The Wheels on the Bus

Paul Zelinsky‘s rollicking, pop-up version of The Wheels on the Bus has been one of James’ favorites since he was six month old, and, more than two years on, he still loves it. (More amazing is that the book has not been totally destroyed.) In this edition, the doors really open and shut, the wipers really swish, and the driver gestures to “move on back” — or at least he will until an over-eager toddler rips off his arm. (Actually, our driver has survived, but the babies at the end have never recovered from being forcibly separated from their mothers.) If you like to sing or play music, the notes are printed on the back cover. Or you can listen to (and watch) an animated version on Zelinsky’s website here. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: the mechanicals are pretty good. Illustrations: five jelly jars (but this is another one to lock up if you want it to last through the night).

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~ by kaychubbuck on June 17, 2010.

3 Responses to “The Wheels on the Bus”

  1. […] It’s hard to believe this version of Rumpelstiltskin is by the same illustrator as The Wheels on the Bus. Here, Paul Zelinsky renders the classic tale with intricate illustrations that often mimic the style of medieval art […]

  2. […] Another Caldecott winner by Paul Zelinsky, creator of Rumpelstiltskin and The Wheels on the Bus, Rapunzel provides a vibrant retelling of the classic tale with illustrations that look like they were painted by Fra Angelico […]

  3. […] Zelinsky’s Wheels on the Bus is good, but Knick Knack Paddy Whack is better […]

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