Tag: Sue Wickstead

Blog Tour: Jay-Jay and His Island Adventure

Today I am part of the Blog Tour for Sue Wickstead’s children’s picture book Jay-Jay and His Island Adventure! I am sharing my 5 star review. For those of you in the UK there is also a giveaway going on!

Book Description:

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey. He is a Playbus. Find out what happens when he is invited to an island where the children have never seen a double-decker bus – and certainly not one full of toys!

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: March 20, 2017
44 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 19, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Like Wickstead’s first Jay-Jay children’s picture book, Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus I also enjoyed Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure.  Jay-Jay’s story continues as he goes on an island adventure to see even more children who have never seen a double decker bus! You can feel Jay-Jay’s many emotions as he prepares for his adventure.

Jay-Jay definitely has an adventure before he even gets to meet the children: he has an injury which needs to be repaired. Everything is worth it as the kids love Jay-Jay and he stays there a whole week!

Again the story flows well and the pictures are enjoyable. The pictures  seem like ‘watercolor type’ pictures, which is unique. If you have kids and they enjoyed the first Jay-Jay book, they will definitely enjoy them all!

There is also a page dedicated to the real Jay-Jay which includes some pictures of the bus.

Behind the Story:

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure, was originally written for a Scottish book bus. ‘Play,Talk, Read’ was the project which visited remote areas if Scotland to encourage reading in the very young. It was a great success and the bus even visited the Shetland Islands travelling on a very small ferry. The children had never seen a double-decker on their island before and certainly not one to play on. However, the Scottish project was too busy with referendums and with the book ready and edited I changed the name of the bus from Benji, sending Jay-Jay instead.

The island on the cover of the book was based on a piece of mainland Spain which I have visited many times.

Cap D’Or is the promentory near to a little village of Moraira. The villagers in Moraira invited me to read this book in their library and local schools. The people in this little village were surprised to find that Jay-Jay was a real bus.

(Jay-Jay may not have got to Spain in reality but in my imagination he did and now all of the books are in the local library in both Teulada and Moraira.)

Purchase Links:
Website
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Waterstones
WH Smiths
Foyles
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

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:
Website
Twitter @JayJayBus

**UK Only Giveaway**

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Blog Blitz: Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus

Today I am part of the Blog Blitz for Sue Wickstead’s children’s picture book Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus! I am sharing my 5 star review. For those of you in the UK there is also a giveaway going on!

Book Description:

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.

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: October 10, 2014
41 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: April 19, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a colorful children’s picture book that is surprisingly based on fact.  Jay-Jay is JJK261 and he has been forgotten in the scrap yard until one day some kids briefly play on him. Later on, he gets new lease on life as someone buys ALL of him and not just pieces of him!  His future is much brighter now!

This is a short feel good children’s book that informs you of the ‘real’ JJK261 and his adventures.  The story flows well and and has colorful pictures that enhance the story.  It is not long and I can see small children enjoying this book and will be ready for more of Jay-Jay and his many adventures.  This is a great beginning to Wickstead’s Jay-Jay books.

On a personal note: My grandmother was a bus driver and the part of the book with the kids playing on Jay-Jay brought back fond memories of my sister and myself playing on her school bus and even riding on the bus as my grandma picked up kids for school.  Thanks for bringing up those memories Sue!

Purchase Links:
Website
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Waterstones
WH Smiths
Book Depository
Foyles
Barnes and Noble

**For those of you in the UK: Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April**

**Special Blitz Offer**

A free 3D bus which can be claimed via web site ‘Enquiry button using ref code JJay at www.suewickstead.co.uk

Additional bus models and books also offered as a promotion on request.

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:
Website
Twitter @JayJayBus

 

**UK Only Giveaway**

Win Jay-Jay and the Island Adventure

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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A Spooky Tale: A Walk with Our Teacher by Sue Wickstead

In the spirit of Halloween, I am sharing about this children’s book today.  Though not ‘scary’, young kids will love this one!

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: October 10, 2017
40 pages

Book Description:

When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go…
But…
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Why did the class not feel well?
Read the book to find out.

A fictional tale based on a real class walk around the neighbourhood. Where would your walk take you?

I will be sharing a mini-review of sorts for this children’s book:

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

This short picture book is one that younger kids will love.  They will quickly turn the pages to see what the class runs into next!  I found myself wondering what creature they will meet in their walk.  It is a fun, quick to read picture book, but not scary at all.

The illustrations are very well done.  I read this on a kindle paperwhite, so I didn’t get to experience the pictures in color. I can imagine how bright they are in color. 

Do yourself a favor and buy your young kids this one; they will surely enjoy it!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Have you ever been on a Playbus?

Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuffed full of toys and imagination!

When my two children were young, they attended a playgroup on such a bus and as a volunteer I became involved with the committee running the project. The bus really got into my blood and became a work of the heart. I ended up painting the bus as well as working in the groups and raising the profile of the project and its work. As part of the committee and later as a play-worker, I was involved in raising necessary funds to replace the old bus with a newer project. It really was a fun journey to be involved in.

I taught in the local school for over 20 years but during this time I remained involved with all aspects of the playbus project in my spare time, assisting in fund-raising events, as well as working voluntarily in after school play clubs and holiday play schemes.

I left teaching to write the history book about the original bus.

I now work as a supply cover teacher and have been able to tell the many children I meet and teach about the bus as well as show them the photograph. The children were always curious and asked lots of questions about the playbus. This led to me telling a story which I eventually wrote down.

Jay-Jay is the fictional story to go with the factual project.

Over the last few years I have been able to share the fictional story in each school I visit. I always leave a book behind as I go in case they might like a closer look.

I have also been asked by the schools I’ve worked in to provide some work for the children around the book. This has led to me producing a scheme of worksheets to support the story.

In addition, I have undertaken author bookings and I always love sharing the story book and most of all love the feedback and book reviews which the children give me. Many of their comments and opinions I have been able to use on my website blogs.

I have other book ideas in draft or indeed still in the telling but for now I can turn my attention to the next part of my bus journey!

Contact Sue:
Twitter @JayJayBus

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