Bus! Stop!

Bus! Stop! illus. by James Yang. 32p. Viking. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780425288771.
PreS-Gr 1—An orange-faced boy misses his bus but is rewarded with a parade of wacky vehicles that soon follow. A group of triangle-people wearing propeller beanies rise into the air to catch a bus on elevated wheels. "THAT is NOT my bus," the hero declares. He also forgoes the covered wagon that fills up with cowpokes, a boat loaded up with sailors, and a bouncy house truck that's enjoyed by balloon-shaped people. "Maybe I should have taken THAT bus." He finally hails a striped floating raft with an animal face whose passengers are varied. As they float away, the boy sees a girl rushing to catch the this bus—but she misses it, completing the circle. The long horizontal format enhances the quirkiness of the tale, which progresses from day to night, and includes a pair of bird cohorts to find on each spread.
VERDICT Humor suitable for all ages sets an example of how to think creatively while waiting. Yang's refreshing offering will appeal to anyone who has ever missed a bus.

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