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I bought this board book version after reading it in the library with my toddler and falling in love with it! It's durable for a toddler and perfect size for her hands with no worries about ripping the pages. We love all the Karen Katz books and her trademark babies and colorful and fun illustrations. I've been teaching my daughter the original "Wheels on the Bus" song so this book was a perfect compliment to that and includes some of the original lyrics, such as "The Wheels on the Bus go round and round," "the doors on the bus go open and close," and "the wipers on the bus go swish swish swish," as well as unique lyrics like "the babies on the bus bounce bumpity bump" and "the babies on the bus sing la-la-la."
My favorite thing about this book is the interaction factor. As I sing each page to my daughter, I have her do hand motions for each page, such as opening and closing her hands for the doors, moving her hands side to side for the wipers, and bouncing her on my lap for when the babies bounce on the bus. It always makes her laugh as well as gets her involved with the story/song. It also teaches movement to a melody. We read this book every day and it never gets old! If your child loves "The Wheels on the Bus" he or she will love Karen Katz's version!
Absolutely FIVE stars. Between myself (the grandmother) and the parents, we have a number of "Wheels on the Bus" books and offshoots thereof. This one was an immediate hit and continues to be so. Some readers may miss the lift-up flaps which seem ubiquitous in Karen Katz books, but that feeling won't last--this book definitely does not need them. My18-month-old granddaughter loves the baby aspect of the book, especially when the babies sing la-la-la, cry, and "fall fast asleep." But even her 6-year-old brother wants to get in on the fun when it is read--I mean SUNG, because you have to sing it, of course. When he's around, I change the driver's "shush" of the crying babies to "The brothers on the bus go shush, shush, shush, etc." which delights him no end. The illustrations also rank among the best, in my opinion, of the Karen Katz books in terms of attention to detail. There is a lot of joy and laughter when we "read" this one!
Oh, man! This book encourages so much language, music, and gesturing fun! My daughter routinely pulls this favorite off the shelves every day, so I can sing it and she can gesture along with it! It's so much fun. I mean, let's face it. You can never go wrong with The Wheels on the Bus when it comes to singing and reading with any toddler. And here we take the toddler standard and turn it into an adventure with the cutest bouncing babies in town. Karen Katz is a huge favorite author in our house, and she has outdone herself with Babies on the Bus!
My 23 month old absolutely loves this book! We sing it and he asks me to read it over and over again. It’s got very cute illustrations and it’s a fun way to read and sing along. Of course you don’t have to sing but how could you not?
My 16 month old son loves this book. He laughs at the babies pictures. He looks at this book everyday! So glad they had this on board books. Borrowed it from local library and it was in paper, he almost ripped it.