Reviews for Next Stop!

Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 December 2000
Ages 2-5. Claire sits right at the front of the bus on Saturday and helps the driver. At each stop he calls out the name of the street, and she calls out what's special there: the museum, the library, the shopping mall, the ballpark. She also notices who gets on and off. Ellis stays true to the small child's viewpoint ("A baby gets on. The baby is in a stroller. The stroller is pushed by a Dad"), and Ohi's ink-and-watercolor pictures extend the words to capture vignettes that Claire glimpses on and off the bus. The pictures never get too busy for the young audience, who will recognize Claire's fascination with seeing strangers in a crowd and imagining each person's story, from the busy lady with a cell-phone to the boy with rainbow shoes. This is more than a situation; there's a simple plot and a surprise. Claire's mom gets on and kisses Claire and the driver: he's Claire's dad, and the next stop is home. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2001 January
PreS-Gr 1-Claire rides on a city bus all the way to the end of the line. Sitting up front, she helps the driver at every stop. After he announces the approaching street ("Next stop, Moss Road"), she chimes in with added information ("Museum"). At each stop, she observes (and sometimes interacts with) the people getting on and off, including "a woman with many bags," "a boy with rainbow shoes," and "five soccer players." When a woman gets on and gives both Claire and the bus driver a kiss, the relationship between the child and her driver dad becomes clear. The last stop, according to her father, is "Peter Gardens," but to Claire and her mom, it's "Home!" The repetitive pattern of the text suits the stop-start rhythm of a bus ride. Vivid color illustrations flesh out the story, bringing the on-bus activity and the busy street scenes to life. Detailed artwork highlights the variety of interests and activities of the riders whose lives briefly intersect with others on the bus. A pleasant companion to the many versions of "The Wheels on the Bus" and aneat step up from Lucy Cousins's simpler Maisy Drives the Bus (Candlewick, 2000).-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.