Top 5 The Magic School Bus Books
On July 12, 2020, the world and younger book readers alike lost one of the most notable voices in children’s literature when author Joanna Cole passed away. The author is best known for being the writer behind the various “The Magic School Bus” series of books that have been released since 1986 and even turned into an animated TV show. Using the art styling of artist Bruce Degen, Cole created a host of characters lead by their unusual teacher and their adventurous field trips all over the place. What better way to look at what a wonderful author Cole was then with this look at the Top 5 The Magic School Bus Books!
The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs
A letter from an old friend from college has Ms. Frizzle taking the kids on a trek back in time to find dinosaur bones. An interesting story that was first published in 1994 and ties in somewhat with the TV show that had just started to air on PBS. This was the first book appearance of the kids Keesha and Carlos who were created for the television series that was debuting that year.
The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body
Our friend Arnold spends lunchtime eating Cheesy Weezies that start turning him orange. It just so happens the class is studying the Human Body. This leads to Ms. Frizzle taking the class around the insides of Arnold’s body and help their friend get back to normal. Though it doesn’t deal with a few things like poor Arnold’s lower intestinal track or what it produces (a CRAPpy idea to write about) the book points out that their look at things wasn’t comprehensive. So who am I to blame them?
The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth
A book that has Ms. Frizzle lead her class down inside the Earth itself through all the rock and melted magma. They started their journey digging a large hole in the school field and ended up being launched from an island on the other side of the world. They floated back up through volcanic steam right back to school again only with lots of samples of rocks they collected and lots of sights they saw along the way.
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
This story starts with Ms. Frizzle trying to take the class of kids off to an actual planetarium but finds that the building is temporarily closed so she uses some of her magic and takes the kids across the galaxy and shows them the actual cosmos. This book also introduced us to Janet, Arnold’s cousin that loved to tell people how much better whatever she had was. She even claims that the bus from her school has bigger rockets than the bus they were riding in. She was a real treat. This book became known for becoming the first episode on the popular animated series a few years later and is considered one of the best books of the series.
At The Waterworks
What better way to top this list than with the first book of the series. This introduced us to Ms. Frizzle originally and the class she looks after. She introduces herself by taking the kids on her own trip on the Magical School Bus and showing them the inner workings of a water treatment building as the water is treated, cleaned, and then released for use. They point out the issues with having a bus full of kids and their teacher swimming around water that is partially for drinking but the readers are told not to care that much about it in reading this story.