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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
What bus crossed the ocean? Columbus! Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes by Sue Wickstead is a fun children's book that is loaded with lyrical stories, reinvigorated nursery rhymes, and playful jokes sure to entertain. In the spirit of Wickstead's bus theme, old favorite rhymes such as Little Bo Peep and Jack and Jill are written with new verses, and original songs and poems, such as Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus, are introduced. Peppered throughout are bus jokes that one can be certain readers will share with friends and family over and over again. At the end of the book, Wickstead shares the inspiration for the collection -- The real Daisy Daydream Bus, which was refashioned in 1987 to display nursery rhyme characters, with accompanying photographs of The Supersonic Bus to drive the story home. (Bad pun regretfully intended.)
Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes is set in the UK and the buses represented are the glorious classic double-deckers that the British Isles are renowned for. The illustrations are truly extraordinary and really bring the text to life. Illustrator 'Artful Doodlers' depicts each scene with bold, colorful, and wonderfully realistic portrayals to accompany the rhymes and stories. Page 23 in particular, which shows readers different bus colors, is delivered in brilliantly vivid detail, and the landscape, children, and costumes drawn for A Playbus Journey are extraordinary, enhancing this cute lyrical story Sue Wickstead has written on how to pass time on a road trip. Highly recommended for young children and the young at heart.