Reviews for Boy on the Bus : A Sing-along Story Book

Booklist Reviews 2007 July #1
Dale transforms the familiar song "The Wheels on the Bus" into delightful wish fulfillment. A small boy drives a bus through an idyllic, spring countryside, picking up farmyard creatures until the vehicle is overflowing. Thin washes of vivid color show mostly realistically depicted animals and a jolly, confident, small driver. The words are altered just enough to make the verses seem new, while the original song's meter is maintained, ensuring that the new lines can be easily sung to the familiar tune. Teachers, librarians, and parents will all enjoy sharing this oversize picture book, which cries out for audience participation. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2007 June #1
Take the "Wheels on the Bus" tune, throw in a slew of extra verses, add pencil-and-watercolor illustrations and you have Dale's welcome reworking of the sometimes-too-familiar song. A young boy drives the big red vehicle, whose sign reads "SPECIAL," through the verdant countryside. Different animals board the bus one by one, and their sounds form the heart of most verses ("The ducks on the bus go "Quack! Quack! Quack!"). Once it looks like the bus can't get any more crowded, it pulls up to a huge and varied flock of sheep. Where can they ride? On the roof, of course. The boy helps them climb up, then drives out of sight, the bus surrounded by all the words for the animal sounds. Dale's soft-focus pictures are spot-on for her young audience, who'll love to sing along. (Picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 July

PreS-Gr 1-- This uninspired spin-off features a child driving a red bus through the fields, picking up various farm animals on his way. The pencil and watercolor pictures are pleasant enough, but follow the text exactly and add no surprises or additional information to the story. Children expecting to sing along will get bogged down at "The boy on the bus says…" because, unlike the traditional song, his instructions do not rhyme and they are not repeated three times. The book ends with a bus full of noisy animals driving around without any clear destination or purpose, except to take a ride. It all seems rather pointless. Lenny Hort's The Seals on the Bus (Holt, 2000) is far more inventive and humorous.--Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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