Thursday, April 20, 2017

All Aboard the London Bus - a bookwrap

Let' go....... London in rhyme, what could better? Come take the tour with us.  We would love your company.


"All Aboard the London Bus" 

Authored by Patricia Toht
Illustrations by Sam Usher
Ages 5+

Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you in random order...

Unwrapping a taste of the book...


A bracelet that hangs off the arm of the Thames, its pods, filled with people, all dangle like gems. 
The glass capsules glimmer and coloured lights burn, 
splintering sparkles with every turn. 

A Bell Named Ben

At rest inside the golden tower, 
a giant bell awaits the hour.
Tick-TOCK, tick-TOCK. The clock marks time.
Ding-DONG, ding-DONG. The small bells chime.  
Then, at the hour, a hammer pounds.
The bell lets loose with wondrous sounds
that ring and echo, loud and long.
The song of Big Ben -



About the book...

Want to take your child to London, England without actually going to London, England?  This sweet rhyming book is full of educational fun facts regarding the capital city.  A family of four decide to take the classic double-decker bus tour and see all the sights and sounds that the bustling city has to offer.  

This book touts 40 amazing poems and is fabulously illustrated by Sam Usher.  The illustrations capture the history of the city and the excitement and joy of a day in London. The tour is narrated by fun, kid-friendly poems that point out landmarks such as the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, and on and on!  The author includes London staples such as tea time, suprising rain showers and the famous tube to get you around the city.

The book is an unveiling and celebration of what London has to offer a tourist and I love the elaboration of the sites that the author has listed at the end of book: 

"Find out more about London!"

"Big Ben"
When people say "Big Ben" they usually mean the clock and tower on the end of the Houses of Parliament.  But Big Ben is actually a nickname for the tower's largest bell.  It is 2.2 meters (7&1/2 feet) tall and 2.7 metres (9 feet) wide and weight 13 tonnes.  Some say it was named after a beefy boxer; others say a chubby politician.  Couting out the hours Big Ben rings 156 times each day. That's a lot of bonging! "

This book is perfect for those planning a trip to London or just want to learn more about this incredible city.  I highly recommend it. 

About the author...

Patricia Toht once owned a children's bookstore, Never Never Land. Her favourite moments were connecting readers with the perfect book. After seven wonderful years (and stiff mega-bookstore competition), she shuttered the doors and turned her interest to writing. She has authored Daily Life In Ancient And Modern Moscow (Runestone Press) and has contributed fiction, nonfiction and poetry to numerous children's magazines. Her poetry also appears in the sports anthology, AndThe Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering Of Sports Poems (Friesen Press). She currently lives in the Chicago area.

About the illustrator...

Sam Usher spent most of his childhood reading, drawing and forgetting to do his schoolwork. His debut picture book, Can You See Sassoon?, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Red House Award. He has since written and illustrated We are Not Frogs by Michael Morpurgo (Barrington Stoke), Refuge by Anne Booth (Nosy Crow) and two of his own stories: Snow and Rain (Templar Publishing). He lives in London, where he enjoys trespassing and playing the piano.

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