I’m Smart! – by Kate and Jim McMullan

 I’m Smart! – by Kate and Jim McMullan, Balzer & Bray, (9780062449238), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This is the ninth book that the McMullans have written about anthropomorphic vehicles starting with a rambunctious dump truck in I Stink!. This time, a smiling school bus announces that it, “Takes BRAINS to do my job – drive you to SCHOOL and keep you SAFE!” The cheery bus shows young people how it drives the same route each day, stops traffic, picks up riders at their bus stops, then transports them to school. Interaction is encouraged when readers are invited to count the stops along the route, imitate going over a bump in the road, and finally to participate in the survey the  quick-thinking bus driver yells out to quiet restless riders at a construction site, “Who had CEREAL for breakfast? Who has a DOG? Who has a SNAKE?” In the most exciting scene, a silver car fails to stop for the bus, and the cops show up to give the driver a ticket.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to parents of preschool or kindergarten children who are getting ready to ride a school bus for the first time.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with general picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/16/17

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