Kindergarrrten Bus

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.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Dewey E
Lexile 510L
ATOS Reading Level 2.2
Guided Reading Level L
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585363988), Paperback (9781534110472), PDF (9781534126374), Hosted ebook (9781534126503)
Copyright 2018
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

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!”

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Author: Mike Ornstein

Mike Ornstein lives in Westchester, New York, with his family and their dog, Norman. He is also the author of The Daddy Longlegs Blues and Kindergarrrten Bus. When he’s not writing children’s books . . . and nobody is looking . . . he’s catching snowflakes on his tongue!

Illustrator: Kevin M. Barry

Kevin M. Barry was eight years old when he found a monster living in his house. It was a slimy, grimy beast that lurked in a dark corner of the basement. When light shone on it, the monster looked suspiciously like an oil tank. TERRIFYING! When not designing fearsome fiends for picture books, Kevin is usually painting from nature or imparting the secrets of eerie art to the students of Pine Hill Elementary. Follow Kevin on Instagram @KevinBarryArt, and check out his other Sleeping Bear Press books, including Ghost Cat; Kindergarrrten Bus; and Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub.

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