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Blog Tour: Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus

Today I am part of the Blog Tour for Sue Wickstead’s children’s picture book Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus! I am sharing my 5 star review. For those of you in the UK there is also a giveaway going on!

Book Description:

Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London. When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear.

Would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: September 30, 2018

40 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 2, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Similar to the Jay-Jay children’s books, Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus is also based off of a real bus. Daisy was a red bus and those buses started being replaced with more modern buses.  Daisy was worried what was going to happen to her. She did not want to become a forgotten bus!  That was not to be her fate as her driver and conductor took care of her and gave her a new life like Jay-Jay! Jay-Jay even makes a welcome appearance.

Daisy’s new name and paint job made her even more special, as they consist of nursery rhymes.  I hope Daisy and Jay-Jay appear together in future books!  If your kids have read and enjoyed Jay-Jay, be sure to introduce them to Daisy!  They will surely enjoy all of Wickstead’s children’s books.

As with Jay-Jay books, the illustrations are bright, lively, and definitely add to the story. I wish there had been children’s buses like these in the USA when I was a kid.   It seems like the kids really enjoyed these buses!

There are pictures of the real “Daisy” ( Bus JJK261) at the end of the book. If you have small kids, be sure to introduce them to Sue Wickstead’s books as they will surely enjoy them!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

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.

Contact Sue:
Twitter @JayJayBus
Instagram @jayjaybusbooks

**UK Only Giveaway**

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Quinn Says Goodbye

Quinn Says Goodbye: Friends May Go Away, but God is Here to Stay

Author: Christie Thomas
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
To Be Published: August 6, 2019
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: July 29, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Goodbye Is Never Easy, but God Can Make It Better

When Quinn the Owl makes a new friend, a firefly named Blink, she is filled with joy. But one night, Quinn wakes up to find her friend has disappeared in a flash.

“Momma, why didn’t God make Blink stay with me? Didn’t he know how much I loved him?”

“God doesn’t always stop bad things from happening, Quinn. But he does promise that He will always be with you, and He will never stop being your friend.”

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written, Quinn Says Goodbye is designed for children dealing with different kinds of loss, whether it be death of a pet or a family member, or simply the loss of a favorite toy. Remind little ones that although people and things might not be in their life forever, God will never leave them.

Jessica’s Review:

Quinn is a baby owl and she finds an injured firefly and helps to take care of it. Quinn even names the firefly Blink. One day Blink is gone and Quinn is devastated as she really loved Blink.

Quinn Says Goodbye  is a good picture book that shows children that goodbyes (and grief) happen and it is ok to be sad about the loss.  Quinn Says Goodbye has a religious context to it and shows faith and even though God may let bad things happen, He will always be with us and take care of us.

This picture book can definitely help younger children deal with grief in a comforting way no matter the loss, and this story has a sweet ending.  Whether the loss is a family pet, family member, a favorite toy, or even a move, this story will help children positively.

There is also a “Did You Know” section about fireflies, so children can learn about them.  There are also Bible verses mentioned to help enhance the story and open up a discussion with your child and their grief if needed.

I loved the illustrations!  The colors have a peaceful and calming effect to them as you read the story. I adored the owls and was excited to find out that there is another Quinn book which is already out: Quinn’s Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God Is Always There.

Special thanks to the publisher, Harvest House Publishers, for granting me an e-arc copy via NetGalley. It was a pleasure to read and review.

Pre-order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Pixie and the Green Book Mystery

Author:  Coraline Grace
Illustrator: Encarna Dorado

Published: March 2019
103 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: July 14, 2019
Jessica’s Rating:  4 stars

Book Description:

Pixie And The Green Book Mystery is the first in the series: The Purple Mystery, and The Yellow Mystery up next.

Magic is alive at The Rocky Point Library. ~

It’s an apple disaster day for Pixie, a second grader at Rocky Point Elementary. However, a trip to her local library changes everything. When Pixie happens upon a mysterious green book, she discovers the fairy tales have come to life out of their books. But danger is lurking just around the corner. The usual librarian, Miss Rita Goode, is nowhere to be seen. And it doesn’t take long for Pixie to learn the man behind the counter is an imposter. He’s an evil Book Guardian trying to capture the fairy tale characters and rid their books forever.

But for a girl who loves reading, Pixie will do whatever it takes to save her new friends. Tick tocktime is running out! Can she get them safely back into their books before it’s too late? Or will the world of fairy tales come to an end?

Jessica’s Review:

Pixie was a fun short children’s chapter picture book that encourages reading and library attendance.  If your child enjoys fairy tales including Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland then they will enjoy Pixie as some of these characters come to life in their own unique way that is different from the stories we know. 

Pixie, whose real name is Marigold has a bad day at school, but then she goes to the library and there she ends up in an adventure to save our beloved fairy tale characters from the evil Book Guardian, who wants to put them in electronic devices for some unknown reason.  For me, this was confusing as some readers (including myself) may actually be reading this story on a device.  What is so bad about electronic devices? Yes, I prefer ‘physical books’, but reading is still reading.  Kids most likely won’t notice this conundrum as this book is meant for children’s enjoyment, which they will have no matter what format they are reading the story on.

This is a complete story as Pixie saves the day and she looks forward to returning to the library and more adventures. 

There were some nice additions at the end of the story.  There was “Words You May Not Know” which gives definitions to some larger words that younger children may not know.  There was “Write On” which are activities for the young reader to help them think about the story they just finished and make it interactive.  Lastly, there is a “Cooking with Pixie” child friendly recipe for ants on an apple log that was mentioned early on in the story.  The recipe of course mentions getting an ok with an adult first. 

The book is themed with green as the ‘magic’ color and it is throughout the story and illustrations.  The illustrations definitely enhance the story as they are simple, yet effective.

I look forward to Pixie’s next adventure along with the themed color. 

**Special thanks to the author for sending me a copy that I chose to read and review on my own.**

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK