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Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.When The Wheels on the Bus, by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, broke onto the scene back in 1990, it created a sensation with its clever characters, sly subplots, luscious colors, and the incomparable flair of its moving parts. Almost a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doLibrarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.When The Wheels on the Bus, by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, broke onto the scene back in 1990, it created a sensation with its clever characters, sly subplots, luscious colors, and the incomparable flair of its moving parts. Almost a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doors that open and shut, and people who go bumpety-bump. Today it remains as fresh and engaging as when it was first published....

Title : The Wheels on the Bus
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ISBN : 9780525446446
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 16 Pages
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The Wheels on the Bus Reviews

  • Shirley Revill
    2019-01-23 00:18

    A brilliant book for younger children. Recommended.

  • Carmine
    2019-02-02 23:12

    I first read this in the 1990s when it came out, but appreciate it on a whole new level now.We were given this pop-up book as a gift and in the last week it has become my 17 month old daughters OBSESSION. I read Wheels on the bus at least 30 times this weekend. We keep it up on a high shelf because it is a more delicate book and she will stand in front of the shelf and yell, "Bus! Bus! Bus!" While I may be tiring of singing the song, I still love Zelinsky's illustrations. This maybe my favorite pop up book of all time because he doesn't try to wow you with any amazing pop-out paper architecture, the moving parts work in harmony with and compliment the illustrations. For example, the page where the babies on the bus cry 'wah! wah! wah!' there are only a few eye and mouth movements, but it creates the illusion of an animated panorama of wailing babies and distressed mothers in only a couple slight movements. Also, even the pull tabs for the moving parts are integrated in to the illustrations- one is a food, or when pulled it reveals additional text. The testament to the true strength of the illustrations is that the book stands up to marathon rereadings- 10 times, 20 times in a row and there is still something new to notice in the illustrations. endless subplots playing out only through the illustrations...the boy with the box of kittens, the musician with the guitar whose end destination is the city library, the orange scooter that tails the bus a while. Then the last page is a montage of smaller pop up scenes of the bus in the context of a map of the town we have just traveled through. Paul Zelinsky, you are a genius and deserve your Caldecott.

  • Megan Gallagher
    2019-01-26 22:23

    Title: The Wheels on the BusAuthor: Paul O. ZelinskyIllustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky Genre: Toy or moveable book (repeated/patterned phrase)Theme(s): Movement, People, Society, Singing, Sounds, Family, Bus and its their parts Opening line/sentence: The wheels on the bus go round and round.Brief Book Summary: This exciting, interactive story brings the reader through a bus ride. Each page introduces a new part of the bus along with a movement/sound that the bus does. Professional Recommendation/Review #1 (cut & paste):Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1990) Special kudos to paper-engineer Rodger Smith for his extraordinary (and sturdy!) animation of Zelinsky's lively, sophisticated yet accessible, delightfully detailed rendition of this preschool favorite--including a reprise that rivals a last burst of fireworks. Destined to be a classic. 1990, Dutton, $14.95. Starred Review. © 1990 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved. (PUBLISHER: Weston Woods Studios ([Norwalk CT]:), PUBLISHED: c2004.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2 (cut & paste):CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1990) The wheels on the bus go round and round...all over town." A delightfully inventive full-color picture book edition of a favorite contemporary action song contains durable pages with manipulative functions such as bus doors that open and close, windshield wipers which swish back and forth, abus driver who gestures "move on back" to his passengers, windows that go up and down, and riders who go bumpety-bump. Visual sub-plots in this sturdy, inviting book feature various passengers as well as a bus stop in front of thepublic library. A final double page spread cleverly recapitulates the bus trip and the verses. Theadult/child/infant passengers are from diverse racial backgrounds. CCBC categories: Picture Books. 1990, Dutton, 15 pages, $14.95. Ages 3-7. (PUBLISHER: Weston Woods Studios ([Norwalk CT]:), PUBLISHED: c2004.) Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both reviews discuss the illustrations, stating how they are lively, sophisticated, and colorful. They point out how sturdy the pages are, which is important for a children’s pop-up book to be, so it does not break/rip easily. It seems that both reviews were pleasantly happy with the story as well. Evaluation of Literary Elements: Perhaps the most important part of this book is the illustrations, they are bright and colorful and have added movement pieces. The plot itself is exciting and fun and provides a different type of story for young readers. The language used in this story is important because it provides a musical tone with sounds that the readers can make.Consideration of Instructional Application: This book is perfect for a preschool and kindergarten class. Musically students can sing along to the story as well as make motions that go along with the story. Children can also think of new things to sing about on the bus and create their own movement to go with it. This can be shared in a class discussion.

  • Autumn
    2019-01-31 18:26

    1. Awards received: This book has received the Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award and the Redbook Award.2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for preschool to grade 2.3. Summary: This book is based on the traditional song of “The Wheels on the Bus”. It is adapted and illustrated into an interactive book for young readers. Each page of the book introduces a new part of the bus along with the movement/sound that the bus does/makes. There are moveable parts, flaps, and wheels that spin that correspond with a part of the song. For instance on the page where the “wipers on the bus go swish swish swish”, there is a tab that when pulled, the wipers are able to convey that motion.4. I absolutely love this book. The brush illustrations and the colors used to paint them bring the song to life. The illustrations contain so much detail and have a storyline behind them. The song and adapted book took on another level of fun with the physically interactive parts of the book. Children will have fun learning about the different parts of a bus/automobile.5. Uses in the classroom:-The students can draw a diagram based on the parts of the bus.-The students compare/contrast a bus to another automobile.-The kids can draw themselves to be placed into the bus (used as a helper chart, an attendance tracker, etc.).

  • Renee Lynn
    2019-02-19 18:21

    1. Awards: A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Bratislava Biennale selection, Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award, ALA Notable Book, and a Redbook Award.2. Grade Level: Preschool to first grade 3. Summary: This song book demonstrates numerous people getting on the bus holding different things such as a guitar, a bird, a box, and bags. Pull-outs reveal different parts of the story. The song is about the bus going through town and at the end you can see the whole town. 4. Review: The pull outs allow children to see the story in a hands-on way while singing along to the book. This will keep children entertained and want to keep rereading the book. The illustrations are vibrantly colorful as well. 5. Possible In-Class Use: This book fosters children’s fine motor skills by using the tabs which is a great purpose in itself. Children can create their own bus on a large piece of cardboard or paper. They could then make a portrait of themselves and the teacher can laminate it and then put the children on the bus (in the windows). This builds classroom community. The bus could even be used as a job helper chart (since people in town have different jobs) or an attendance chart. This could also be an introduction to learning about their local community.

  • Nancy Kotkin
    2019-02-14 20:08

    Text: 3 starsArt & Design: 5 starsAn interactive pull-tab / lift-the-flap picture book. The text is taken from the old children's song "The Wheels on the Bus," so it's nothing new. But it's the design of this book that makes it special. Little hands can push and pull, open and close, and watch those effects come to life before their eyes. The book is very delicate though. My library's copy is kept behind the desk and doesn't circulate, yet the pages are damaged. I imagine that personal copies are beaten up even more quickly at home. Someone needs to invent a paper-like substance that is strong enough to withstand children's enthusiastic handling.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-07 16:30

    Loved the version with pull tabs or windows on each page that reveal the action of each verse. I sang it to my Grands. It wasn't possible for me to just read it. The music is on the back cover.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-26 23:11

    This was quite fun.

  • Homegrown Reader
    2019-01-31 18:09

    When I say that we read The Wheels on the Bus everyday, I am not exaggerating. EVERY SINGLE DAY. The binding has begun wearing out and has had to be reinforced because when we read it, it’s usually more than once. I thank the stars above though, that we have the Paul O. Zelinksy version because that is how I’ve kept my sanity.I would challenge anyone to find a better version of The Wheels on the Bus. There aren’t just flaps to lift on each page, oh no. There are wheels to turn, doors to open, riders to jostle, wipers to swish, buses to avoid as they drive off the page and into your heart. Ok, that last bit was a bit cheesy but you get the picture. Not only does this book redefine the “flap-book”genre but it introduces a separate subplot for almost each supporting character. So, if you happen to be reading the book for the 116th time (not that anyone’s counting) you can narrate your own story and maintain your healthy mental state.The surprising thing is, that most people I talk to, who have this book, usually haven’t noticed some of these delightful little tidbits on each page. We had The Wheels on the Bus when my sisters were young but I still noticed some new things when we got it as a present for Bug. It’s a bit pricey but I’d have to argue that it’s well worth it.Story Tips:Here are a few characters and “Easter eggs” to check out: - Motorcycle lady and her dog - Little boy carrying the box. Watch the contents carefully! - Man with the guitar. He’s usually on each page more than once. Can you figure out how? - Moms with babies. - Grocery lady - There’s a bull terrier that doesn’t need to take the bus; he teleports! Find him twice in his actual form on the first and second to last page and as a statue in front of the library. - There’s some bears driving vehicles on the last page. I have no idea why but I like how one even has a dog in the front seat of his van.

  • Theresa
    2019-01-27 16:29

    1. There was no award for this book.2. The appropriate grade level for this book is preschool to second grade.3. This engaging book has a bus going around town just like the song, "Wheels on the Bus." It has many tabs for the child to pull and flaps to lift. This book also gives a child an idea of possible sounds he or she can hear on the bus.4. This book would be very addicting to young children because of all the hand movements the child needs to pull the tabs and making the wheels go round and round. Indeed, all the moving-parts of the book express the action words on each page and they relate to what the words are saying.5. a) An in-class use would be to introduce and do a lesson about verbs/ action words. This would be a great resource because the moving-parts of the book are exactly what the verbs on each page are talking about.b) Another use can be a sing along for storytime because the movable flaps will keep the students entertained. Also, teaching the students the hand-motions of the song will keep them participating during class.c) This can also be a great template for a class book. Instead of a bus, it can be sounds in the class or in the school. Each student can write what he or she hears throughout the day.

  • Janna
    2019-02-18 16:08

    This is an interactive book filled with tabs to pull and flaps to lift for children to see movement in the pictures. The wheels turn round and round, the door opens and shuts, the windows go up and down, the wipers go swish back and forth, the babies look like they are crying, and so forth. The story comes alive when the pictures can move to show the action on each page. The shapes are generally drawn with rounded lines and not perfectly straight edges. This adds to the feeling of chaos on the bus. This book does not have a normal title page and copyright page. It uses the first end page and disguises the title information by putting it on a street sign in the picture and the copyright information I couldn’t even find for a long time because it blends in with the patch of grass on the bottom. Another feature of this book is a song that is included on the back cover.

  • Maggie Sideris
    2019-01-26 19:09

    Title: The Wheels on the BusGrade Level: Preschool-first gradeSummary: This book is about the song 1CThe Wheels on the Bus 1D. It is an interactive book with moving parts that goes through all the sounds that you may hear when riding the bus. Review: This is a great book for really young children because it has moving parts that interpret what the words are saying. I like how at the end of the book it has the actual song with the notes, so if a child knows how to play an instrument, they can then play it. It has great illustrations with some metallic colors that really draw the reader 19s eye.In Class Uses: 1. You can use this book to teach children about being aware of their surroundings and the sounds of the world. 2. You can read this book and then teach children how to read music,if you are a music teacher.

  • Andre
    2019-02-09 23:33

    The wheels on the bus go round and round, and in this book of movable parts they actually do...unless the bus is subject to a Godzillian attack from my 1-year-old daughter. In which case the wheels on the bus are torn from the axle and teethed upon with furious anger. Later Zelinsky errors when he says the Babies on the bus go Waah Waah Waah. it is my experience that it is the Mommies on the bus that go Waah Waah Waah. I am not sure if this was an oversight or artistic license on the part of Zelinsky. Perhaps he should spend more time on buses. Awesome artwork. Great book for kids old enough to resist destroying popup books.

  • Erin
    2019-01-19 21:36

    This is by far my 18-month-old son's current favorite. He carries it with him everywhere, and will grab any available adult by the pantleg in an attempt to get them to read it...AGAIN. My 3-year-old loves the book as well. He loves to sing the song and "read" to his little brother. It's such a fun book with a great song and fantastic (and pretty durable) moving parts.If you like the book, check out Scholastic's video version of the book (with the Bacon Brothers singing the song). It's a great DVD, and what originally led us to this book. :)

  • Marianne
    2019-02-16 16:10

    This is a pop up version of the classic children's song, and it's the cutest book ever! My favorite is the page with the crying babies and the shushing mammas. One of the Moms puts a binky in and out of the crying baby's mouth. This book will put a smile on parents' faces, not just the kids'. This is definitely a book to keep on the top shelf because you don't want the pop ups to get ruined. Also, I think this might be out of print, which would be a huge shame. I was able to find it used on amazon.

  • Camille
    2019-02-07 20:17

    This is a perfect lapsit sing-along book, but that's about all I'd use it for. The pictures are too detailed for a larger audience storytime and the movements made by pull tab thingees are just too small for a group to be able to see, sing and read-along at the same time. But its perfect just to sit with a child nearby or in your lap to laugh at all the funny faces and silly movements and how the words aren't just left-to-right/up-t-down, but all over the page.

  • Ryo Bruford
    2019-02-02 00:09

    I am pretty much obsessed with this book! I have had mommy read/sing this to me at least 5 times in a row every day. I love the different moveable actions on each page and have learned all about opposites from "in and out", "up and down", "open and close", and I also like to act out the parts like "round and round" and "Swish, swish, swish". Mom's not too happy I've torn some things apart, but she's going to buy this again for me because we both love it so much. :)

  • Katie O'brien
    2019-02-02 20:36

    This is such a classic children's book and I think every kid should read this book at least once. The interactive pages are so fun for kids and the rhyming sing-song tone of the book is very memorable. I still remembered the words to it before I re-read it again. This book can definitely be incorporated into a younger class because it is such a classic and kids like it so much. The interactive pictures engage children and keep them interested.

  • Children's Book Academy
    2019-02-18 20:09

    The Wheels on the Bus is an exceptionally creative book featuring a fun visual twist on a commonly known song. With clever pop-up art and small subplots hidden in the fantastically intricate illustrations, this is most definitely a book that can be enjoyed again and again. For a video review of this wonderful book, visit Mondays with Mandy or Mira.

  • Monica
    2019-01-23 00:08

    The Wheels on the Bus is an interactive children 19s song about a bus ride around town. Children are able to sing and do the hand gestures as they enjoy this timeless classic.The Wheels on the Bus adapted and illustrated by Paul Zelinsky is a magnificently beautiful picture book with large colorful pictures which children can be a part of by pulling tabs which makes the characters move.Grade Level: Pre-K-KindergartenClassroom uses: Art, Close of day song,

  • Jah H.
    2019-01-19 18:31

    My son loves this book so much we sometimes have to hide it to give my husband and me a few hours' (or days') break from reading it over and over and over again. I wish the moving parts were more sturdy -- a fantastic book, but I don't know if it will last long enough for a future child to read it. We have tape holding at least one part on nearly every page together.

  • Thomas
    2019-02-04 16:28

    A favorite for Thomas at two. For several months it was his first (second, third, fourth, fifth...) choice. One of the few pop-ups we've had which was able to withstand the abuse of multiple readings and eager little hands. Of course, it fell apart bit by bit but held up relatively well and was fun even when the moving parts broke.

  • Joy
    2019-02-02 00:21

    One of my all time favorite pop-up books. Paul Zelinshy is fabulous! I buy this book for all my children to read to their children. I can't even count how many times I've read this book. I read it again tonight to my 13 month old grandson. for a complete review see:

  • Dorothy
    2019-02-05 19:30

    This is my most favorite Wheels on the Bus book. I bought it for my friends and family when they had kids. It's interactive, the kids love it. Also this one has a side story to it. Got a little dog story on the pages you could miss if not paying attention with the first read of it. Also a little cat story too. Just an overall cute book of this famous song.

  • Kelly Fulcher
    2019-02-15 20:14

    I had to read this one again, since it is most definitely one of the most talked about stories in my house. I would always chant (sing?) along with whoever was reading. The pictures were great, and this book is ideal for beginning readers. This is one where the kids can "tell" the story just based on the pictures, one to use while they are trying to learn to read on their own.

  • Summer Galindo
    2019-02-12 22:22

    This is a pop-up book that is sure to intrigue young readers. The illustrations are comical and capture the facial expressions of the bus riders. The repetition of the words will easily hook young readers, allowing them to read it aloud to themselves, eventually. Since it is also a song, the book can be sung.

  • John
    2019-02-16 19:12

    This picture book is a lot like Barney the Purple Dinosaur - it is cute but one can get sick of it after about 100 reads. It is great for very young readers, and children seem to love it - so if you read it together once, you will be reading it again and again. I would highly recommend it for someone else's child (I have already had my time in this torture chamber).

  • Tanika
    2019-01-21 17:10

    This is an excellent and fun book for pre-k through first grade. You can sing the words and interact with the parts of the book that move. It’s very entertaining and will make a child want to read the story over and over again. They will see this book as a treat for them to read.

  • Vivian
    2019-02-07 22:09

    Children LOVE this book! Pull-tabs galore literally bring the comical actions to life. They might even forget to do the actions of this all-time favorite song, giving the book their complete attention.Action songs provide welcome relief between stories.

  • Jill Connors
    2019-02-01 17:10

    Publication: 1990Themes/subjects: bus rides, communityUsage: prek-1Choral reading, readers choice, dramatic play, students can write new lines of the songGenre: engineered bookchildhood favorite!