All aboard the London bus

Patricia Toht, 1960-

Book - 2017

Invite readers to join a family of four on a sightseeing trip around London, including all of its landmarks like Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
London : Frances Lincoln Children's Books 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN
9781847808578
1847808573
Main Author
Patricia Toht, 1960- (author)
Other Authors
Sam Usher (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This cheerful large-format book invites children to join a girl, a boy, and their parents as they see the sights of London. Individual poems introduce the places they visit and reflect their experiences. In "Tumbling Thames," a line of verse appears along the river that winds through a bird's-eye view of the city. On the British Museum double-page spread, the haiku "Greek Vase" accompanies the depiction of an ancient urn: "Stuck inside this case, / barefoot runners in a race. / Never-ending chase." "The Tube" replicates the sounds and sensations of traveling on the Underground. Though the rhyming poems vary in length, meter, and tone, all are pithy, evocative, and enjoyable for reading aloud. Vivid and fresh, the ink-and-watercolor illustrations will engage children with action and lively details within scenes of the city's iconic places. Viewers will enjoy searching the pictures for the comical little raven that follows the family from one destination to the next. While travel guides for children are increasingly hard to find, here's a great option for introducing kids to London. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—As a family of four spend the day sightseeing in London, each stop of the double-decker bus introduces readers to a new sight, as well as those London absolutes such as rain and a midday pause for tea. Each bus stop is given two pages, and landmarks are indicated with labels reminiscent of street signs, which are painted at the top of the left-hand page. One or more poems highlight each stop, and a variety of poetic forms, including rhyming couplets, limericks, and haiku, as well as changes in poem placement, keep the text fresh. Striking watercolor illustrations in a mix of full-bleed images, vignettes, and spreads complement the poetry, expanding upon the text and creating flow and rhythm. Every few pages, the two work together to produce a particularly playful pairing, such as a shape poem, whose words create the Thames, and a seek-and-find rhyme at Trafalgar Square. Although some of the words may be challenging for newly independent readers, this is a story best shared with an adult. Further facts about each stop of the bus—including a paragraph on the ravens at the Tower of London, which will encourage readers to go back and explore the details of each illustration—are appended. VERDICT A fun family read for future tourists and armchair travelers.—Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University, SC Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Invites readers to join a family of four on a sightseeing trip around London, including such landmarks as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Come! Board the London Bus and see the London sights with us. At any time, hop off, explore! Then climb back on, and ride some more' As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht's witty treatment. Non-fiction facts provide more information about the poetry subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humour. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Come! Board the London Bus and see the London sights with us. At any time, hop off, explore! Then climb back on, and ride some more… As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht's witty treatment. Non-fiction facts provide more information about the poetry subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humour. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.