Review: Bus! Stop! by James Yang


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Published: 13 March 2018

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Category: Picture Book/Transport

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.

Rating:  3 Stars

Always on the look out for a good picture book to share with my son, I accepted this one to review because he’s been interested in vehicles lately. While the title of this book might lead you to believe that you’ll only see buses, there are such a variety that the art is never boring.

I’m not sure the book achieves what the summary says it set out to do. Trying new things can be fun and I’m sure the child in this book might have had fun, but there’s no indication of his experience on the bus he does eventually choose (which is not is). His getting on this bus by himself, after spending all day looking at the various bus-like vehicles that cross his path, was a bit worrisome because it seemed like a problem waiting to happen in some form or another.

The simplistic dialogue and the art work make the book a quick story for story or bedtime, though I’d hope that any person reading this to a young child would explain the bad idea that is getting into an unfamiliar vehicle by yourself late at night when you’re a child.






I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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