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School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-K—The Bunny Bus rolls into town, picking up more and more friends. Yet as the bus gets more crowded, with a "hop, hop, stop!," it becomes overwhelmed with celebrants and must cease its ride. However, the passengers are undeterred and fix up the Bunny Bus and share the load, and the book ends with an Easter parade. The illustrations are adorable and playful. The Bunny Bus's face droops more and more as the weight on the vehicle increases, until the bus stops with a smudged and dirty frowning face that is simultaneously cute and induces an audible sigh of disappointment. The charming spirit of those riding the bus, who pitch in and share the burden, results in a heartwarming message. Paquette's rhyming, repeating text makes this a suitable read-aloud, with audience participation at the refrain of "hop, hop, stop!" VERDICT For libraries looking to diversify their holiday collections.—Kaitlin Malixi, Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/15/2016 Featuring cheerful, colorful art, rhyming text, cute animal characters, and an animated bunny-shaped bus, this upbeat Easter-themed read is a playful secular take on the holiday. The smiling bus is approaching, and, “Hop . . . Stop!” the little animals excitedly board, carrying baskets of Easter eggs. Soon the bus is almost full, but “Room for more? Of course! Pile on! / The bunny bus rolls on and on.” But alas, the squeezed-to-the-limit bus slows and, now sad-faced and droopy-eared, comes to a “Full stop. / No more hop.” Fortunately, the animals all pitch in to help, the bus perks up, and a festive Easter parade ensues, with a banner, balloons, and some former passengers happily helping by sharing the bus’ load. The detailed, Richard Scarry–like illustrations, incorporating varied textures and patterns, cartoonish touches, and springlike hues, have childlike charm and appeal, as do the brightly attired animal characters and expressive bus, perky ears, fluffy tail, and all. Playful details throughout and decorative endpapers with an embellished egglike motif add further flair to this entertaining celebration of the springtime holiday. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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