Delighted to be joining in with the one day blog blitz for ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’ by Sue Wickstead. Many thanks to RaRaResources for having me involved, and for the ARC. Here is my review:
Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.
A fictional tale based on a real-life bus ‘Supersonic’, which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it.
What does TWG think?
As a fan of buses (looking at not riding on as she gets travel sick), my five year old daughter was so excited to read about Jay-Jay. Shes at the stage where she is able to read certain words, so I am sure you can guess just how proud she was with this book.
I may be an adult but even I enjoyed this lovely little book, and its illustrations are just so fun and colourful! I think that this is an idea book for both adult and children alike. A very magic and enchanting read, guaranteed to keep your child entertained time and time again.
About the author.
I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.
For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.
I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.
‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.
This story has now been followed by five more picture books.
I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.
The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.