cover image I’m Smart!

I’m Smart!

Kate McMullan, illus. by Jim McMullan. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-244923-8

A confident school bus takes command of the road (and the storytelling) in this upbeat addition to the McMullans’ long-running series of vehicular titles. Readers follow the bus as it makes its morning rounds: “Red lights? Flash! Flash! Flash! Stop paddle? Everybody stop! And don’t move till I quit flashing!” The bus has fewer bells and whistles than the trucks in previous books, but it’s a quick thinker, keeping its riders occupied with questions when roadwork throws a wrench in their routine. Once again, the brash narration and watercolor artwork offer buckets of personality on each page. Ages 4–8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (June)