Next StopAuthor Sarah Ellis Illustrated by Ruth Ohi ISBN 9781550418095 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publication Date July 28, 2005 Size 203 x 254 mm
Award-winning author Sarah Ellis's new book Next Stop! introduces this acclaimed author to a new, younger audience.
On Saturday, Claire rides the bus and sits right up front so she can help the driver. At the front of the bus Claire can see all of the chaos as people rush to and from their transit rides. Claire helps the bus driver announce the various stops on the route so everyone can get to their destinations. Before long a very special surprise passenger joins Claire and the driver for the final leg of the happy bus ride home.
Sarah Ellis's text is simple and repetitive making it perfect for very young readers. Ruth Ohi's portrayals of the frenzied bus passengers captures a city on the move in this fun tale.
"This charming, enjoyable romp will have your young ones reading along with delight and great fun. It is a gently reassuring tale of the relationship between a young girl and her bus driver, who spend time together riding the bus through the streets of a bustling city. It is Sarah Ellis's first book for young readers and I hope that she will try it again... Ruth Ohi's use of red in the lovely watercolour paintings draw attention to the many details that will have readers and listeners feasting their eyes on the energy that is the bus route that Claire shares with someone very special. The surprise ending will have young readers smiling in harmony with their new friend, Claire."
— Books for Kids, Brandon Sun
"Ruth Ohi's bright and beautiful paintings leave little room for text, but Ellis's well-chosen words don't require much space."
— The Globe and Mail
"In the big business of writing books for small people, simple definitely does not mean easy. It takes a particular savvy. As an adult, Canadian children's writer Sarah Ellis still possesses that child's sense of wonder and a fascination for the apparently simple joys of life. She understands the complexity of apparent simplicity... Illustrator Ruth Ohi echoes Ellis's wonder in the variety and detail of life on and off the bus in her happily coloured mixed-media paintings."
— The National Post
Ruth Ohi has illustrated over 40 picture books and novels, and has written several of her own, including Pants Off First.