Reviews for Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
Whenever young Patty drives her big red bus, she has the most fantastic adventures in the city, in outer space, etc. While Patty describes her brave deeds, the illustrations depicting her fantasies show Patty's younger sister looking at her admiringly and quietly saving the day. The book is winning, and the subtext about Patty's sense of superiority to her sister is a hoot. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2005 March #1
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Self-absorbed big sister Patty drives and narrates, bossily directing little sister to stay inside and out of danger at each stop, while she charges off to fight a fire, join the clowns, and generally have all the fun. But the illustrations, which feature pop-eyed, smiling cartoon figures and big-sister-style labels ("funniest clown!" next to "not so funny clown" for instance) tell a different tale, as little sister silently dances atop a spouting whale, diverts an oncoming meteor, and, in clown makeup, hefts a big cream pie. In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks--but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 March
PreS-Gr 2-This is an imaginative story about a little girl who drives a big red bus to adventurous places, with her younger sister as copilot. They climb to the top of the tallest mountains and to the bottom of the deepest oceans, where Patty dives for sunken treasure ("I tell my sister to stay inside the bus where it's safe...."). Speeding in and out of city traffic, they race to a fire that she puts out ("I tell my sister to wait by the bus because she could get burned...."). Next it's on to the circus, where millions of clowns pile into the vehicle. Finally, the bus turns into a spaceship and the children soar to the moon, narrowly averting a giant space rock before returning home. Whimsical cartoons, mainly in shades of red and with goggle-eyed characters, illustrate this action-packed story. Good additional fun.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.