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We borrowed this book from the library a few weeks ago and as it is about to go back I thought I would tell you all about it.
The book is a good size about the height of A4 but a little bit wider which stops the tug o war as we are reading, the book has a RRP of £5.99 and can be found on Amazon. The author of the book is Sally Grindley and illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi.
The front cover of the book is very colourful and shows a big red bus with lots of animal passengers sat inside, the title of the book is in a speech bubble coming from a birds mouth and there is a dog and giraffe at the bottom of the cover with the giraffe stating the illustrators name. The pictures aren't the most realistic with the road and pavement being purple and the bus seeming to curve in the middle but the colours make it attractive to children.
The book is about a group of different animals Harry, Rose, Jack, Rafa and Dee who are going to the seaside on a big red bus, along the way the bus comes across a mechanic who fixes a puncture on the buses tyre, a combine harvester harvestin the seed, a tractor carrying bales of hay, a helicopter flying above them, a digger on a building site and a dumper truck stuck in the mud. Eventually they make it to the seaside where the friends all play on the beach and in the sea before it is time to board the bus again and return home, having had such a good day they are all asleep in no time.
The wording of the book is all written in rhyme which I always like as I think it sounds nicer and flows better as you read it. There are only a couple of lines to each page so it is not too long for very young children but it is also suitable for older children beginning to read to have a try of. On each page there are also speech bubbles from different people with extra text in them.
All the pictures take up the whole pages with the writing over the top of the picture, the pictures are very brightly coloured and the charcters are all basically drawn but look happy and friendly, the pictures don't seem to have any sharp edges to them even the cliffs look rounded somehow.
This book has been read a few times over the last few weeks, my 16 month old daughter seems to like it more than my 4 year old although as the book is thin paper pages it really isn't suitable for the youngest to try and look through herself which she likes to do. I think my youngest likes the pictures and we go through and point out all the different vehicles they come across. I would recommned this book but probably to a child in the middle of my two as I think it's a little old for one and a little too young for the other although she doers attempt to read the book back once I have read it to them.