All Aboard the London Bus

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Pub Date 7 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 12 Jul 2022

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This delightful rhyming picture book follows a family as they explore London, one of the world's most famous capital cities!

Come! Board the London Bus
and see the London sights with us.
At any time, hop off, explore!
Then climb back on, and ride some more…

As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht's witty treatment.

Non-fiction facts provide more information about the poetry subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humour.

This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.
This delightful rhyming picture book follows a family as they explore London, one of the world's most famous capital cities!

Come! Board the London Bus
and see the London sights with us.
At any...

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

All Aboard the London Bus is a great book of interesting and fun information and facts about London for children. The illustrations are fantastic and I loved the rhyming verses as the book progresses through sights to see in London. This would make a great book for any child to have before or during a trip to London. There's some fun things to do in this book and interesting information to take away from it too!

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This is a fantastic book to introduce kids to hot spots of London! The drawings are helpful, the poems informational and entertaining. I wish I'd found this book before visiting London earlier this year, as it's an easy way to gain a little bit of insight into the attractions without reading a hum-drum description for adults. Still, it's a fun way to reflect on places we went to in London, and it whets my appetite for going back to explore more.
I'd highly recommend this book for anyone going to London or who wants to go.

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I loved this book! Beautifully illustrated and well written, I am sure this will be a BIG hit!

Lots of children had their first glimpse of the capital over the jubilee weekend in June and this is a great way of showing them a little bit more of London, and what amazing sights there are without having to travel anywhere (or a great way of preparing for a trip there)! The rhyming text is fab and the book includes a great selection of some of the favourite tourist spots in our capital; city.

Lots to learn and see in this one little book, fantastic!

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I read this with my five year old daughter and we both loved it! The story has a good rhythm and the illustrations are wonderful!
So much to see and learn about London in this lovely little book!

Thank you Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

Look for this one tomorrow!

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This is book is just lovely!! An absolute must for anyone visiting London with children.

Each page features a different London attraction, and information is given about it in rhyme, making it child friendly, informative and entertaining. The graphics are stunning and there are some very nice features, including a very special page dedicated to the Thames, and a 'search and find' page.

Having read this book to a 4 year old and a 7 year old, I can advise it was a very big hit with them both, and a book we will be sure to read again and again before we visit London!

My thanks to NetGalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.

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Lots of boxes are ticked for this delightful children’s book about the attractions of London. Rhymes (even one haiku), colorful illustrations with lots of details to look at, accurate depictions of the landmarks, and some creative placement of the texts.

I would give this to a child just about to visit this most wonderful city to ramp up the excitement and anticipation.

5 stars. Lovely book!

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This rhyming picture book tells about all of the important landmarks in London by including interesting facts and detailed illustrations. The book ends with a short description of each landmark for more information. There is lots of great information about London in the book and the illustrations are neat. The idea going on a tour and riding on a double decker bus is also sure to excite readers. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-9 range who want to learn more about London. I could see using this book for Social Studies lessons about England/Europe and landmarks or structures. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

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All Aboard the London Bus by Patricia Toht 5 stars

The cover of this book caught my eye and while I don't usually read picture books that often - I had to request and hope. I got approved and I found this to be charming book. The rhymes were on point and the illustrations wonderful. It brought back memories of my two trips to London and makes me wish to go again. I would say that if you are going to take a child to London, this would make a great introduction to all the sights they will see in an easy understandable format. If as an adult, you pick up this book it will probably bring back memories of the excitement you felt visiting a foreign locale. 5 stars for the author and illustrator.

Thank you Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for this ARC.

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Whether you’re looking for a great kid’s travel book as a gift for a little person in your life or whether you're a parent trying to keep the travel dream alive - this is the perfect guide for you!

The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful illustrations. Sam Usher knows how to capture the attention of young travellers. The detailed drawings show plenty of personality and will definitely inspire children to travel.

Author Patricia Toht invites children to hop aboard a London double-decker bus and grabs their attention with an easy to read, engaging rhyming picture book which introduces them to the exciting city. She’s planned a fun itinerary for a holiday in London and has broken the city into bite-sized chunks so that children remain excited to explore. Each chapter consists of two pages and is a different tourist destination. The best travel books for kids encourage curiosity and expand their horizons; Toht’s guide is a stellar example of this.

‘All Aboard The London Bus’ would be the perfect gift to buy a child planning a trip to this exciting destination. It will encourage them to get involved in the planning stage as well as get them excited about their upcoming trip. I know from experience that kids are happy to see something ‘in real life’ that they’ve read about and recognize from books.

I’m thankful for authors such as Patricia Toht who remind us that the littlest travellers need an accessible travel guide too. This is truly a gorgeous celebration of London.

I was gifted this advance copy by Patricia Toht, Quarto Publishing Group, Frances Lincoln Children’s books, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

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I received an ARC of, All Aboard the London Bus, by Patricia Toht. This is a lovely story for kids of all ages. Sights and sounds of London from a double decker bus.

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All Aboard the London Bus is such a fun book packed with tons of must-see sights in London. This would be perfect in advance of a trip to London to get your child excited! I also reminisced on my time there by reading this. I loved all the facts at the end of the book.

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I loved the illustrations in this book. They reminded me of those of Helen Oxenbury, a favorite of mine. They are beautifully detailed and invite the reader in. The text goes well with the visual. There are rhymes to engage young ones.

What follows is a lovely tour of London. Travel to The Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, The Thames, The British Museum and many more well-known destinations. The pages on Trafalgar Square offer a search and find puzzle for extra fun.

This book would be a great way to acclimate a child to London or to relive a favorite trip to the city. I know that I very much enjoyed my visit.

Note: at the end of the book there is a section with more detailed information about the places mentioned in the book.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto-Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for this title. All opinions are my own.

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What a delightful book. Love the text and the colorful illustrations. Will definitely purchase for the young people in my life.

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Well, whether you justify this book's appearance on the school shelf because it's about London, or because it's a colourful and lively and varied poetry book, this is something that takes very few minutes to prove its worth. The tour of all the locations gets different treatment, verse-wise, with pretty much everything being very strong on rhyme and meter – even the British Museum haikus are rhyming. We see all the sights, and gain a spot-the-mentioned-detail aspect when arriving at Trafalgar Square. After the day-long narrative has spent its course we get to factoids about everything we've seen – and the only goof that I saw, that said the Thames is Britain's longest river. A shame, as this book had until then done what it wanted to exceptionally well. Still, four and a half stars should serve as strong encouragement in favour of this wonderful volume.

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A very well written children’s book all about exploring London one of the most famous capital cities that children will absolutely love it a really fun colourful illustration that is the perfect guide for all little ones to enjoy totally recommend
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'All Aboard the London Bus' is a fun book of poetry that let's you travel around town, see the sights, and add a few more stops to the travel bucket list! The illustrations are a nostalgic nod to the Richard Scarry books - relatable, familiar, and packed with small details. A really good read.

WHO SHOULD READ IT: This book is great for Pre-K through elementary. The prose and art are engaging. Additionally, it would make a great addition to a unit study on London or anyone taking a trip there with kids.

Thank you @Netgalley and @quarto.knows for early access to this ARC in return for an unbiased and voluntary review

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Such a fun little book about the most famous sights in London, described in poetry (often humorous and including various forms such as haiku), and complete with detailed, uplifting illustrations. There is a useful section at the end with more information about each landmark. Both native Londoners (and frequent visitors) and young first-time tourists to London will find this an entertaining read!

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<b> All Aboard the London Bus </b> is a Children's picture book that showcases a double decker bus that travels throughout different sights in London that you may come enjoy if you visit.

The cover artwork is adorable and I love this style, it reminds me a lot of illustrators from the 90s.

Throughout the pages you'll visit and learn about places such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London. The content is well thought out, easy to read, and the font choices are clean and simple.

We loved that there's certain sections of the book that have activities such as the search and find. It kept our toddler completely enamored with the book from start to finish.

At the end there's some information about learning more about London, which was a nice touch.

5 Stars. Would recommend and we'll be adding this to our collection.

<b>Thanks to the publisher, Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, the author, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy to read and review. Review will also be posted to my blog (, GoodReads, TikTok (@unearthingeco), as well as NetGalley reviews.</b>

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All Aboard the London Bus takes us on a wonderful rhyming tour around London and introduces us to city landmarks through 24 fun to read, child friendly poems. There are many references to London’s history as well as the inclusion of architectural and cultural aspects – travelling on the tube, drinking tea and rain!

A family of four invites us to climb on a London bus for a tour. It’s a busy day which starts with watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and ends up at The Tower of London.

Each landmark is shown in a beautifully illustrated double spread and is labelled with a street sign. We’re huge fans of Sam Usher and love the inclusion of so many intricate details in his illustrations. Each is a work of art. They capture the vibrance of London, the essence of its diverse crowds, the domes and spires that dominate its skyline and the architectural features of palaces and churches.

Our particular favourites are the way that The London Eye is described as ‘a bracelet that hangs off the arm of the Thames’, the poem describing Sir Christopher Wren rebuilding St. Paul’s Cathedral and the letter written by Tower Bridge to clear up any misunderstanding about its name, ‘London Bridge and I are NOT the same!’.

This isn't just a fun picture book for children, it’s an amazing travel guide for readers of all ages!

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