Review: Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall

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Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall

Turn to the first page of this picture book and you will see people waiting at a bus stop.  Another page turn has them aboard the bus and only two words: “Red bus.” The next page has a red car join the red bus and readers will see two people dashing for the bus stop.  By the time the bus reaches its next stop, the page is filled not only with a yellow van, yellow car, the red car and the red bus, but the people running for the bus have dropped their teddy bear.  As the pages turn, the road gets more crowded with vehicles and it becomes all the more fun to figure out what the story is on the side of the road.  The only words in the book describe the colors of the vehicles and name the vehicles themselves, otherwise it is more of a wordless book as the complicated action takes place in pictures only. 

Steggall has created a picture book that really plays with the reader.  At first, I thought it was going to be a very simple color and vehicle book for toddlers, but it is something much more.  The intricate cut paper illustrations tell the story along the roadside, as each page turn moves the reader further down the road.  There is a wonderful sense of motion to the entire book.  The vehicles appear in patterns with colors and sorts of vehicles. 

This is a delight of a read, surprising in its depth and yet fully appropriate for the youngest reader who enjoys cars and trucks.  This is one to linger over and discuss, talking about the story that is told wordlessly, perfect for curling up with your special little one.  Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

4 thoughts on “Review: Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall

  1. Hello,
    I’ve just stumbled across your review and wanted to say thank you – this is my book and it’s lovely to read a post like this and find that someone has really appreciated and understood what I was trying to do.

    With very best wishes,

    Susan Steggall


    1. Sue,

      Thanks so much for posting. I read your book with my son and we reached the end and started all over again, so we could take the trip one more time.


      1. Ahhh, perfect. I have two boys but they are too old for my books now, so I don’t often get to enjoy them with real children – not curled up on the sofa one to one. I’m so glad you liked it.


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