The Wheels on the Bus at Halloween

Doubleday. Jul. 2021. 24p. Tr $10.99. ISBN 9780593174883.
Toddler-PreS–While there’s no shortage of picture book versions of “The Wheels on the Bus,” Kieley’s seasonal spin on this perennial favorite is a sweet treat. This is a quick tale beginning with a community map and an invitation to climb aboard the Halloween Bus. Each spread features a friendly and familiar Halloween figure, including ghosts, candy, cats, and a cute coven of young witches. The presumably female witches are the only human characters in the book and are depicted with a wide range of skin tones and hair styles. The expressive illustrations set the mood for a cheerful evening with richly saturated colors and subtle textures. The text is a straightforward modification of “Wheels on the Bus” and works sung, chanted, or read aloud.
VERDICT A fun and a solid addition to seasonal shelves; purchase where Halloween books for the younger set are in high demand.–Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR

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