Colorful pictures and delightful language make for a good, light-hearted book – The Virginian-Pilot

Have you ever taken a ride on a daladala? If you are a boy named Musa and his Dada, you get on an open top bus in Zanzibar on the way to Numgwi beach, and all kinds of people want to get on it.

Author Naaz Khan and illustrator Mercè López created a story with catchy rhymes, counting and a message about making room for everyone.

Each time another person is added to the group on board the bus, Musa has to “tighten a little” to make room for everyone, goats, buckets of milk, chickens, umbrellas, coconuts and tall canes. sugar. However, it is not entirely sure that this is a good idea.

Among all people and things, Musa eventually learns to appreciate the experience. Finally, when a group of 10 divers with their snorkels and flippers want to join them to explore the ocean, it is Musa himself who calls them on the bus to be “glued together like globbity glue!”

The beauty of this book is the swirl of colorful images and the delicious language. Reading this story aloud to a child will include sharing words from Zanzibar and counting new people and things rushing for the ride. When we go on a trip, the destination is one thing, but the people we travel with make the trip more fun!

Other travel-themed children’s titles include Dan Gemeinhart’s “The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise” as well as the picture books “My Side of the Car” by Kate Feiffer and “Squish Squash Squished” by Rebecca Kraft Rector.

— Adults: “The Bus to Beulah: A Novel” by EC Hanes; “The Odyssey” by Lara Williams; “The Romantic Diary” by Claire Kann

— Teens: “The Greatest Stories Ever Played: Video Games and the Evolution of Storytelling” by Dustin Hansen; “SAT Prep 2023” by The Princeton Review; “Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions” by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

— Juvenile: “Martin and Chris Kratt: The Wild Life” by Martin and Chris Kratt; “Gigi and Ojiji” by Melissa Iwai; “Button Pusher” by Tyler Page

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— Illustrated books: “Sylvie” by Jean Reidy; “Ten Blocks to the Big Wok” by Ying-Hwa Hu; “The Hair Book” by LaTonya Yvette and Amanda Jane Jones

— Entertainment DVD: “One Summer”, “Morbius”, “Turning Red”

– DVD of the television series: “Power Book II: Ghost: The Complete Second Season”, “Legacies: The Complete Third Season”, “Chesapeake Shores: Season 5”

– Audiobook CD: “A Proposal They Can’t Refuse” by Natalie Caña, “The Omega Factor” by Steve Berry, “Love Marriage” by Monica Ali

— Downloadable audio books: “The Sweetest Connection” by Denise Williams, “The Pope At War” by David I. Kertzer

— E-books: “Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel” by Jayne Allen; “As cooked on TikTok” by TikTok; “The Reservoir: A Short Story” by David Duchovny

– Hoopla Music: “Minions: The Rise of Gru (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” by The Minions, “Stride” by Eric Essix, “Giant Palm” by Naima Bock

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