The bus buddies introduce the buses that help each of them do their job to take people wherever they need to go.
Discover a surprising assortment of buses used to take visitors on tours around the city, get commuters to and from their destinations, and entertain fans in big stadiums. The buses included are a road trolley, a mass transit bus, a tram, a double-decker bus, and a monster truck bus. Readers are asked if they know what each bus does and then the answer is revealed on the next page.
About the Finn’s Fun Trucks series: Written by teen truck enthusiast Finn Coyle, the Finn’s Fun Trucks series provides a vocabulary-rich introduction to transportation for truck-loving children with the help of a diverse range of vehicle operators and community helpers.
An overview of five different buses and what they do.
This lift-the-page board book describes a monster-truck bus, a double-decker bus, a mass transit bus, a tram, and a road trolley. Each driver introduces their bus; an image offers labeled details of various parts. Lifting the page flap reveals the vehicle’s purpose. For example, the mass transit bus is shown dropping people off at the Bean in Chicago with the explanation that it “picks up and drops off passengers on a planned route throughout the city.” The text and illustrations are accessible for young readers and include just enough information to satisfy curious kids without overwhelming them. One small quibble: The buses are described as “tak[ing] people where they need to go!” but monster-truck buses don’t actually transport people (they “compete and entertain fans”)—a slightly confusing inclusion. The illustrations are well done, showcasing drivers of different skin tones. Some of the busy cityscapes feature iconic places like Chicago and London, a possible jumping-off point for introducing readers to different locations.
Will delight little lovers of things with wheels.—Kirkus Reviews
Children explore five different buses in this brightly illustrated interactive book. Spreads reveal one of the buses with a sturdy full-page flap to lift to discover new vocabulary. Those who can read will find a clearly labeled diagram and learn about different parts of the bus. Questions throughout ask readers if they know what each bus does, creating opportunities for group or individual discussions. There are expected vehicles like a mass transit bus and a double-decker bus, but also unexpected ones like a monster truck school bus and a road trolley. The illustrations show diversity in the skin colors and genders of the bus drivers and in the different places in the world where these vehicles are found. This is the latest installment in the “Finn’s Fun Trucks” series and can stand alone, although children may ask for more entries after exploring this one. VERDICT Sure to be popular with transportation-loving children, and the flap feature is sure to keep even the youngest child engaged.—School Library Journal
Finn Coyle is a teen truck enthusiast! From his love of trucks came his series of books that explore the wide variety of machines and trucks that have always interested him. Finn loves meeting fans of his books and has enjoyed hosting book signings in his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee, where he lives with his family and his beloved dog, Jackson.
Srimalie Bassani lives and works in Mantova, Italy. Her mother has always encouraged her artistic expression, and she is the inspiration for her passion. Her work is full of surprises. She always tries to diversify her style based on every story she illustrates. It's almost impossible to remove her from her writing desk, where she keeps a stack of books and teacups of many colors.