Gus, the Dinosaur Bus by Julia Liu

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Though the illustrations are not really appealing to the eye and lack depth, they still do a wonderful job relaying to the reader the message of the story: It is wonderful to help others in need.
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Gus is a very large, very special green dinosaur—and he makes the perfect city schoolbus. Or does he? He causes traffic jams, gets tangled in telephone lines, knocks down traffic lights, and creates potholes with his big stomping feet. If the principal fires Gus from schoolbus duty, how will the thirty-ton dino find a new job?

Lynn’s wonderful, sketchy watercolor and pencil illustrations recall old classics, as does the pleasantly preposterous story of a dinosaur who just wants to be helpful.

 

About Julia Liu

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Julia Liu is the author of many children's picture books. Her work has been published in countries around the world, including China, Korea, Brazil, and the United States. Gus, the Dinosaur Bus is her first book with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Bei Lynn is an award-winning artist who has illustrated around 20 picture books for children, some of which she has also written. Her illustrations are mainly made of watercolor and pencil and have been published in numerous magazines. Her first book, To Be Fish, was published in 1999, and the China Times has selected her books for its Best Children's Book of the Year list several times.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on May 08 2013

The rough, watercolor-and-pencil artwork may just inspire readers to pick up art materials of their own, though it does make it difficult to make out details in the larger spreads...

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Renee Hand on Jul 09 2013

Though the illustrations are not really appealing to the eye and lack depth, they still do a wonderful job relaying to the reader the message of the story: It is wonderful to help others in need.

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