The Bus Ride by Marianne DubucThe Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc

The Bus Ride

byMarianne DubucIllustratorMarianne Dubuc

Picture Books | March 1, 2015

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?This is the first time I'm taking the bus by myself. Mom packed me a snack --- and had me bring my sweater in case I get cold.? But Mom likely didn't imagine the adventure her little girl would have as she rides to her grandmother's house in this sweet picture book. While the bus is taking her down the streets, through a forest and into a pitch-black tunnel, the little girl encounters an assortment of animal characters who enliven her journey, including a goat who offers her a flower from a bouquet, a wolf child with whom she happily shares her cookies and a fox who attempts to pickpocket a beaver. Adding to the fun are lots of running visual gags, such as the changing headlines on the newspaper that hides one passenger's face, a sleeping sloth who mysteriously appears in different seats without ever having woken up and a nervous-looking turtle whose head and arms pop in and out of its shell.
The interior of the bus covers each two-page spread, and award-winning author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc uses subtle colors and tiny details to draw in youngsters to the activity happening there. This book offers a potentially multilayered classroom reading experience: there is the terrific main story of the girl's trip, but there are also any number of mini stories playing out at the same time with each of the other characters. It would work beautifully as a jumping-off point for children to do some imaginary storytelling of their own.
Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and The Bus Ride, which received the 2015 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Mari...
Title:The Bus RideFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.38 × 7.12 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2015Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771382090

ISBN - 13:9781771382090


Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad! Not Dubuc's best, but still her illustrations are whimsical and fun!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Clara is going on an adventure. Her mother is allowing to go on the big bus all by herself for the very first time. She is going to visit her grandma. Her mom packs her snacks and advises her to take her sweater in case she gets cold. She safely escorts Clara onto the bus and once Clara enters what a delight awaits her. The bus is full of strange and interesting creatures that will keep her company and entertained until her journey to grandma's is complete. As she settles herself and looks around she finds animals dressed in people clothes all busy doing what they love to do: knitting, reading the newspaper, and one even napping. The napper-guy is a sloth (my favourite character by the way) and although he changes positions and seats often, he never wakes up the whole time. Being an avid napper myself I could totally relate. Clara shares her snack with a small wolf and experiences going through a dark tunnel, which kind of gives her the willies. Why she even witnesses and intercepts a robby which turns the perp away from his crime and on his way. Clara is happy and safe throughout the entire ride. The bus takes her into the countryside and through the forest to her grandmother's house. The illustrations are done in soft, friendly colours which makes the book both charming and endearing to the reader. The book is designed in such a fashion that it mimics the shape of the bus itself and allows double-page spreads to be created. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-01-19

Editorial Reviews

... Dubuc packs every page of this finely crafted and intricately designed work with witty details.-Quill & Quire