Reviews for I'm Your Bus

Booklist Reviews 2009 July #1
In short lines that read with the rhythm and bounce of a chant, a cheerful school bus describes its day, starting in the early morning when dozing buses wake while sweepers sweep and bakers bake. The digitally rendered pictures, composed of bold black outlines and bright colors, create a wholly endearing character in the yellow bus as it moves through each hour, dropping off kids at school, waiting patiently at the zoo during a field trip (giraffes lean over the fence to greet the idling vehicle), bringing children home, and finally settling in for a night's sleep under a crescent moon. Children will enjoy calling out the titular refrain, and they will connect immediately with the sunny vehicle, which is fully anthropomorphized, from the wide, expressive eyes that peer out from behind the front windows to the giant grin that makes up its front grill. Both energetic and reassuring, this is an excellent choice for young children facing their very first school-bus commute. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall
"Howdy, you can count on us. / Morning, evening, I'm your bus." A friendly school bus describes its routine, from daybreak to nightfall: "Night is falling. Watchmen guard. / Buses settled in the yard. / We had fun and we worked hard." Polenghi's bold and energetic thick black line lends personality to the smiling yellow buses. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 June #2
A cheery yellow school bus, grille grinning from headlight to headlight, introduces itself to the children it carries from home to school and back again in rhythmic, three-line stanzas: "Watch those backpacks coming through. / Have fun today. Learn something new. / Later I'll come back for you." Like any good bus, it works to remember the children's names, punctuating its narration with personal greetings and goodbyes. The verse form is just right for eager preschoolers to latch onto, and Polenghi's digital illustrations feature busy, colorful scenes with heavy, black outlines, the titular bus dominating every composition. As a first-day-of-school reassurance for newly minted kindergartners, for whom the school bus is an often anxiety-producing rite of passage, this one's top-notch. (Picture book. 4-6) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September

Gr 1-3--Rhyming text in the first and third person relates the daylong job of the big yellow vehicles as they head out into traffic, pick up passengers, drop them at school, provide transportation for trips, and deliver children back home at day's end. The repeated phrase "I'm your bus" injects a personal touch, as does the integration of children's names into the rhyme. Polenghi's digital media illustrations have bold colors and strong black lines, and his jovial anthropomorphizing of the oft-unheralded school bus brings a friendly demeanor to the pages. While there may not be a heavy child demand for books about these vehicles, they are a daily presence in children's lives whether in cities, suburbs, small towns, or rural areas, and this picture book may lift appreciation of them.--Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

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