Kirkus Reviews included in their "9 Great Back to School Book List"
Yo ho ho! It's the first day of kindergarten. Just imagine all the fun things to learn and experience! And who better than a pirate captain to drive the bus to school? He's ready to share all the rules one needs to know to ride the bus and to get along with mates at school. But with the anticipation of the first day of school there also comes a bit of anxiety. And it turns out that being a big, blustery pirate captain is no guarantee against feeling insecure and a little frightened in strange and uncomfortable situations. Who can help a rough and tough pirate captain get over his fears and back to driving the school bus? Using humor and pirate-speak, Kindergarrrten Bus addresses some of the concerns and anxiety that many children feel on their first day of school or at the start of any new undertaking.
|ATOS Reading Level||2.2|
|Guided Reading Level||L|
|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Available Formats||Hardcover (9781585363988), Paperback (9781534110472), PDF (9781534126374), Hosted ebook (9781534126503)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||11 x 9|
Publishers Weekly - Kindergarrrten Bus
Excerpt: With its over-the-top cartooning and abundance of crowd-pleasing “arrr” sounds, this clever comedy may be powerful enough to defuse the worry of an entire classroom of reluctant school-goers.
Kirkus Review - Kindergarrrten Bus
A pirate bus driver tells his new kindergarten charges to buck up and not be afraid, but then something happens that shows him to be a fraidy fraud.
On their first day of kindergarrrten, a rather unconventional bus driver greets six diverse kids whose fear (both of the new experience of going to school and of their driver) is more than evident. But the blatantly stereotypical (hook hand, peg leg, earring, hat, beard and mustache) pirate will have no blubbering on his bus: “Pirates don’t get scared!… / ’Cause we’re rrrough! And we’re tough! / And we ain’t got time for that fluffy stuff!” But when bumpy roads send his parrot flying out the window, the pirate’s “hornswogglin’ ” is revealed, and in a reversal, the children must convince the pirate that he can be brave and drive the bus even without Polly. An author’s note tells adults how to help anxious children faced with new experiences. Barry’s illustrations use fairly dark, somber hues to set the mood, and his fine-lined, scribbly style suits the pirate theme. The details will keep readers glued to the pages: Instead of stairs, the bus has a plank to walk, the windows are round like portholes, the steering wheel is that from a ship, and a jolly roger (the silhouette of a teddy bear head) flies from the roof.
X marks the school: “The treasure of all treasures!”
Author: Mike Ornstein
Mike Ornstein wishes he were still in kindergarten, but he had to grow up . . . sort of. He now lives in Westchester, New York, with his family. When he’s not working with children and adults in the mental health field, he enjoys coaching baseball and softball and laughing and being happy! He is also the author of The Daddy Longlegs Blues.
Illustrator: Kevin M. Barry
Kevin Barry has lived most of his life surrounded by fur balls, literal and metaphorical. Some of these feline friends curl up nightly at his feet. Others purr softly in his heart and memories. When not rescuing mouse-shaped toys from the depths of the couch, Kevin can be found at the drawing table or the white board, teaching kids about the many magical storytelling tools of writers and illustrators. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts. Visit Kevin at kevinbarryillustration.com.
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