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It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!

Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer & illustrated by Claire Messer
Published by Beach Lane Books
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Today is Busy Bus’s very first field trip! He takes the children to a fire house, where they meet Engine Four, a big, shiny, red firetruck. Engine Four has a hose to put out fires, a ladder to reach tall buildings, and a loud and impressive siren. Busy Bus has none of these things. Will the children still like him? This darling picture book offers a gentle exploration of jealousy and a reminder that we each have our own unique talents that make us special.

What Kind of Book is It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!

Quotes from This Book

  • “Busy Bus can’t wait. He and the children are going to meet a fire truck!”
  • “‘Engine 4 is a fire-fighting beast!’ says the captain. ‘It saves people and their things.’”
  • “I wish I could put out fires, thinks Busy Bus.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • After meeting Engine 4, Busy Bus isn’t sure the children will still like him. Have you ever met someone who is better at something than you are? How did it make you feel? Can you be friends with those who have abilities you don’t?

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Who Wrote It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!

Jody Jensen Shaffer
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Jody Jensen Shaffer is an award-winning poet and the author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, including THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS! and PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW, Missouri’s pick for the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. September 2, 2017. PRUDENCE is also a nominee for Missouri’s 2019-2020 Show Me Award! Jody’s poetry has been published in magazines like Highlights, Ladybug, and Clubhouse Jr. Jody lives with her husband and kids in Liberty, Missouri, and is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. When she’s not writing, Jody can be found watching baseball or walking her rescue dog, Sophie. Visit Jody at or on Twitter @jodywrites4kids.

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Who Illustrated It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!

Claire Messer

Claire Messer is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art. She works by hand, using traditional printmaking processes to create her illustrations. She lives in the UK. Grumpy Pants is her first book.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
July 2, 2019
Text Details:
LunchBox Regular
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Created with lino prints and black ink and then colored digitally
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