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New York Times bestselling artist and author James Dean adds a groovy beat to his cool adaptation of "The Wheels on the Bus" with Pete the Cat. Hop on board with Pete and his friends as they sing the classic school bus tune. Fans of Pete the Cat will love singing along with Pete in this groovy rendition of this favorite children's song.


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New York Times bestselling artist and author James Dean adds a groovy beat to his cool adaptation of "The Wheels on the Bus" with Pete the Cat. Hop on board with Pete and his friends as they sing the classic school bus tune. Fans of Pete the Cat will love singing along with Pete in this groovy rendition of this favorite children's song.

30 review for Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Grace Huey

    Grace’s analysis: This book is silly, and it’s unsafe that the dog was driving the bus at one point. No help needed: motor, driver Help needed: signals, kitties

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I am two minds about this book. On the one hand, kids who love Pete the Cat and Wheels on the bus will love this. Also, I think it will have appeal for parents who will be able to pick the book up and sing it to their child. BUT--oh, these Pete books have steadily gone downhill since the first one (and Groovy Buttons!) There is no more creativity or originality and this one is the perfect example of that. But people are obviously making money on them, so I guess that's what matters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I didn’t notice till I got home the dangerous words “based on the creation of”. So, yeah, the text limped along and was too long. Some of the verses didn’t make sense. Not in the magnificently silly logical kind of illogic of the original Pete the Cat series but just stupid. So while it is bright and kids will sit for practically any version of wheels on the bus, I don’t recommend this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    This wasn't one of my favorite Pete the Cat book. There wasn't any of the 'fun' stuff that Pete The Cat books have. This was word for word of the song of "Wheels on the Bus" so if your child likes that song then they'll love this book. There is just one or two phrases that is made for Pete the Cat and is different than the original song. The illustrations are fun (about the only thing 'fun' about the book)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Of course I love Pete the Cat. This started out just like any other wheels on the bus song/book but it picked up some of its unique Peteness near the end which I enjoyed. I'll definitely use it in storytime.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell Rae

    THus is just the song in written form. Glad I didn’t pay for this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Slayermel

    This is "the wheels on the Bus" song, put into Pete the Cat style of illustration. We really enjoyed singing a long while enjoying the pictures. My daughter was especially taken with the dog who gets on the bus and continues to switch seats. Pete adds some of his own rocking flare, as always Brightly illustrated, and a fun enjoyable read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Bognatz

    Title: Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus Author: James Dean Illustrator: James Dean Genre: Picture Book Theme(s): repetition Opening line/sentence: “The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all day long.” Brief book summary: Very similar to the traditional wheels on the bus we all know, but has its own little twist to it. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Tima Murrell (Children's Literature) Pete the Cat is driving a Title: Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus Author: James Dean Illustrator: James Dean Genre: Picture Book Theme(s): repetition Opening line/sentence: “The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all day long.” Brief book summary: Very similar to the traditional wheels on the bus we all know, but has its own little twist to it. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Tima Murrell (Children's Literature) Pete the Cat is driving a bus for all of the little kittens and one small dog. Following the same rhyming pattern of the popular children s song, the book takes the reader on a journey through a day of sounds with Pete. The book is written to follow the song, so it is not written in typical narration. Young readers will enjoy the rhyming patterns that can be either read or sung. The illustrator has filled each page with color which helps to bring the story alive. The different fonts make the writing stand out on the brightly colored pages. The simplistic illustrations will appeal to the young reader s eyes. It could help little singers develop an interest in reading. Young fans of Pete the Cat will love this book and want to add it to their favorites. If children are not familiar with the Pete the cat books yet, they can still enjoy the illustrations and lyrical wording. 2013, HarperCollins Publishers,, $9.99. Ages 4 to 8. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: School Library Journal K-Gr 1—Cool dude Pete the Cat is now driving a yellow school bus and picking up kitties along his route. After covering the traditional lines about horns that go "beep, beep, beep" and wipers that go "swish, swish, swish," this book offers up a surprise conclusion. Pete picks up one lone dog and a few pages later, the pooch is seen driving the bus, while Pete the Cat croons from the rooftop, "Let's Rock Out!" The colorful yellow and blue artwork rendered in the artist's familiar pen-and-ink and watercolor will remind fans of the other Pete books, with their hero sporting that deadpan stare. If your library doesn't already have too many "Wheels on the Bus" clones, Pete the Cat's version is cool.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Response to Two Professional Reviews: I agree with review #1 that the pictures in the book brings this book to life. The pictures are very vibrant and pleasing to look at. It also mentions how the font make the writing stand out on the brightly colored pictures. I couldn’t agree more. Both of the reviews seem to enjoy the books. Evaluation of Literary Elements: This book is meant for young readers. It gets the children singing to a tune that may be familiar with them, but with a twist. Consideration of Instruction Application: This is a great book for signing. You can have your students guess what might be coming on the bus next. You can also have then say what part comes next. Another thing that could be done is have them make up the next thing that happens and have them come up with a sound that goes with it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    YUE LE

    Title: Pete the cat—the wheels on the bus Author: James Dean Genre: Picture book Theme(s): cat, school, songs, musics. Nursery rythme; text and song Opening line/sentence: The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all day long. Brief Book Summary: The life of a cat driver. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: From School Library Journal K-Gr 1-Cool dude Pete the Cat is now driving a yellow school bus and picking up kitties al Title: Pete the cat—the wheels on the bus Author: James Dean Genre: Picture book Theme(s): cat, school, songs, musics. Nursery rythme; text and song Opening line/sentence: The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all day long. Brief Book Summary: The life of a cat driver. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: From School Library Journal K-Gr 1-Cool dude Pete the Cat is now driving a yellow school bus and picking up kitties along his route. After covering the traditional lines about horns that go "beep, beep, beep" and wipers that go "swish, swish, swish," this book offers up a surprise conclusion. Pete picks up one lone dog and a few pages later, the pooch is seen driving the bus, while Pete the Cat croons from the rooftop, "Let's Rock Out!" The colorful yellow and blue artwork rendered in the artist's familiar pen-and-ink and watercolor will remind fans of the other Pete books, with their hero sporting that deadpan stare. If your library doesn't already have too many "Wheels on the Bus" clones, Pete the Cat's version is cool.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Children's Literature - Tima Murrell Pete the Cat is driving a bus for all of the little kittens and one small dog. Following the same rhyming pattern of the popular children’s song, the book takes the reader on a journey through a day of sounds with Pete. The book is written to follow the song, so it is not written in typical narration. Young readers will enjoy the rhyming patterns that can be either read or sung. The illustrator has filled each page with color which helps to bring the story alive. The different fonts make the writing stand out on the brightly colored pages. The simplistic illustrations will appeal to the young reader’s eyes. It could help little singers develop an interest in reading. Young fans of Pete the Cat will love this book and want to add it to their favorites. If children are not familiar with the Pete the cat books yet, they can still enjoy the illustrations and lyrical wording. Reviewer: Tima Murrell AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8. Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both of the two reviews mentions how the illustrations appeals to the kids. This is a good book for Pete the Cat fans. Also, they talked about that the texts are adopted from the classic children’s song, so it should be very familiar to them. I think this book is a good choice for teaching classic songs and help children learn rhyming. Evaluation of Literary Elements: Texts are rhyming and the content are authentic and related to children’s life. Also it is interesting and Consideration of Instructional Application: Can be created into song and teach to children. While teaching, educators can prompt students to create their own texts for the song.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Richie Partington

    Richie's Picks: PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by James Dean, HarperCollins, June 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-219871-6 "The bus came by and I got on, that's where it all began" -- Grateful Dead (I'm currently listening to a scorching TOO from 11/4/77, the Cotterell Gym at Colgate) Move over, Pigeon and Cowboy Neal! Pete the Cat's in the driver's seat on this bus. "The kitties on the bus say 'Come on, Pete!' 'Come on, Pete!' 'Come on, Pete!' The kitties on the bus say 'Come on, Pete!' all day Richie's Picks: PETE THE CAT: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by James Dean, HarperCollins, June 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-219871-6 "The bus came by and I got on, that's where it all began" -- Grateful Dead (I'm currently listening to a scorching TOO from 11/4/77, the Cotterell Gym at Colgate) Move over, Pigeon and Cowboy Neal! Pete the Cat's in the driver's seat on this bus. "The kitties on the bus say 'Come on, Pete!' 'Come on, Pete!' 'Come on, Pete!' The kitties on the bus say 'Come on, Pete!' all day long." According to the collective wisdom at Wikipedia, "'The Wheels on the Bus' is an anonymous United States folk song dating to the mid-20th century. It is a popular children's song, particularly among pre-teens, in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and is often sung by children on bus trips to keep themselves amused. It has a very repetitive rhythm, making the song both easy for a large number of people to sing, as well as having the potential to infuriate adults as chorus after chorus drones on, in a manner similar to the song 99 Bottles of Beer. It is based on the traditional British song Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush." Well, given the song's great potential for annoying adults who find themselves trapped on a bus with a bunch of kids, I can't help but want to tell you all about this catchy little book which is an illustrated edition -- Pete style -- of the song's verses, and a bus full of (mostly) cats. This is a book for preschoolers and kindergartners. And while, back in the days when preschool was called nursery school (and TVs were black and white and Tricky Dick was playing second-fiddle to Ike), they actually had busses pick us up at home and transport us to nursery school, that is generally not the case today. So this book can actually serve as a great lesson to preschoolers about what to expect when they are old enough to board a school bus. There is one dog on the bus. And so, when you put together a bunch of construction paper headbands with cat ears for all of your preschoolers to don in preparation for singing this song while turning the pages of the book, be sure to make one headband with doggie ears and let kids take turns on different days being the dog and doing a woofing solo when you reach "The dog on the bus goes woof woof woof" verse. I'd also recommend some natural, hypoallergenic makeup for drawing whiskers on kittens. That dog is a total crack-up. The spread with the dog sitting next to two cats, clearly wondering how the heck he got stuck on THIS bus, is absolutely priceless. Oops. This is my stop. See ya. Richie Partington, MLIS Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/richie.parti... Moderator http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_... http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/facult...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mama Bibliosoph

    These singalong books in the Pete the Cat series don't rock the boat too much with new twists. But that's the point. They are designed to introduce traditional children's songs. Wheels on the Bus has a few extra verses where the cats on the bus shout "Let's Rock Out!" and "Pete the Cat!" Other than that, it's exactly what you remember (but with a certain cool cat driver). --- I review books for children from the perspective of a parent of kids with autism. The review above is part of a longer post These singalong books in the Pete the Cat series don't rock the boat too much with new twists. But that's the point. They are designed to introduce traditional children's songs. Wheels on the Bus has a few extra verses where the cats on the bus shout "Let's Rock Out!" and "Pete the Cat!" Other than that, it's exactly what you remember (but with a certain cool cat driver). --- I review books for children from the perspective of a parent of kids with autism. The review above is part of a longer post on books about singalong books: https://www.lineupthebooks.com/40-sin...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Ebert

    This book has not won any awards. "Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus" is appropriate for children ages 3 to 6. This book includes the traditional "The Wheels on the Bus" song that many children know and will recognize, but with the signature Pete the Cat characters and illustration style. The song lists different people and things on the bus, and is repetitive and easy to sing along to. This book would be fun for young children, especially those who have not yet heard "The Wheels on the Bus." Th This book has not won any awards. "Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus" is appropriate for children ages 3 to 6. This book includes the traditional "The Wheels on the Bus" song that many children know and will recognize, but with the signature Pete the Cat characters and illustration style. The song lists different people and things on the bus, and is repetitive and easy to sing along to. This book would be fun for young children, especially those who have not yet heard "The Wheels on the Bus." The illustrations are bright and eye catching, and Pete the Cat is a character that many children love. If you want the class to join you in singing, this book is very good for that. This can be used as a fun activity to dance or play a game to in the classroom such as freeze dance. Also, you can lengthen the song by asking the children what else could be on the bus, and creating your own lyrics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Louwagie

    This is my first Pete the Cat book, and I know it's not representative since it's an adaptation of the Wheels on the Bus song rather than an original story. Still, it's tons of fun! The Wheels on the Bus is one of my favorite songs from childhood, and the rhythm it provides makes this a really fun readaloud (even if my month-old baby did start crying halfway through -- I'll force this book on him again when he's older.) Also, you can't really go wrong with these droll illustrations, which serve This is my first Pete the Cat book, and I know it's not representative since it's an adaptation of the Wheels on the Bus song rather than an original story. Still, it's tons of fun! The Wheels on the Bus is one of my favorite songs from childhood, and the rhythm it provides makes this a really fun readaloud (even if my month-old baby did start crying halfway through -- I'll force this book on him again when he's older.) Also, you can't really go wrong with these droll illustrations, which serve as a fun counterpoint to the actions you can do with your child at different points in the song. The illustrations seem to tell a subversive story all their own that is completely disregarded in the text -- like, why is there a lone dog riding this bus full of cats? Is he a dog on the outside but a cat on the inside? I look forward to exploring more Pete the Cat!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Itty Bitty

    My thoughts: We love the Pete the cat books especially his books that are based off of children songs like this one. We love that he adds his own twist to our favorite children songs and Itty Bitty likes it when it is sung to her. Itty bitty is 16 months old and sits through about half the book without moving to much therefore we do agree this book is probably best for kids a little older. Over all it’s a great book with beautiful art work that we love and will love even more as she gets older. o My thoughts: We love the Pete the cat books especially his books that are based off of children songs like this one. We love that he adds his own twist to our favorite children songs and Itty Bitty likes it when it is sung to her. Itty bitty is 16 months old and sits through about half the book without moving to much therefore we do agree this book is probably best for kids a little older. Over all it’s a great book with beautiful art work that we love and will love even more as she gets older. our blog is https://ittybittybookreview.wordpress...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    Pete the cat is such a cool series that children really enjoy. This book is about the school bus and how the different parts on the bus work, such as the blinkers and the horn and motor. This story is also a book that can be read aloud as a song, which is very appealing to young children. The book has bright colorful pictures that remind me of water color paintings and the cat always has the same expression on his face no matter what hes doing in the book, which makes the character recognizable Pete the cat is such a cool series that children really enjoy. This book is about the school bus and how the different parts on the bus work, such as the blinkers and the horn and motor. This story is also a book that can be read aloud as a song, which is very appealing to young children. The book has bright colorful pictures that remind me of water color paintings and the cat always has the same expression on his face no matter what hes doing in the book, which makes the character recognizable and special to young readers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carmela Dutra

    This is the first Pete the Cat book I have ever picked up. I am giving it five stars because my toddler just fell in love with this book. From the moment he saw it in the bookstore, he had to read it, and has had to have it read everyday since. I cannot help but sing the book instead of read it to him. Definitely brings back memories of singing this as a child. I’m eager for my mom to read him this book, she just so happens to be a school bus driver!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I didn't feel like this version of the wheels on the bus had anything new to offer. It's easy to tell that the original author of Pete the Cat favorites, didn't write this book. I read somewhere (can't remember where) that Eric Litwin will not be writing any more Pete stories. In my mind, that's NOT all good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Well, we all know that age old rhyme about the wheels on the bus, but here it is with its own special Pete the Cat style twists. Kids will enjoy the familiarity and repetition, as well as seeing Pete and his friends as they ride the bus all . . . day . . . long. Cute illustrations and funny little add-ins make this a fun version of a traditional favorite.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I was disappointed in the book! It doesn't have the same pizzazz as the regular Pete the Cats book. It may look like Pete the Cat, but without the mannerisms, words, shoes, guitar, etc. that make Pete Pete. I gave it points just because it's about Pete.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    A very cute Pete the Cat book. Pete the Cat is the school bus driver and it goes along the lines of the wheels on the bus song. My 20 month old and 7 year old granddaughters just love the book. The 20 month old granddaughter loves to hug her Pete the Cat when we read any of his stories.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    "The Wheels on the Bus" with Pete the Cat driving the bus. Nothing original here. Just a quick cash-in on the ever growing popularity of the "Pete the Cat" brand. Those kids who like Pete the Cat will most likely enjoy this but there's truly nothing special about it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    Great rendition of a classic children's song. Fun verse additions like this one: 'The cats on the bus shout, 'Let's rock out! Let's rock out!' 'The cats on the bus shout, 'Let's rock out!' all day long. I can see kids at my storytimes going bonkers for this one!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Pete the Cat is the bus driver for "The Wheels on the Bus" song. There are some fun additions to the traditional versus such as "The cats on the bus shout, "Let's rock out! Let's rock out!" Fun for preschool aged children but be prepared for this read aloud to take forever!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    As usual for Pete the Cat - this book is great fun. It starts out with the favorite song of the preschool set, but then adds Pete's usual flair with a few verses of his own. I can not wait to see what his "Magical" sunglasses do in his next book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Nero

    At first I was disappointed that Pete the Cat was singing the same old song, but then quickly realized there was a twist! My 3 YOs loved it because there was shared knowledge of the "Wheels on the Bus" song and something new too!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    It's PETE! Well, I have to agree that if Pete isn't a fan, you won't like this book. But if you are a librarian and use Pete the Cat books in your story times all of the time, then the kids will love this one too. Its really just the Wheels on the Bus tune. The difference is Pete.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky Shaknovich

    Only the cover art is by James Dean. Who did the rest of the art? Why do we need to Pete-the-Cat-ify The Wheels on the Bus? This book doesn't bear Pete's usual slightly subversive messages. It's an imposter.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Our son loves this song and it's nice to have a variation on this song in book form. The illustrations, like all Pete the Cat books, are bold, primary colors that are eye catching. This is a fun one to read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    JennE

    Loved sharing this with a class of four year olds. Even if they don't all speak or understand English, Pete the Cat and the jaunty Wheels on the Bus song is loved by all! The bright pictures and opportunities for acting out makes this another Pete the Cat hit. "Let's rock out!"

  30. 4 out of 5

    Read Ribbet

    Take the classic song and combine it with the hottest cat character in picture books and you have this new version. Traditional verses are included though Pete adds a few new rounds.Good predictable mix to add to the emergent reader collection.

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