The Bus is for Us by Michael Rosen

The Bus is for Us

Written by Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Gillian Tyler

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all fun. So too are the more imaginative thoughts of riding on a fish, sitting on a cloud or flying to the moon in a hot-air balloon. But, best of all is the bus! Just because - ‘the bus is for us!’ ~ Julia Eccleshare


The Bus is for Us by Michael Rosen

A lively, rhyming picture book about transport from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Small children take great delight in things that go - whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And best of all is taking the bus, because the bus is for everyone! Complemented by beautiful artwork from Gillian Tyler, this playful book will captivate little listeners and is perfect for reading aloud.


Find out in this charming book that combines a wonderful repeating rhyme pattern with some lovely illustrations. * The Book Bag * You can't beat a ride on a bus * Sunday Express * Beautifully illustrated . . . children can delight in their favourite mode of transport * Yours * Exuberant exploration of the joy of transport. * Metro * Rosen's finely honed verse, a paean to the collective fun of riding a bus, also captures children's delight at anything with wheels and different ways of getting about. From the straightforward realism of I really like to ride my bike or I like to float in a little boat to pleasing flights of fancy such as Sometimes I wish I could ride on a fish and If I was allowed I'd sit on a cloud , Tyler's softly coloured illustrations bring Rosen's words to life. The rousing refrain is perfect for all to join in. (2+) -- Julia Ecceshare * The Guardian * The book, like the bus, is for everyone. -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer * Gillian Tyler's illustrations are sweet and inclusive, adding a traditional tone and warmth to the offering. -- Books for Keeps * Books for Keeps * From all the opinions, the communal mode of transport is favoured and seems to set off on the end paper on its own magical journey. Tyler's illustrations bring Rosen's rhythmic rhymes to life. * The School Librarian * Deceptively simple, this book taps in perfectly to young children's interests, through fun rhyming text and soft, soothing illustrations. There is a great refrain for children to join in (`But the best is the bus. The bus is for us') and plenty to explore and discuss. * The Bookseller * Simple words, big pictures - any 2-3 year old would love it. * Newbury Weekly News *

About the Author

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London.

Join Michael Rosen as he attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest reading lesson at 10am on Tues. 15 July. Watch below.

Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:

Most of my adult life, I've been a freelance writer, teacher (of sorts), journalist, performer and broadcaster. I visit schools doing my one-man show, and support Arsenal Football Club.

I have often written about my life and family, but I also write occasional fantasy (usually based in a real place) and non-fiction.

Things you didn't know about Michael Rosen
I wear size 12 shoes.
I like speaking French.
I'm an atheist.
I love mobile phones.
I love houmous.
I can't live without green warty pickled gherkins.
I hate racism.
My father was American.
I can slide my top lip one way and my bottom lip the other.
I can play the harmonica.

Photo credit Laurence Cendroicz

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32 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th February 2015




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