Bus Fuss is a strongly bound and brightly illustrated cumulative counting book. It begins: ‘One day, in a wide brown land girt by sea, a wide, brown wombat stopped a bus’. He appears beside an empty road in a bare Australian landscape wearing a shirt with purple flowers and blue and purple striped shorts. The bright red bus stops. Then we see the wombat head along the purple corridor and finally squeeze into one of the lime green seats at the back.
He is followed by two timid turtles, three playful platypuses, four dainty dingoes (with musical instruments and cases), five elderly echidnas, and so on, until ten Tasmanian tigers hop on the bus and all the others, including nine crazy kangaroos, are listed as they ‘hurry and scurry off’ the bus. The creatures, and their very tolerant bus driver, are drawn with humour and affection while the text offers interesting word combinations and descriptions. Adults and children reading this book will enjoy its rather rollicking rhythm and entertaining introduction to numbers. Reviewed by Elspeth Cameron: Reading Time - The Children's Book Council Of Australia
'Rhyming books are loved by parents and teachers alike for the beauty of the rhythm as they are read aloud. Tom Skinner has really nailed this rhyming verse story...and that is no easy task. The tempo of the text is spot on and it is a joy to read aloud.' Reviewed by Megan Daley, Junior School Teacher/Librarian, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School, Brisbane Voted Australia's Favourite School Library 2014 (Australian Library and Information Asscociation) Click Here for Megan's Top 10 Counting Books For Children
Years ago a delightfully cliched picture book about fitting in no matter what shape, creed or size you are, Round Fish Square Bowl by SA author Tom Skinner found its way onto our bookshelves. Skinner's bold confident style is back this time sandwiched between the covers of colourful, rhyming counting book, Bus Fuss.
Bus Fuss takes pre-schoolers on a joyful bus ride across our 'wide brown land' with 'one, wide brown wombat'. And what better way to see the country and meet a few intriguing Aussie characters along the way, including elderly echidnas, gorgeous galahs, and crazy kangaroos than via coach. The bus, however soon fills up, but there's no cause for any fuss, that is until the dingoes turn up. I could not get Priscilla out of my head at this point).
Bright cheerful illustrations, fun alliteration, and repeating rhyme creates a playful toe-tapping rhythm that little one will smile to hear again and again. Bus Fuss will fit happily into your pre-schooling learning repertoire with no quarrel whatsoever from that other number-counting wombat. Reviewed by Dimity Powell: Children's Author and Children's Book Reviewer