Reviews for Bus Stop
Booklist Reviews 2007 May #2
Best known for the Hunky Dory books and the Minerva Louise series, picture book writer and illustrator Stoeke here spotlights three young children who are getting ready for a common experience: taking a school bus, maybe for the first time. Each child prepares for the first day of school in a different way: "Miranda Cook / has a library book. / And she can't wait / to bring it / to the bus stop." Jackson prepares his rolling backpack, and Stevie picks an apple for the teacher. After bravely boarding the bus and waving goodbye to their parents, the children enjoy their school day but look forward to the return trip to their bus stop. Clean lines and flat colors make the artwork accessible, while the quiet cheerfulness of the characters' expressions and body language will help calm readers' fears about their own first school-bus-riding experiences. With short, rhythmic phrases and clean, simple artwork, this picture book accomplishes what it sets out to do.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
The experience of riding a school bus is presented in rhyme ("Jackson Bowles / has a backpack that rolls") with a repeated refrain: "And [he/she] can't wait / to bring it / to the bus stop." Stoeke is upbeat but honest: the children look forward even more to the ride home. Minimal text and detail-pared pictures suit this "first experience" book to very young readers. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 June #1
Stoeke offers a gentle introduction to one of life's portals in this plain-and-simple, rhymed picture book. Not every kid feels a rush of happy anticipation the first time the school bus folds back the doors to reveal its world-changing maw. But the pristine citizens of Stoeke's story have stifled any qualms and found ways to look forward to their inaugural rides to school. Their unwavering innocence is set to verse: "Miranda Cook / has a library book"; "Jackson Bowles / has a backpack that rolls." The book radiates a participatory peace of mind, making sure to shoot it through with generous applications of cheery color. It even allows for a touch of human longing--"School is great / but they just can't wait . . . "--that interweaves the sanctuary of the school bus and the security of home. Since any child who completes grades one through 12 will be hopping aboard the bus about 5,000 times during that period, it pays to launch the experience right. Stoeke, by giving it both a beginning and end and a sense of celebratory adventure, bevels the edge of this great transition. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 June #3
The creator of the Minerva Louise books pens a short, catchy ode to what is a monumental event for many a kindergartener: that first ride on the big, yellow school bus. Three eager, smiling youngsters are each shown getting something ready for their trip to the bus stop. (Even the driver is shown readying the new bus with a wash.) The jaunty, albeit somewhat forced, rhymes evoke the feel of kids skipping out the door. "Stevie Beecher/ has a present for the teacher. And he can't wait/ to bring it/ to the bus stop." The trio of pupils meets at the stop where a large bus--its golden-yellow hue filling most of the two-page spread--and its smiling driver await. "The bus looks/ awfully big and tall./ Each kid feels/ kind of scared and small." With only one spread depicting a cheery, busy classroom, most of the action is devoted to the journey there and back, reassuring even the most reticent riders that the bus will indeed return them to a parent's embrace. Bright colors impart a cheerful, upbeat tone and a small trim size creates an innocent, child-friendly feel. This confidence-instilling book invites repeated readings--young audiences surely will want to revisit the final scene of the students being swept up in parental hugs at the bus ride's end. Ages 3-up. (July) [Page 52]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 July
PreS-K-- The author of the humorous "Minerva Louis" books (Dutton) offers a gentle look at a first ride on a school bus. Soft pastel illustrations depict three kindergartners as they head to the neighborhood stop. The rhyming verses are simple and to the point; each student is depicted as unique, but possessing similar fears and anxieties. Their ride is presented as an exciting part of the day, and all three youngsters look forward to the return trip after school. The cartoon artwork is colorful and inviting, showing characters with sweetly delineated features. The repetitive text invites participation while portraying this rite of passage in an upbeat manner. This playful little gem can be used to introduce new experiences to children and is sure to be popular with those preparing for kindergarten.--Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA [Page 85]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.