I received this book for free from Lerner Publishing Group at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
All Aboard the Bobo Road by Stephen Davies & Christopher Corr
Published on April 7, 2016
All aboard for the Bobo Road! Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count on bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to Bobo. With the authentic setting in Burkina Faso drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing culture.
The colors of the illustrations in this book are so vibrant. The story isn't quite as bright. Galo and Fatima are the children of Big Ali, a bus driver in Africa. They ride atop the bus and help the passengers load their luggage as they board at various stops along the Bobo Road. This book is a counting book to some degree. The luggage comes in increasing quantities: 1-10 and gets more and more odd as the trip progresses. The landscape is beautiful, and Big Ali is bubbly and fun as he announces stop after stop.
This book is advertised as being for children ages 4 to 9, but I think the simplistic story may appeal to the younger end of that spectrum and possibly even younger. I would have put it at 2 to 5. It's a good pick if you're looking to introduce your children to other cultures, but it's not as meaty as I might have liked. Still, it's a cute read.
My Rating: 3 stars
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