Perfect Picture Book Friday- Naughty Bus

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday . It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because of its unusual illustrations and great imagination story.

Naughty Bus

By Jan and Jerry Oke

46 pages – Ages 3+

Published by Little Knowall Publishing March 10, 2005

Theme/Topic – Using Your Imagination to Play

Opening and Synopsis – “This is for you. I hope you’re a good driver.”

When a little boy gets a toy double-decker bus as a gift, he uses his imagination to make the bus come to life. The little bus gets into all sorts of trouble -driving over the table, crashing through breakfast and falling in a lake. The toy bus is certainly naughty!

Why I liked this book – I first read about “Naughty Bus” on the “One Book On The Shelf” blog (see the original post HERE) . The blog post was an interview of the owner an independent bookstore in England called Victoria Park Books (visit their webite HERE). The store owner said that “Naughty Bus” was one of the store’s bestseller. I figured if it’s a bestseller in England, why not try it out (you can buy the book through Amazon sellers)? I am glad I did because I really enjoyed it! First of all, the illustrations are real photos and they are awesome! The photos were really funny and really amazing because of the action shots. The words are large print and should be a great read aloud and good for beginning readers. The fonts and the lay-out of the words made the book even more interesting! For an example look down below! 😉 See how the words get all bumpy when the bus is on a rough road?

This is one of my favorite illustrations in the book

Activities and Resources – I really like how the book encourages kids to use their imagination. Parents can have their kids take any ordinary object (not necessarily a toy), for example a spoon, and pretend it’s something else. Perhaps that spoon could be a magic fairy wand or a sleek, silver yacht. Parents could let their kids take pictures (or if the kids are too young the parents could take the pictures) of their favorite toy and use their imagination to make up stories about it. As an example, I did a photo of Godzilla “editing” my blog. Want to see? Check this out!

I was happy to learn that Jan Oke wrote another book called “Major Glad, Major Dizzy.” Ian Nolan did the photography for this book because sadly, Mr. Oke who created the awesome pictures in “Naughty Bus”, passed away. I already asked my mom to order me “Major Glad, Major Dizzy”. The description of the book said that the book will “entertainingly introduce the topic of recent British history.” To learn more about “Naughty Bus” and Ms. Oke’s other books, please visit the Little Knowall website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

*** I Announced the winner of the That Pup! illustration give-away!! Click HERE to see if you won!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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20 replies

  1. What a cool review and even cooler book. I loved “Naughty Bus” and will certainly look to see if I can get it. Will probably buy it through Amazon if local book stores do not have it. The pictures are really great and will be an ideal birthday book for one of my nephews. Thankyou so much Erik for introducing this one to me.

    • I can’t get the book from my local bookstore (that’s where I always go first). I am going to tell the owner about this book because I like it so much and maybe they can get it in. It really is a great book! Hey did you happen to notice who won the illustration?!? (click on the link) 😉

  2. Great review, Erik! You really took some time and effort on this one, and it shows. 🙂

  3. Anything with “Naughty Bus” in it is an immediate grabber of MY attention! What a great idea! This book sounds really fun and I’m so glad you’re adding it to the list. I think any book that encourages people to use their imagination is very valuable. Your description of the photography reminds me a little of the I Spy books – did you ever see those? They’re VERY fun! Thanks for sharing The Naughty Bus!

  4. Oh the photos look so fun. Thanks for sharing an example of the text and photos! I can see why this caught your attention. Looks like a fun one for children and adults.

  5. You are so good at reviewing, Erik! As an English girl I am very excited to see a picture book with a red double decker bus in. It looks really fun, thanks!

  6. What a delightful book! I love books that encourage kids to use their imaginations — this one sounds perfect. Thanks, Erik!

  7. Erik, I always look forward to your selections! Great choice. Sounds like kids can really use their imaginations, Liked your activity suggestions. I remember making an airplane out of a log as a kid and really believed I was flying.

  8. This book sounds really interesting! I will have to see if I can locate it on Amazon and add to my wish list. Thanks Erik! Another great review!

  9. The book’s title made me laugh even before I read the review! Hmmm, why is a bus naughty? It looks like a great book!

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