The Bus Is For Us (Hardcover)

By Michael Rosen, Gillian Tyler (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763669836, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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Renowned author Michael Rosen offers a quintessential book for young children who love things that go.

Small children take great delight in rides—whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. But best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone! Complemented by beautiful artwork from Gillian Tyler, this playful rhyming narrative by Michael Rosen will rev up little listeners to join right in.

About the Author

Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, and performer who has received many prestigious awards. His books include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; Bananas in My Ears and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, both illustrated by Quentin Blake; This Is Our House and I’m Number One, both illustrated by Bob Graham; Red Ted and the Lost Things, illustrated by Joel Stewart; Tiny Little Fly, illustrated by Kevin Waldron; and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry, illustrated by Chinlun Lee. A former British Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen lives in London.

Gillian Tyler has illustrated several books for children, including Hurry Down to Derry Fair by Dori Chaconas. She lives in England.

Praise For The Bus Is For Us

In pleasing little rhymes, this gem of a book pays tribute to all kinds of rides.
—The New York Times

Rosen's rhyming text has a relaxed, unforced feel, and his story is a nice mix of the practical and the fanciful. Tyler's warm watercolors add a dreamy layer of imagination to the story. A lovely treatment of a perennially popular topic.
—Kirkus Reviews

Nicely varied, the verse is well attuned to preschoolers’ interests, while Tyler’s large-scale, sweeping scenes offer details for kids to discover and enjoy. An enjoyable journey for the younger set.

The watercolor illustrations, done in pastel colors with round lines and swirly, dreamlike backgrounds, keep the scenes soft and inviting. This gentle but spirited ride is designed to please even the youngest listeners.
—School Library Journal