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To my embarrassment, as I sit here now, I cannot recall the finer details of a long review which discussed A Bus Called Heaven in the recent edition of Magpies magazine – although I swear I did read it! – other than that it was positively received. Bob Graham’s talents are legendary (a children’s librarian once said to me she utterly adored him) and so I’m sure this is well worth a look.
A brief description from Walker Books:
A broken, old bus appears one morning, sad as a whale on a beach, right outside Stella’s house. On the front of it, held up with packing tape, is a hand painted sign… “Heaven”.
Blackwood’s illustrations really shine in this simple but powerful story about giving ourselves permission, no matter setting or place, to allow our imaginations be swept away to magical places by books.
Absolutely, without question, one of my favourite picture books of the year. My local librarian brought it up to me when it first came in and recommended I read it. I can see why. It’s smart and appeals to my sense of humour.
From Random House:
Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor – and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.
This is Riley’s favourite picture book at the moment. It’s a familiar tale for parents everywhere: a child wants a particular bedtime story told to them again and again and again and again. In this story, the child is a dragon and leaves a fiery surprise at the end.
This might be good for those children interested in geography and different environments or who prefer their books to be a little more interactive as this one has large fold-out panoramas and 400 (!) reusable stickers. I picked it up at my local bookstore and am thinking of getting it for the kids to share as it is rather lovely.
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I posted on that very subject yesterday. Great minds and all that…!
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I remember books!
Actually, my boy loves books already. You open one up, and you have his attention.
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“All Around the World” looks perfect for Heidi, she loves interactive books, although I worry she would tear the fold out pages. Worth a look though as she is a visual learner and this looks like a very visual book.
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