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A jaunty spin on the song "The Wheels on the Bus," this delightfully silly sing-along, read-aloud picture book is sure to amuse youngsters and animal aficionados alike. Seals, of course, do not go round and round like their predecessors the wheels. They go "errp errp errp." The tiger on the bus goes "roar roar roar," and the geese go "honk honk honk." When the many rabbits on the bus go "up and down," complete mayhem erupts, as, by this time, the bus is filled with seals, rabbits, geese, and a tiger. What? Room for a monkey and vipers, too? Sheep, and even skunks? In the end, the people on the bus--crowded by the motley menagerie--go "help help help!" G. Brian Karas, illustrator of more than 50 children's books (Cinder-Elly, Good Knight), infuses winsome charm into his simple compositions, peppered with cut-up newspaper bits and salted with hilarity. A read-aloud must-have! (Baby to preschool) -- Karin Snelson

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PreSchool-Grade 2-In this send-up of the traditional activity song, an unsuspecting family of four is joined by seven successive sets of animals (seals, geese, rabbits, monkeys, vipers, sheep, and skunks) on their bus ride to a local fair. So instead of swishing with the wipers or beeping with the horn, children "hiss" with the vipers and "honk" with the geese, and the bus driver, who happens to be a tiger, goes "ROAR, ROAR, ROAR." Karas's mixed-media cartoon collages wonderfully convey Hort's hyperbole. Kids will love adding these zoological lyrics to the ever-expanding onomatopoeia of "The Wheels on the Bus."-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805059520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805059526
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute takeoff on an old favorite. My daughter loves having me sing it to her while she enjoys the colorful illustrations. This a fun book which allows lots of interaction for parents and children. It is a wonderful to introduce different animals and their sounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Long before illustrator G. Brian Karas captured the world's attention with his not-particularly-groundbreaking-but-still-interesting, "Muncha Muncha Muncha" he helped author Lenny Hort create a sweet little selection entitled, "The Seals On the Bus". Taking silliness to a whole new level, "Seals" replaces those tired old standby lines found in the song, "The Wheels On the Bus" and replaces them with a convoluted carnival of copious critters. It's silly, frenetic, and thoroughly enjoyable to the kiddies.

A small family of four wait patiently at a bus stop. The kids are unencumbered and their parents read their book and newspaper respectively. Once on the bus, however, everything goes higgledy-piggledy. First some seals come on board (accompanied by the text, "The seals on the bus go errp, errp, errp"). I've always thought that seals were prone to more arfing than errping, but that's just me I guess. Suddenly the seals' boisterous errps make the driver more than a little angry. The driver, to the surprise of his human passengers, is actually a tiger. So the text says, "The tiger on the bus goes roar, roar, roar". This is where things start picking up. Geese jump aboard the bus, with the appropriate geese sounds in tow. Next come rabbits. Then monkeys, then vipers, then sheep. In a way, it's the final skunks that push the grownups completely off the deep end. Fortunately, at this point the bus as ended at a fabulous party and the kids are more than happy to join in the fun.

Lenny Hort is the official author of this tale, and it's a funny enough concept I'll grant you. Still, it's Karas who brings the entire enterprise to full glorious life. I wasn't a particular fan of his work on "Muncha Muncha Muncha", I'll admit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on August 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book brings new fun to the kid-pleasing song, The Wheels on the Bus. In this version various animals board the bus with increasing chaotic results. Until, in the end, the people on the bus are crying, "help, help, help." The pictures are delightful. This is a great book to share - especially with children who already know and love the original song.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Watch out, this book is addictive. My 14 month old daughter insists that we read it when ever she sees the book. The book provides a fun take off on the traditional song. The illustrations are also amusing. Just be ready to sing the song over and over and....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By narrowback slacker on December 14, 2001
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I started reading to my son Owen when he was just a few months old, and this charming book was one of the first ones he reacted to. Now at 19 months, it's still his favorite. Colorful pictures, repetitive text, and the opportunity to use puppet-style hand gestures while you read make this a great interactive story for very young children. This book has earned its place, at least on our bookshelf, alongside classics like Bill Martin/Eric Carle's "Brown Bear, Brown Bear..."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Behan on September 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a throw off of the popular wheel on the bus song for young children. the words have been changed in that instead of a lot of humans you have various circus and land animals acting in crazy outlandish funny ways . Great gift idea!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Okapigirl on December 18, 2012
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My daughter got this at the library and then requested it many many times after we had returned it. We checked it out three times in a row and she still never tired of it. So now it is on her shelf. Well, by the couch where we read it almost every day. So fun! The illustrations are captivating and the animals are charming. My daughter was married to the original score until this book came along. Now she makes up her own versions and it is hilarious. Good times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the reader K on June 24, 2010
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This book was a huge hit at a baby shower. A nice change from the regular "Wheels on the bus". I would buy this book again for any child from infant to school age.
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