CBCA Picture Book of the Year Awards Winner 2012
A broken, old bus appears one morning, sad as a whale on a beach, right outside Stella's house. On the front of it, held up with packing tape, is a hand painted sign... "Heaven".
For Stella, this decrepit old vehicle is special -this bus is "ours" - a place for everyone to be together: hold meetings, play games and share stories. But one day, the bus is towed away and Stella must fight to save not just the bus, but everything the community has worked so hard to create.
About the author
Bob Graham has written and illustrated many acclaimed children’s picture books, including How to Heal a Broken Wing, Max, which won the 2000 Smarties Gold Medal, and Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child, which won the 2003 Kate Greenaway Medal. He has won the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award an unprecedented three times. He lives in Victoria, Australia.
It is the lovely communality of the story--an ever-presence that is elegantly, softly presented--that will grab young readers, simply because the school bus is just so cool. It's got birds nesting in the engine block, a Foosball table, music, all sorts of things going on and the usual joyful noise of people up to whatever it is they enjoy being up to. Aiding the mood of merriment are Graham's illustrations, with their sinewy black line work, delicate, peaches-and-cream colors and loving depiction of all kinds of people. The destination sign on the bus reads "Heaven," and just so, a little piece here on Earth.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In a story where every turn is possible, if improbable, Graham makes readers believe. High hopes and busy, vibrant artwork that mixes metaphor with true grit will entice children--and parents--into further rereadings.
--Booklist (starred review)
For Ages: 3 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 4
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 13th March 2012
Publisher: CANDLEWICK BOOKS
Dimensions (cm): 30.23 x 21.34 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.5