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The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler



The Bus is for Us! is a jubilant declaration byMichael Rosen, former British Children's Laureate and illustrated by the marvelous  Gillian Tyler. Anyone who has spent the day with a small child knows how much they love all forms of transportation. Rosen's rhyming text pays tribute to all kinds of rides, from a bike ride to a train ride to a sleigh ride - and even a ride on a fish, a kite, a cloud and a polar bear. But the refrain always repeats, "the bus is for us!"


Gillian Tyler's illustrations are absolutely charming and fill out Rosen's rhyme nicely. She begins the book with the cast of children lined up on the title page and they are as diverse as the various forms of transportation within. Her palette is gentle and warm, sometimes magical and cozy, sometimes zipping and zooming, whether on a bicycle or boat. Each illustration is filled with details like a teddy bear on the back of a bike and boys on the bus holding toy boats.


The Bus is for Us! is a book that you'll be asked to read over and over again and one that I'm sure will be recited whenever you're out and about.

Books written by Michael Rosen:

We're Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury


Bananas in My Ears, illustrated by Quentin Blake


Send for a Superhero! illustrated by Katharine McEwen




The Main Coon's Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers, illustrated by Lee White



Books illustrated by Gillian Tyler:


Hurry Down to Derry Fair, written by Dori Chaconas





Source: Review Copy



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