A summer day in Sunny Town begins innocuously as a fluffle of bunnies boards a bus, but it soon becomes apparent that this bus ride will be anything but tame. Blowing past other animals as they go about their daily business around Sunny Town, the bouncing bus causes pandemonium wherever it careens—”No wonder there’s a fuss about the bunnies on the bus!” The simple story line—energetic bunnies take a bus, and then a train—doesn’t do the actual story told by the illustrations justice. With something new to discover on each new read through, multiple storylines for the other inhabitants of Sunny Town—including the efforts of two bandit squirrels to evade the law— and numerous clever details (e.g. exercising hamsters running inside balls, an “Am I Driving Well?” bumper sticker, newspaper headlines, book covers, etc.) add humor and pizzazz to this reading experience. While, unfortunately, some of the rhyming and cadence trips up rather than off the tongue (particularly the ending rhyme of “train”/ “again”), this lively story still begs to be read again and again.
This is a fun book—tons of fun storylines going on in the illustrations, great energy. There are a few places where the rhyming and cadence trip you up, and the ending rhyme (or lack thereof—train/again) hurt the most, but it's quite a fun read aloud, and I enjoy it more each time I read it. My three year old loves it!
Ben was born in Leamington Spa in 1980, and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition. From there he went on to study animation at Surrey Institute of Art &amp;amp; Design, graduating in 2003.. He then gained valuable experience working on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” before moving to Brighton to work as ‘Head of Animation’ in a media company, focusing on Character and Background design. He was also part of the Animation team creating the BAFTA winning ‘Big and Small’ CBeebies website. Since 2008, Ben has been working as a Children’s Book Illustrator from his shared studio in Brighton and he also produces screen prints and digital artwork to exhibit. He illustrated ‘Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit’ which won the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book prize 2013.
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