Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc

I am pleased to share Marianne Dubuc‘s Bus Ride (2014, Kids Can Press) with you today. I loved this book because it is more complex than it looks.

Here’s part of the Kirkus review of the book: “Good for imagination and travel, this merry bus ride has glimmers of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ but is entirely itself.” I like that Dubuc takes some of the essence of Little Red Riding Hood but then really adapts it and changes it. This book could definitely be part of a lesson on preconceived notions of particular characters.

A little girl on her first bus ride gets a little more than she bargained for. Just when you think the wolf might play the role he plays in Little Red Riding Hood, something else happens. Luckily, the little girl reaches her destination (her grandmother’s house) with her little red sweater and her basket.

Here’s what I loved about the book:

  • Dubuc’s beautiful illustrations. Dubuc’s colored pencil drawings are just beautiful. I talk to my children’s literature students about using picture books to enhance children’s oral language fluency, and this book would be just perfect for this.
  • The book’s lay-out. The book’s lay-out is unique and takes on the shape of the bus itself.

Let me know what you think about The Bus Ride in the comments below!

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