The Bus Ride

Marianne Dubuc
Marianne Dubuc

“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.

978-1-77138-209-0 | Mar 1, 2015
List Price: USD $15.95, CAD $16.95
4-color 11 x 6 3/4 40 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-436-0 | Sep 11, 2014
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Awards & Reviews

“Good for imagination and travel, this merry bus ride has glimmers of "Little Red Riding Hood" but is entirely itself.”
— Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review, December 2014
“... Dubuc packs every page of this finely crafted and intricately designed work with witty details.”
— Quill & Quire, January 2015
“... A deceptively eventful picture book ...”
— The Wall Street Journal, March 2015
“The illustrations are fantastic---in multiple meanings of the word: imaginary, improbable, whimsical, and superb.”
— School Library Journal, April 2015
“... full of visual interest and character, perfect for both viewers and readers.”
— Toronto Star, March 2015
“Kids need to have adventures. But a prerequisite for adventure is the need to put yourself, however slightly, at risk. That's what inspired Frida the most about this book.”
— The Globe and Mail, April 2015
“This is a story all about the journey itself, and it's a treat. Readers share in the girl's wonder at the sights she sees and creatures she meets on the bus.”
— Kirkus Reviews, April 2015
“This benign narrative enacted in gentle drawings with subdued hues and a bus-appropriate elongated landscape format will bear repeated re-readings and re-lookings.”
— The Horn Book Magazine, May 2015
“This unique book will be enjoyed again and again by readers ages 3 to 7.”
— The Calgary Herald, April 2015
“With small, telling visual details and evocative wordless spreads, DuBuc (“The Lion and the Bird,” “In Front of My House”) creates a singular mood of everyday enchantment.”
— The New York Times, May 2015
“The Bus Ride will help readers learn about independence and trying new things.”
— CM Magazine, June 2015
“The drawings are lovely and colourful, both delicately executed and full of bold intensity. Dubuc has managed to create a whole world inside the bus, a universe that we imagine existed in good old days ...”
— Montreal Review of Books, July 2015
2016 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2016 - The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, The Canadian Library Association, Runner-up
2015 - First & Best List, Toronto Public Library, Short-listed

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