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The Bus Ride

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  408 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
"This is the first time I'm taking the bus by myself. Mom packed me a snack -- and had me bring my sweater in case I get cold."

But Mom likely didn't imagine the adventure her little girl would have as she rides to her grandmother's house in this sweet picture book. While the bus is taking her down the streets, through a forest and into a pitch-black tunnel, the little gir
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Kids Can Press (first published March 1st 2014)
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Hayley DeRoche
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
I was shocked that something promoting such "free-range" ideas (celebrating a child taking the public bus alone to grandma's house! sharing cookies with strangers! making a friend and telling them where you live so you can play later!") would be published here.

Then I saw this was originally published in France.

Well, that explains it.

It's charming and sweet and I like that this independent activity is not seen as scary. The little girl makes friends with a child her age, is polite to others, and
Shoa Khan
This was another picture book that has been translated from French.
A lil girl rides the bus to go to her grandmother's place, for the first time on her own. She meets an assortment of animal characters on the bus. The book was very strongly reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood! Somehow, I just kept bracing myself for sth terrible to happen (sply when the girl decides to share her cookies with a fellow passenger, that too a WOLF!), luckily that was not the case though!

There are some tiny details
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It did not affect my opinion in any way.

I wasn't a big fan of this book. While it is a sweet thought that a girl could ride the bus alone, and make friends with a stranger, these are ideas that could be potentially dangerous for a child in larger cities.

The artwork to me was like pencils and map colors -- the details were pretty, but the medium gave it a middle school vibe, rather than a professional illustrator. Some
Not Dubuc's best, but still her illustrations are whimsical and fun! The 3rd star is for them!
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Clara is going on an adventure. Her mother is allowing to go on the big bus all by herself for the very first time. She is going to visit her grandma. Her mom packs her snacks and advises her to take her sweater in case she gets cold. She safely escorts Clara onto the bus and once Clara enters what a delight awaits her. The bus is full of strange and interesting creatures that will keep her company and entertained until her journey to grandma's is complete.

As she settles herself and looks aroun
Amy Rae
The Bus Ride is most interesting to me as a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, one in which everything that happens is pleasant and nothing bad occurs. And if you want a book like that, I think this one is far more successful than Very Little Red Riding Hood; it takes the barest bones of the story (going to Grandmother's house) and transforms it rather than trying to get meta with the original story.

That said, it's the sort of book where not much happens, which may or may not do it for you, an
Bea  Charmed
A sweet and happy story about a little girl going on a trip by herlesf, and an adventure!, to see her grandmother. Traveling by herself on a bus she encounters wolves, hedgehogs (I think that's what they are), a ginormous bear, a sleepy sloth, a pick pocket and others. The artwork is soft colors and the pages are full of details such as a turtle that pulls its head inside its shell when it gets scared, a young hedgehog playing with a ball of yarn that a cat is knitting with, etc. Even if the sto ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written and Illustrated by Marianna Dubuc
2015; 40 Pages
Genre: children's, picture book

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)


I really enjoy this cute little story about a young girl taking the bus on her own for the first time. The story line was okay but it is the pictures that make this book. Along with the adorable pictures we see little nuggets like the newspaper changing headlines, the turtle going in and out of his shell and other little cha
Anna (BooksandBookends)
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a beautifully illustrated story which evocatively captured a young girl's travels to her grandma's house. In a similar fashion to Red Riding Hood, Dubuc has a greatly entertaining story with a comical wolf who has acquired a taste for the girl's biscuits! With all the adventures on her bus ride from her house to her grandma's, one thing is for sure - she will certainly have a story or
Susan Hall
Sep 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This story is about a young girl taking her first solo bus ride to grandmother's house. The illustrations are beautifully done including lots of detail. Overall scenes change from page groupings to page groupings, sometimes subtlety and sometimes obviously. The text however to me is a bit flat and the interactions of the young girl with her fellow passengers concerns me when most of us are telling our children not to talk or interact with strangers. Personally I was left with an uncomfortable fe ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

My 6 year old brother's favorite part was that the little girl wasn't scared to ride by herself. She was brave.
I think this sends a great message to kids who take the bus without any siblings, friends, or parents.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publishers

not terrible, but just seemed a little lack-luster to me...

my boy was excited to read the bus book, but unfortunately wasn't excited or entertained by the book itself.
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A modern version of Little Red Riding Hood with ho-hum text, but delightfully detailed illustrations.
Natalie  Sapkarov Harvey
I smiled the entire time I was reading this book. So lovely! :)
Carrie Gelson
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations. Love the connection to Little Read Riding Hood.
Amy Layton
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
A tale strongly reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, this French picture book unintentionally shares some of the culture that permeates throughout France--such as letting children ride the bus alone, sharing with strangers, and seeing the best in things first.  As this little child goes onto the bus, she's expecting safe passage to her grandmother's house.  She also makes friends with a wolf cub, and travels and shares with such joy.  It's a sweet tale of what can happen when everybody is kind ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book that celebrates a girl traveling by herself on a bus, to her grandma’s house. The illustrations are lovely as usual, the texture created with watercolor and colored pencil are easily accessible by kids at this age. The pallets that the author uses is charming, pastel like, not intensively saturated, yet still vibrating.

The plot of this books lacks. The book did not take enough space to extend and describe incidents in a plausible manner. Rather, incidents on the bus looks like ra
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Megan Marvel
The illustrations are lovely, but the story is mediocre. I kept thinking the woman reading behind the newspaper would turn out to be the little girl's mom who was carefully watching her to make sure she was OK on her own. Seems like a missed opportunity for humor or added story.
Eliot Reads
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many intricate details and cute animal passengers to look at as Clara takes the bus alone for the first time. I like how the newspaper headlines change in each picture as the trip progresses.
K. Komatsu
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Simple story, but so many things to see in the book. We notice something new each time we open it.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very soft and light. A little girl takes her first solo bus ride to see her grandma. This book is about her adventure.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really liked the art, but I feel like it would have been better without any words (or different words). The narrative was just a bit too odd for me.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the illustrations
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

I loved Marianne Dubuc's illustrations in The Lion and the Bird, so I was looking forward to pick up this latest picture book.

There is a gentle and approachable, somewhat unaffected nature to Dubuc's illustrative style and in her approach to storytelling. While The Lion and the Bird is a more sweet and poignant tale, The Bus Ride is a playful and somewhat offbeat story. It has been likened to a positive retelling of Little Red Riding Hood which I can absolutely see, though I think it's also a so
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little girl sets off on her first bus ride all by herself. Her mother packed her a snack and her sweater too. But this is not a normal bus, with its passengers of rabbits, a bear, a turtle, a mouse and a very sleepy sloth. Stop by stop, the bus picks up and drops off more and more animals. A family of wolves enters the bus at one point and the little girl shares her snack happily with the little wolf. The bus goes through a dark tunnel and everything gets mixed around in the dark, but things a ...more
Pop Bop
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Fun Is In the Details

There are lots of picture books that are very appealing and that bear repeated readings even if they offer the same experience each time they are read. There's a reason why some books are favorites. But this book is a bit more because while it is simple and understated it is loaded with details that allow each new reading to be different from the last.

Our heroine is taking her first bus ride alone; she's leaving her house to travel a few stops to visit grandmother. She's
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adults
A little girl named Clara sets off on her first bus ride all by herself. Her mother packed her a snack and her sweater too. But this is not a normal bus, with its passengers of rabbits in school uniforms, a big bear in blue boots, a turtle with a stick, a mouse and a very sleepy sloth. Stop by stop, the bus picks up and drops off more and more animals. A family of wolves enters the bus at one point and the little girl shares her snack happily with the little wolf. The bus goes through a dark tun ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Source: 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books List

Originally written in French, The Bus Ride takes readers on a journey with the main character as she rides on the city bus for the first time by herself from her home to her grandmother's house. The little girl is the only human on a bus full of animals. She carries with her a basket with a snack and a read sweater. The little girl with her belongings closely resembles "little red riding hood". The story is told through her inner thoughts an
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Bus Ride is sort of a modern twist on The Little Red Riding Hood. We step on to the bus prepared for our short journey with a red sweater and a basket, drive past a forest, encounter a thieving wolf and our final destination is none other than grandmas house! One of the things that stuck out to me about The Bus Ride was that it modeled good citizenship. Clara is given a flower by a fellow passenger, shares her cookies with a new friend and lastly, includes that stealing is wrong. The sweet t ...more
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Diplômée en design graphique à l'Université du Québec à Montréal, Marianne Dubuc est auteure et illustratrice. Elle a signé une demi-douzaine de livres jeunesse, notamment deux ouvrages publiés à la rentrée 2010, Devant ma maison et Un éléphant qui se balançait...
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