Gus, the Dinosaur Bus
by Julia Liu, illustrated by Bei Lynn
Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Unpaged. Picture book.
School buses are cool, but how much better to have a dinosaur pick you up for school? The lucky kids on Gus's route don't even have to come downstairs to the bus stop. He just stretches up to their rooms and they slide down his neck and they're off. No one sleeps in or pretends to be sick when Gus is the Bus. But when Gus turns corners sometimes he knocks the roof off a house, and he gets his head tangled in traffic lights, and clogs up overpasses. Gus has to stop being a bus. So he hides in the school gym and cries, tears so big each one could fill a bathtub. But the kids know what to do. Find out how Gus and his friends live happily ever after . . . .