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Next Stop

by (author) Sarah Ellis

illustrated by Ruth Ohi

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jul 2005
General, General
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2005
    List Price

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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.

About the authors

Sarah Ellis is one of Canada's most-loved children's writers. A former librarian, she is a highly sought-after children's book reviewer, literary jury member and speaker who lectures internationally on Canadian children's books. She is the winner of the Governor General's Award (Pick-Up Sticks), the Mr. Christie's Award (Out of the Blue and The Several Lives of Orphan Jack) and the Sheila A. Egoff Award (The Baby Project, Back of Beyond and Odd Man Out). Further accolades for Odd Man Out include the prestigious TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, ALA Notable Book for Older Readers, Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List and OLA Best Bets - Top 10 Fiction for Children. Sarah Ellis has also won the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. Sarah is on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sarah Ellis' profile page



Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

Ruth Ohi's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"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

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