Synopsis from Penguin Young Readers:
Few words are needed in this inventive and fun transportation adventure!
“Bus! Stop!” a boy yells, as his bus pulls away one early morning. He must wait for the next bus. But the next one does NOT look like his bus at all. And neither does the next one, or the next. At first, the boy is annoyed. Then he is puzzled. Then intrigued. The other buses look much more interesting than his bus. Maybe he should try a different bus after all, and he’s glad he does!
Here is a book with few words and delightful illustrations that shows very young children that trying something a little different can be a lot of fun.
About: Bus! Stop! is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by James Yang. It was recently published on 3/13/18 by Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are children’s book, picture book, transportation, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 2 to 5, grades K and under. According to the publisher’s website, “Viking Children’s Books was founded in 1933 as a department of the prestigious Viking Press. In 1985, Viking won the Carey Thomas Award for creative publishing, the first children’s list to receive this award. Viking has been nominated twice for the LMP Award for Best Children’s list. Viking publishes approximately sixty titles per year, ranging from books for very young children such as board and lift-the-flap books to sophisticated fiction and nonfiction for teenagers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Bus! Stop! for my 6 years old son as a bedtime story on 3/30/18 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 3/31/18. This book is awesome! I love the many different fun transportations. I love that the cat moved from different buildings throughout the book! I just noticed that now while looking through the pages again for review. It’s a fun hide and seek for my son. My son likes transportations and this book provides different types of it. I like the different birds hanging out on the sidewalk throughout the day and night. My son likes the planet views at night.
In this book, readers will follow a boy running for the bus and yelling the bus to stop because he has just missed his ride. The page shows the end of the bus on the left page and him running for the bus on the right page. The background stays the same with tall buildings as he wait from morning until night for his next ride. At night there are lights shine through the windows on some buildings. As he waits for the next bus, a portion of the head of the next transportation appear on the page with the type of people that will ride the bus. If the next bus is a horse wagon then there will be people donning in cowboy hats and boots. If the next ride is a navy ship then there will be people wearing navy outfits walking to the bus stop. At last night time arrives and many different transportations passed by, he decided to aboard one even though he knows it’s not the type of bus he normally takes.
A well illustrated children’s book, I highly recommend this book for all kids. It promotes guessing and thinking what the next transportation will be when readers see a peak-a-boo of the bus and the people walking to the bus stop. I like how each bus is made for a certain group of passengers. My son likes the tall bus and kids with propellers on their head. They have to fly up to enter the bus. The boy realized that bus is not his because it’s too high for him to get on. My son likes it when after many different buses passed by and the boy still couldn’t get on and he bangs his head on the bus stop pole with frustrations. This book, though told with few words, it can be interpreted with much more. Readers could tell their own story by studying the illustrations.
Pro: illustrations, variety of characters, peek-a-boo, different types of transportations,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
James Yang’s prize-winning work has appeared in many magazines, including Graphis, Newsweek, Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author/illustrator of Joey and Jet, Joey and Jet in Space, and Puzzlehead. The designer of “Clockman,” a sculpture on display at the National Museum of American History, Mr. Yang and his wife live in New York City. http://www.jamesyang.com (Photo obtained from author’s website. Info and book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.