A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Includes word repetition and lots of hidden jokes for children to find in the illustrations, creating an interactive experience. Also explores different environments, such as outer space.
Sometimes life veers off course and takes unexpected turns. It's important to use your voice and ask for what you need. Be silly and have fun!
Positive Role Models
Angelique and Cassius advocate for what they need and stand up for themselves.
Bursting with diverse characters, both human and nonhuman. This includes representations of children of different genders, races, and physical abilities.
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Violence & Scariness
The monster on the bus says "yum, yum, yum" while eating the bus driver, which is not depicted in the illustration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Josh Lieb's The Monster on the Bus is another fantastical and zany creation. The story turns the classic children's song The Wheels on the Bus on its head. Readers come along for a ride of unbelievable twists and turns while children make their way to school. From monsters to out-of-this-world encounters, you never know what you'll see on the next page. Themes of the book include expecting the unexpected, embracing fun, and advocating for yourself.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun and whimsical picture book for young readers. The Monster on the Bus puts a classic children's song in an unpredictable and hilarious story. Children will be mesmerized by all the hidden details illustrator Hannah Marks puts on each brightly colored page. The diverse cast of characters stands out as much as the unpredictable storyline. Fans of author Josh Lieb will not be disappointed by this crazy and lovable story.
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