The Bus Ride

Henrik Wallnäs & Matilda Ruta

Original Title
Åka buss
Published
Natur & Kultur, Stockholm 2016
Genre
Picture books
Pages
32
Rights Sold
Korea
Denmark
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The Bus Ride

Henrik Wallnäs & Matilda Ruta

The Bus Ride is a story about a journey from home to somewhere unknown. It takes us through fire-colored mountains and over an enormous ocean. Dad and grandma are left behind. Rabbit is hugged tightly and mom’s gaze is full of worry.

A low-key dramatic and multilayered story about escape and loss, yet also about reunion and hope. This is a poignantly topical picture book. Every year millions of children flee from war and poverty, everyone with different experiences and stories to tell with them. This is one of those stories.

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Press voices

”This is a timeless story about being separated from your loved ones, but also about finding safety and being reunited. While the reader is going with the bus through landscapes full of soldiers and tanks, the child hugs its bunny that smell of grandma. The child’s powerful experience is convincingly portrayed in a beautifully unadorned language.” BTJ

”Henrik Wallnäs’s rhythmic, sinuous, gentle language, and Matilda Ruta’s warm, expressive and evocative images make for an unexpected, but wonderful reading, with opportunities for both children and adults to discuss topical themes.” New Swedish Books spring 2016
Awards
August Prize nominee 2016