Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke. Here, even the typography plays tricks, mirroring the bus’s actions and finally sinking into the page as the errant toy speeds past a queue of disgruntled plastic passengers, ploughs through its owner’s dinner and plunges into the garden pond. Its witty use of photography adds to the story’s charms and makes you realise how unadventurous other picture books can be. It looks momentarily as though the last page may disappoint. Is that a bed hoving into view? But there’s a point to this tale’s end in darkness. “Sometimes,” you see, “I’m a night bus.”
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