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LITTLE YELLOW BUS by Erin Guendelsberger


by Erin Guendelsberger ; illustrated by Suzie Mason

Pub Date: July 5th, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-72825-799-0
Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

A school bus is nervous for his first day of school.

Yellow’s wipers swish anxiously from side to side. Today is the very first time that Yellow will ever transport kids, but he’s not sure if he’s ready. He tries to stall by telling his parents that his tires feel a little low and his oil is a little stale. They reassure him that everything is in working order. But even more worries abound. What if a herd of elephants come charging toward him? What if he gets lost? What if the kids choose another bus over him? “The world can be scary sometimes, but more often it can be wonderful,” his mother reassures him. “What if something really good happens today?” Slowly, by taking one step at a time (starting his engine first), Yellow rolls onto the road, ready for school. There are no eyes perched comically on this protagonist; instead, Yellow’s mood is conveyed through subtle art decisions: wiper placement, a grill that seems to smile, and general stature. Mirroring children’s own first-day worries, Guendelsberger flips the point of view to a familiar back-to-school mainstay. This one will pair very well with Adam Rex’s School’s First Day of School (illustrated by Christian Robinson, 2016). The students are a diverse crowd. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Cleverly relatable.

(Picture book. 4-8)