This is a really beautifully illustrated counting book, and interestingly not all the counting is in numerical order, which is good for growing brains! It's also a lovely ode to the art of noticing, and really captures the feeling of being shipped to school from the sticks early every morning.
Everyone knows what it feels like to be a passenger—and this book finally puts this universal feeling into words.
Climb aboard Bus Number Four as it travels along country roads and city streets, past train tracks and farm fields. Through the window, countless details rush by, just waiting to be noticed. What will you see today?
In this lyrical tribute to long rides and curious minds, author Grant Snider celebrates the extraordinary found within the ordinary, the fascinating hiding within the familiar, and the world of discovery awaiting all those who watch and wonder.
THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING A PASSENGER: An ode to staring out the window, to the daydream, and to observation. This thoughtful new picture book is a wonderful way for kids to think about their own commute to school.
COUNTING: Every morning, one boy watches . . . for two bright headlights, three big steps up, four rusty cars, and infinite wonders that can be seen along the way! Kids will enjoy counting the colorful worlds that slip by the windows on this journey.
READ ALOUD: With its contemplative and poetic lyricism, and bright, textured illustrations, this classic-feeling book is a beautiful read aloud.
• Parents and grandparents of introspective, introverted, or thoughtful daydreamers • Families who commute, take road trips, or enjoy long car rides • Fans of Grant Snider's previous titles, including What Color is Night?, What Sound is Morning? and There Is A Rainbow.
About the Author
Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day, finding hidden hours to write, draw, and create cartoons and picture books, including What Color is Night? and What Sound is Morning? For 11 years, he rode Bus Number Four to school in Mulvane, Kansas. His favorite things about riding the bus were listening to '90s Top 40 radio, the feeling of going over a big bump on a country dirt road, and occasionally getting to school late when the bus had to wait for a long train to pass. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his family.
“[One Boy Watching is a] contemplative picture book that bears watching.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Brightly colored illustrations, with soft edges and scribbly details, pair beautifully with the spare, well-paced prose. Repetition throughout conveys the bus ride’s routine nature, but, paired with the art, it emphasizes how varied-and intriguing-it can be. Here observing becomes not just a way to pass time but an opportunity to engage with the outside world.”-Booklist
“Sumptuous color and a peaceful tempo make “One Boy Watching” a beguiling invitation for 4- to 8-year-olds to notice what’s around them.” - Wall Street Journal
“In brightly endearing illustrations…a boy’s trip to and from school is captured through the many things that can be counted and observed. A solid title for sharing with children working on descriptive writing and for those communities where bus riding is part of the day, [One Boy Watching] is a beautiful homage to that childhood experience.” -School Library Journal
“The real wow factor, however, is in the quietly powerful way that Snider uses color….the reader can almost hear the sound of [the children’s] laughter, the rumble of the bus’s engine and the wail of a train horn at the railroad crossing-all with hardly any words on the page…. thoughtful readers who prefer to spend time lingering over illustrations or making up their own stories…will especially appreciate One Boy Watching.. [V]ividly conveys the experiences of those first-to-get-on, last-to-get-off students.”- BookPage