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Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus
ISBN: 9781328500175
Author: Grandits, John/ Austin, Michael Allen (ILT)
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: October 2018
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Before Kyle rides a school bus for the first time, his older brother gives him a list of rules he must follow but after breaking every single one the first day, Kyle discovers the rule his brother left out.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Library of Congress Subjects:
School buses; Fiction.
Rules (Philosophy); Fiction.
First day of school; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018188726
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.50" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Picture Books, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Kyle's older brother gives him ten rules to endure the school bus ride (e.g., "Never make eye contact"). It turns out Kyle does just fine by (inadvertently) disobeying them. This spunky tale of self-reliance can be a little wordy. Austin's quasi-realistic, semi-grotesque style shows the theoretical bullies as ferocious beasts while the human characters have rubbery, blue-tinged faces.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Kyle is nervous about his first bus ride, but his older brother claims to know the secret rules for school bus survival. Maybe Kyle is braver than big brother thinks, and perhaps the bus isn't quite so treacherous after all. Imaginative (and overly creepy) illustrations bring Kyle's anxieties to life as he pictures the riders/creatures waiting to prey on him. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #4)

Though his hair recalls Conan O'Brien, first-time school bus rider Kyle's anxiety-ridden narration is straight out of A Christmas Story. Kyle is scared to ride the bus and is relying on his brother's rules for survival. Playing up Kyle's reference to a TV nature show, Austin's faux-menacing acrylics imbue the riders and setting with animalistic qualities. Kyle (who briefly becomes a zebra among lions) breaks several rules, talking both to a bully (a grizzly bear) and to a girl. But by day's end, Kyle has developed a rule of his own: sometimes it's good to take a sibling's advice with a grain of salt. Ages 5–8. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 July)

Gr 1–4—Nervous to ride the bus on the first day of school, Kyle is armed with his older brother's survival rules: never sit in the first row or the last row, never make yourself stand out, never make eye contact, never touch anyone's stuff, never talk to big kids or to girls, never mess with the bully or the bus driver, and never be the last one on the bus. Following his brother's instructions is a lot harder than he thought and poor Kyle ends up breaking every rule. But, to his surprise he doesn't get laughed at, yelled at, pushed around or pounded, and the big kids don't steal his lunch, his money, or his football card collection. Instead, he makes a new friend, bonds with the bully, and convinces the driver to drop the kids off across the street away from the scary dog. The large, full-page acrylic illustrations constantly shift perspectives and points of view, adding energy, vivacity, and animation. Readers also gain insight into Kyle's wild imagination as he pictures himself as a zebra at a lion party and envisions the big kids as grizzly bears, the girls as mean snakes, and the bus driver as a vulture. Seasoned bus riders, and anyone who has been misguided by an older sibling's advice, will certainly enjoy this outrageously humorous, well-told story. However, youngsters nervous about riding the bus might want to wait until after they have overcome their fears to read it.—Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL

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