From the mother-son duo behind the New York Times bestselling A Bucket of Blessings comes a zany picture book about a wild ride on a tuk tuk taxi in India!
This picture book brings an international twist to the beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy three-wheeled taxi in India! Anything can happen as the tuk tuk rolls through town—from an elephant encounter to a tasty treat to a grand fireworks display. And in the midst of all the action, one thing’s for sure: passengers young and old love every minute of their exciting ride as the wheels of the tuk tuk go round and round!
Motorized rickshaws are used around the world, and in India and other parts of Southeast Asia they are called tuk tuks. "Tuk tuk wala says Squish in together!' All through the town," write the Sehgals (A Bucket of Blessings), a mother-and-son team, in this lovely take on "The Wheels on the Bus," set in an Indian city. As an overstuffed tuk tuk makes its "bobble-bobble-bobble" way through town, "People in the street jump on and off," paying their fare with rupees that go "ching ching ching." Readers get a taste of Indian life as the book nods to Hindi beliefs and customs (the tuk tuk stops for a cow, and readers are taught the greeting "namaste-ji"), poppadoms, and the joyous festival of Diwali. Golden (Snow Dog, Sand Dog) working in bright watercolors, pastels, and pencils with the texture and hues of Diwali color powder portrays a busy, friendly metropolis where getting sprayed by an elephant can be par for the course. It's a wonderfully accessible introduction to daily life in another place. Ages 4 8. Illustrator's agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates.