When Mino Took the Bus (Hardcover)

When Mino Took the Bus By Simona Ciraolo Cover Image

When Mino Took the Bus (Hardcover)

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From best-selling author of Shy Ones and Hug Me comes a gentle story about a chipmunk named Mino who must leave their mother and set off into the big world ​on their own.

"[Ciraolo's] deep empathy for those on the verge of a big transition—with all its excitement and anxiety—is unmistakable. At the last stop, the animals gaze out the bus window, contemplating their future with a mixture of apprehension and wonder, before disembarking toward their new lives. The journey has not only mattered—it has fortified them."
—Publishers Weekly

"Endearing Mino will suck readers in with his excitement about the world" —Kirkus Reviews



Nature is a capricious architect. One wonders what mood she was in, that time she invented chipmunks. Whatever temper inspired her, it was decided that, on completion of their seventh week, all chipmunks must leave their mother and set out on their own into the big unknown. ​
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But Nature’s fickle moods change faster than the weather, and if pride won’t ever let her go back on her decisions, conscience would always prompt her to make up for her shortcomings. ​

And so it is that on that fateful birthday, Mino is given his mother’s kiss, but not her tears, and, with a sparkle in his heart and a sunny disposition, he’s put on a bus towards his future life and a new home, where he might plant his seeds and watch them grow.
Simona Ciraolo is a Sardinian-born author and illustrator whose witty and endearing tales recently won her the Sebastian Walker Award. Ciraolo studied animation at the National Film School in Turin, Italy, before moving to the UK where she undertook an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She has also worked as a freelance 2D animator for children's TV shows and illustrated five picture books for an independent Italian publisher.
Product Details ISBN: 9781838740887
ISBN-10: 1838740880
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English
"[Ciraolo's] deep empathy for those on the verge of a big transition—with all its excitement and anxiety—is unmistakable. At the last stop, the animals gaze out the bus window, contemplating their future with a mixture of apprehension and wonder, before disembarking toward their new lives. The journey has not only mattered—it has fortified them."
—Publishers Weekly

"Endearing Mino will suck readers in with his excitement about the world"
—Kirkus Reviews

“A beautiful journey filled with stories and memories."
—Youth Services Book Review