All Aboard the London Bus


What a joyous journey around London’s landmarks and historic places the reader takes with a visiting family to our capital city. Pen and ink illustrations by Blake – like illustrator Sam Usher within an attractive matte paper setting, showcase the journey and poetry ideally.

Patricia Toht employs a variety of poetry, from rhyming couplets to describe the London Eye, to gentle descriptive lyric verse in Westminster Abbey. There’s a tumbling shape poem meandering the course of the River Thames, and a numerical acrostic urging the reader to play a ‘Where’s Wally’ search amongst the landscape view of Trafalgar Square. ‘All Aboard the London Bus‘ is a triumph of poetry and a celebration of the capital.

Patricia Toht creates and choose works that really describe each selected London experience in the very best way, using appropriate poetic forms and devices. ‘All Aboard the London Bus‘ is a book of poetry that is appealing, eminently readable, informative and fulfilling. This is a loving paean to our capital city, and a poetry book made to last- rather like London itself!

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All Aboard the London Bus

Patricia Toht and Sam Usher

(Frances Lincoln)

All Aboard the London Bus, we’re off on a tour about the capital. Big Ben, The River Thames, Westminster Abbey… it’s all here to explore in a variety of poetry forms! What’s more, we’ve the wonderful pictures of Sam Usher to linger upon. It seems we have rhyming couplets to describe the London Eye, while there’s a meandering poem that complements and mirrors the Thames’ movement through the city. Thereafter, we count-down in Trafalgar Square, while feeling the desperation to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
While this is a song of love for a magnificent city, it is also a travel guide, with information. Then again, it’s an outstanding opportunity to enjoy superb poems from a capable, considered wordsmith. We realise her skills anew through works such as Pick a Pine Tree (pop-up) However, here, Patricia Toht demonstrates her love for and knowledge of our capital city. Thereafter, she recognises the joy of being a tourist, one of a group of four, with all the opportunities to spend a day soaking up places about which they’ve heard, imagined and now are part of. All in all, Bookwagon recommends that we step up to be All Aboard the London Bus.


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