10 Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus

Kyle is dreading his first trip aboard the school bus.  Luckily, his big brother, James, is a school bus expert.  James gives Kyle ten rules for riding the bus that he absolutely, positively must obey if he wants to avoid getting laughed at or yelled at, pushed around, or even pounded.  During his fateful ride, Kyle grapples with each essential rule.  Along the way, he discovers that the school bus isn’t so bad—and he may even have a thing or two to each his brother.

Age 6-10


“Austin’s illustrations are undeniably some of the most creative interpretations of text in children’s books today. From the 6th grader “that was the size of a grizzly bear” to a squawking bus driver, each illustration is brilliant! Kids of all ages (and adults, too) will put this on their list of favorites.”
— Library Media Connection

“Austin’s acrylic artwork is amazingly lifelike. He is at his best when he illustrates scenes from Kyle’s vivid imagination, which has a tendency toward metaphor. Kyle’s every thought and feeling are manifest on the page. Worthy of being shelved next to Jon Scieszka’s funniest.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Starred Review

“The art is a knockout, with exaggerated faces, unusual perspectives and creative page layouts. The text and art play off each other to emphasize each of “The 10 Rules.” Using acrylics, Michael Allen Austin (Martina the Beautiful Cockroach) creates a cartoon-like realism full of action and emotion. This is a pitch-perfect picture book for the school age set.”
— Shelf Awareness

“The art is so far above the norm it’s in orbit. ”
— San Francisco Book Review

“Each threat receives a delirious acrylic illustration from Austin that turns everything—trees, chairs, people—into wild malformations that slouch as if constructed of Play-Doh.”
— Booklist