Reviews for Little School Bus


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 2002
Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. In a bouncy cumulative chant just made for reading aloud, a school bus with a uniformed lizard at the wheel picks up seven riders, including a "goat in his coat," a "quick, quick chick," and a "sleepy sheep," delivers them to school, and then later brings them home. Paparone's bright, sprightly illustrations feature plenty of cheery mugging out the windows and other amusing side business as the bus runs its daily route from suburbs to city and back. Children will immediately start chiming along at this irresistible invitation to "step right up and take a seat, / and ride the bus to school, to school, / and ride the bus to school." Even without the bells and whistles of Paul Zelinsky's pop-up classic, Wheels on the Bus (1990), this will take children on a verbal and visual ride that they'll want to repeat as often as possible. ((Reviewed August 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
Brightly colored paintings illustrate this rhyming text about a school bus and its animal passengers. Preschoolers will find lots of amusing details in the art: such as the ""sly, sly fox"" stealing the bright pink wig off of the ""pretty pig."" The refrain, ""riding the bus to school, to school, / riding the bus to school,"" keeps the cumulative tale moving along. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2002 June #1
Roth and Paparone (Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs, 1999, etc.) reveal a universal truth known to children, but oft-times forgotten by adults: the bus ride to school can be the best part of the day. As the peppy yellow bus zooms around town, it collects an unusual assortment of passengers. One by one, seven silly animals climb onboard. Roth's witty verses offer uproarious thumbnail sketches of the eclectic crowd, as "a pig in a wig," "a hairy bear," "a quick, quick chick," and others clamber onto the vehicle past the friendly reptilian driver. A pair of rhyming verses introduces each creature followed by a laundry-list review of all the previous passengers, culminating in the exuberant chant, "Riding the bus to school, to school, riding the bus to school." Once its merry charges are deposited at their destination, the bus patiently awaits the time to return them all back home. Paparone's vividly colored illustrations are a hilarious counterpart to the sprightly rhymes. Brimming with visual puns, her paintings are both realistic and humorous: from the antics of the passengers to mundane, yet slightly satirical, activities of the background characters peppering the landscape, she offers up a comical slice of life that is readily recognizable to young readers. An ebullient blend of singsong chants and giddy rhymes, this rollicking read-aloud tale is perfect to share with the youngest preschooler. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2002 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 May #2
For the team behind Ten Dirty Pigs, Ten Clean Pigs, a bright yellow school bus becomes the perfect vehicle for a catchy cumulative rhyme and a quirky cast of animal characters. With a natty green-scaled fellow behind the wheel, the bus travels through the rolling countryside and into the bustling, candy-colored town, picking up passengers who eventually include "a squirmy worm, a hairy bear, a quick, quick chick, a fox with socks, a pig in a wig, a goat in a coat, riding the bus to school, to school, riding the bus to school." Roth's singsong rhymes and refrain bounce with the rhythm of the ride and bring to mind a timeless schoolyard chant. Paparone adds comic spice to her radiant, illustrations with witty details that convey various subplots of her own: on the bus, the bespectacled chick works on a laptop while the rapscallion fox vamps in the wig he's pinched from the sleeping, glamour-puss pig; in the city, a cat works as a fishmonger and a bug zooms by the bus on a scooter. The classroom scene sets in motion the pairings to come on the ride home. Thanks to this well-matched duo, this is buoyant fun from pickup to drop-off. Ages 3-6. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2002 July
PreS-Gr 1-With a frog as the driver, a variety of animals trickles onto a school bus. First, "a little goat/wearing his new winter coat" appears; then, "A pig in a wig" gets on, and others follow until, finally, "a sleepy sheep" climbs aboard. At the end of the day, they return in reverse order for the ride home. Paparone's colorful, detailed illustrations, a bit murky in places, are laid out on double-page spreads, providing lots for little ones to marvel at, both on the bus and off. The vehicle weaves through suburban neighborhoods and into the city as animal residents carry out their daily chores. Children will shout out the identity of the animals as the rhyming text describes them, and then happily chime in on the repetitious refrain after each animal climbs onboard: "riding the bus to school, to school,/riding the bus to school." Great for preschool storytime, a back-to-school read-aloud, or just a fun story about animals.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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