It’s the first day of school! But is Busy Bus ready? Find out in this darling picture book that showcases the excitement and worries little ones experience as they prepare for their first day.
Today is the very first day of school! Busy Bus is excited, but he also has some first-day jitters. Will the children like him? Will he be homesick? What if he gets lost?! Luckily, bus driver Ben knows just what to do to make sure that the school year gets off to a great start.
About the Author
Jody Jensen Shaffer is an award-winning poet and the author of more than thirty-five books of fiction and nonfiction for children. Her books include Prudence the Part-Time Cow, which was chosen to represent Missouri at the National Book Festival in 2017 and has been nominated for the 2019–2020 Show Me Award; A Chip Off the Old Block; It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus!; It’s a Field Trip, Busy Bus!; and more. Jody’s poetry and fiction have been published in great children’s magazines like Highlights, Ladybug, and Clubhouse Jr. Jody lives in Liberty, Missouri, with her family. You can find Jody online at JodyJensenShaffer.com and on Twitter at @JodyWrites4Kids.
Claire Messer is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art. She works by hand, using traditional printmaking processes to create her picture books, which include the Busy Bus series by Jody Jensen Shaffer and her own Grumpy Pants. She lives in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This takes a fun twist at the first day of school, while very gently giving those who might be afraid to ride the bus, a little encouragement. Busy Bus is nervous and excited. Soon, it will be his first day to drive kids to school. Ben, the driver, makes sure everything is ready, but when the moment arrives to leave, suddenly Busy Bus is more anxious than anything else. Cute, short and easy to read, this book takes the first day of school from a 'young' bus' perspective. The first part of the book covers everything there is to know about a bus, while the driver, Ben, checks through things thoroughly. Young readers learn about all the things needed for a bus' safety—air pressure, fire extinguisher, emergency door, etc. About halfway through, the gears change, and Busy Bus becomes apprehensive about meeting the kids and actually driving to school the first time. First time school goers will sympathize immediately and watch as Busy Bus works his way through this fear. The illustrations are simple, bright and done with a playful, splatter effect. The details are kept light but just enough to draw in younger listeners. The text is great for preschoolers and plays along with the illustrations to create a fun read aloud. Those who love school buses and cars or are about to embark on their first day of preschool or kindergarten will enjoy this read. I received a complimentary copy and we enjoyed learning about the bus so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.