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The Wheels on the Bus

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When The Wheels on the Bus, by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, broke onto the scene back in 1990, it created a sensation with its clever characters, sly subplots, luscious colors, and the incomparable flair of its moving parts. Almost a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doors that open and shut, and people who go bumpety-bump. Today it remains as fresh and engaging as when it was first published.

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Overview

When The Wheels on the Bus, by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, broke onto the scene back in 1990, it created a sensation with its clever characters, sly subplots, luscious colors, and the incomparable flair of its moving parts. Almost a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doors that open and shut, and people who go bumpety-bump. Today it remains as fresh and engaging as when it was first published.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an ingeniously designed, deftly executed lift-the-flap (and pull-the-tab) book, Zelinsky elaborates on the well-known and much-loved children's song. Not only do its wheels go round and round, but the bus here also has doors that open and shut, windshield wipers that move back and forth, and so on. The text consists of the lyrics of the song itself, but Zelinsky has neatly inserted a number of visual subplots that flesh out the story--one involving a boy with a boxful of adventurous kittens, another a motorcyclist and her runaway puppy, a third a young man with a guitar. The music and refrain are included on the back cover, and those unfamiliar with the song may well want to bone up in order to sing the book's praises to the most appropriate tune. Ages 2-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
The wheels on the bus literally go 'round in this brilliantly designed and produced pop-up edition of the familiar participation song. The realistic special effects use pull-tabs plus a few lifted flaps; doors open and close, wipers swish, babies comically ``WAAAH!,'' and mothers ``Shh!'' as the bus bounces its way ``all over town,'' arriving at last at the Overtown Public Library in time for a musical program. A compressed, undulating perspective and swirling colors animate each vigorously busy scene. Figures are rendered with slightly exaggerated but individual gestures and expressions, and there's plenty of detail and byplay for readers to pick out. The song, with its repeated but contained gestures, is a perfect choice for a pop-up, for the art and engineering are woven together seamlessly, and the book will lose little of its appeal after the moving parts have run their race. Music is included on the back cover. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525446446
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 22,380
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul O. Zelinsky is one of the most original and celebrated children's book illustrators at work today.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    Very Durable

    I wholeheartedly Agree with everyone else's comments about this book, but I also wanted to add for anyone who is concerned that this book is very durable. I didn't think it would last, but it has!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    One of the best on our bookshelf!

    Delightful for a child of any age but especially in the 2-3 year range! We love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    A Classic Favorite for the Whole Family!

    This wonderfully illustrated, pop-up version of this great traditional song, has been a favorite of both of our children. They enjoy the interaction with the book, while they sing the song.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2010

    LOVE IT!

    we gave this to my son at 2yrs old and he loved it a little too much!! We are about to order copy #2 as part of his "new big brother" gift.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    Great Way to Get Excited About the Bus

    This was a great book to get my godson excited to ride the bus.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    The Wheels on the Bus

    We bought this book for our 2 year old daughter and she loves spinning the wheels and playing with the other movable parts of the book. She loves to sing the wheels on the bus song as we play and read the book. Expensive but worth it.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    Wheels on the Bus

    I purchased this book for my 18 month old granddaughter because a friend had passed on an older, very worn copy of it to us. She loved it, but many of the moving parts were torn or missing, and I wanted her to experience it fresh & new. She loves it! She has learned to be gentle with it now, and delights in making the wipers work, the wheels roll, the windows slide, shush the babies, etc. But the illustrations are so rich in detail that studying each page is delightful too. And of course, the song is so engaging that it keeps being asked for "again" many times over. Great gift, but the moving parts require a bit of gentleness.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Great Fun Book!

    My boys both love this book! They have such a great time opening and closing the doors & windows - and playing with all of the other moving parts!!
    We do have to watch them witht the book so they don't rip it, but it holds up well even with a nutty 2.5 year old! Great book!!

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