LONGLIST REVIEW: All Aboard the London Bus

What a wonderful way to see all the London sights! Once aboard the bus, there are poems about the changing of the guard, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye...so many special places! At the back of the book, there are notes about each of the places the bus visits, giving a little bit of history.

'All Aboard the London Bus' contains an wonderful selection of poems in a range of styles. There is a 'Gallery of Haiku' for The British Museum which could inspire children to create their own haiku about objects that they have studied and also encourage them to find out more about each of the objects in the book. The 'Tate Modern' is told in rhyming couplets with a repeated 'That's art!' after each, making it great for reading aloud and performing as well as being an excellent way into discussing what makes art! 

The language chosen is rich and varied - and fun! Each poem offers something different, but they all offer a consistently high standard of writing. With learning poems by heart and performing poems on the curriculum, this book has some gems to choose from!

The poems are set into wonderful illustrations by Sam Usher which capture the vibrant life of London. I love the people scurrying through the rain at Piccadilly Circus (how many times have I done that?!) and the stage at the Globe- another of my favourite places! 

This is a gem of a book! I can't wait to share it with my class.

All Aboard the London Bus by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Sam Usher

Frances Lincoln     ISBN: 978-1847808578