Very Good. Signed by illustrator on title page. Pictorial hard cover, color illustrations, few bumps to cover edge, and shelf wear, text is clean and unmarked, binding is tight. Brick and mortar bookshop since 1975!
Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-21 In a thin story relayed through rhyme, debut author Shore reimagines a yellow school bus as a hungry, stiff-jointed creature. "Early in the mornin'/ when the sun is done a-snorin',/ the boppin' bus-a-saurus/ comes a-rippin' and a-roarin'./ .../ C-r-e-e-e-k/ cringin' as he stops,/ s-q-u-e-e-e-k/ unhingin' his chops." Clark (Grumblebunny) pictures the bus-a-saurus as a spiny-backed reptile with dark gold skin and protruding nostrils where its headlights should be. The bus holds a two-sided stop/bop traffic sign with its curled chameleon tail, and it gazes out of two red, stalky eyes. At each stop, it opens its gaping maw and extends a long forked tongue. Students climb aboard and bounce around in its whale-like belly, behind a benign bus driver. When school is done, the bus "always bumbles back/ for an afternooner snack," and ejects every passenger with an energetic belch. In Clark's full-to-bursting illustrations, which recall David Catrow's, the heavy creature moves so fast that pavement lifts off the ground like a loose ribbon. Yet the bus-a-saurus does nothing but travel, and readers could easily revolt against empty raps about "skippin'" and "zippin'." Shore's bus-as-beast conceit might amuse bored riders, but there's not much content beyond the gulping and the burping. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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