The Lion on the Bus by Gareth P. Jones – Book Review

The Lion on the Bus by Gareth P. Jones – Book Review

The Lion on the Bus by Gareth P. Jones

The Lion on the Bus

Author – Gareth P. Jones
Illustrator – Jeff Harter
Publisher – Farshore
Pages – 32
Released – 24th June 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1405294324
Format – paperback
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

Sing, roar and growl along with the animals, in this brilliantly bonkers twist on the classic Wheels on the Bus!

The wheels on the bus go round and round …
But who’s that getting on? OH, NO!
It’s a LION! And a PANTHER! And a CROCODILE!
This bus ride is about to get very wild – but is it really as scary as it seems?

A toothsome take on a much loved nursery rhyme – with an all-singing, all-dancing finale!

Review by Stacey

The Lion on the Bus is a rewording of the classic children’s song ‘The Wheels on the Bus’. This time instead of the wheels going round and round or the wipers going swish, swish, swish, we have a lion on the bus going rar, rar, rar. Followed by a panther, crocodile, and some wolves.

The story is a lot of fun and children and adults together can sing the amusing lyrics. I particularly liked the bus driver’s reaction to the animals being on his bus, and how the people passing him by think that he is waving at them rather than trying to tell them about the animals. The ending is amusing too.

This is a book I can see children asking to be read to them over and over again. It is illustrated beautifully with full-page, colourful illustrations that are humorous to look at. It will also make children giggle, keep them entertained, and have them blasting out their singing voices following the lyrics.

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Gareth P. Jones The Lion on the Bus

Gareth P. Jones is the author of the picture books The Lion on the Bus, The Dinosaurs are Having a Party! and Are You the Pirate Captain? He has penned a number of fiction titles for young readers, including The Dragon Detective Agency and Ninja Meerkats series, as well as The Considine Curse, winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Prize 2012.

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2 Responses

  1. Hazel DeMont says:

    This looks real cute. My grandson loves Wheels on the Bus so I think he would lap this one up. I have made a not to purchase him a copy on release day.