Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: The Itsy Bitsy School Bus by Jeffrey Burton, Illustrated by Sanja Rescek


THE ITSY BITSY
 SCHOOL BUS
by Jeffrey Burton
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek
Little Simon Books
July 3rd, 2018
Board Book
ages 0 and up


A fun and playful back-to-school twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

The itsy bitsy school bus was ready for the day.
Backpack was full with lunch and books, hooray!
Dropped off at school, it was time to learn and play,
The teacher said, “Hello, nice to meet you all today.”

The itsy bitsy school bus is ready for the first day of school! Whether it’s a first day to Pre-K or back-to-school, little ones are sure to love this classroom twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!


MY TIDBITS

School takes on a fun new twist as this cute little school bus heads into a quick, short classroom adventure.

The Itsy Bitsy School Bus is on his way to school, and he discovers that it's a lot of fun. Each page offers one rhymed line based on the classic, The Itsy Bitsy Spider. But unlike the spider, the school bus is a story with sheer joy and fun.

At sixteen pages, this is a short, quick read. It's stable and small enough for small fingers and to take a few hard bumps or spills. Each page holds a very bright and warm illustration, giving off an encouraging feeling as the school bus ventures through a day of school. It's cheery, cute and encouraging.

Each two-page spread offers one line which can fit into the tune of the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Only the last two lines are a little stumbley when trying to be sung and could use some practice first. But then, it might not be intended to sing along. Although considered a twist on the original classic rhyme, the adventures the school bus has have nothing in common with that of the spider's. Still, it's a cute story on its own, one kids are sure to enjoy.

The vocabulary is easy enough for even younger listeners to understand, and the school buses adventure is kept extremely simple. It's a sweet read which goes by quick. It catches attention and is great to flip through and just look at the illustrations. It simply a fun, cute, sweet read.


And here they are. . .

The Author...
Jeffrey Burton has written several books for children. He lives in New York City with his family.

The Illustrator...
Sanja Rescek studied graphic design at the Academy fo Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. She has illustrated more than one hundred books, which have been published in more than ten different languages. Sanja's illustrations have also been featured on cards for UNICEF.