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THE BABIES ON THE BUS by Karen Katz

THE BABIES ON THE BUS

By Karen Katz (Author) , Karen Katz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: July 19th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9011-6
Publisher: Henry Holt

A nursery-song staple is presented with lots of baby swagger.

Wheels turn round, doors open and close and wipers swish when a mob of energetic toddlers climbs aboard the bus in this energetic rendition of a classic preschool tune. There's an endearing energy in the busyness of the tots in tow. A little child turned driver serves not only as a willing participant as the youngsters explore their surroundings, but also attempts to corral the other babes, gleefully tooting the horn one moment and admonishing the group the next. The children’s sweet faces lead an angelic sing-along, then moods drastically change, resulting in tantrums until their napping brings welcome relief. (Even the driver forgoes attempts to soothe the boisterous group and curls up on the seat, cap slung across eyes in exhausted slumber.) Sunny mixed-media scenes capture the vehicle's enclosed space until a refreshing final spread exposes the gang’s exact location. Katz's signature style is in full form here; racially diverse, rounded characters wear patterned clothes, lovingly unpretentious in their soft, enthusiastic movements. Uncomplicated wording gives each verse its due, leaving no room for guessing in the buoyant conclusion. “The babies on the bus say, / ‘Bye-bye, bus!’ / Now it's time to go.”

A shame the trip has to end, but how about an encore? (Picture book. 1-4)