ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead @JayJayBus @rararesources #BlogBlitz #ChildrensBooks
I’m so pleased to be a part of the one day blog blitz for Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead today. There’s also a chance to win a copy of the next Jay-Jay bus story (spoiler: it’s just as good as this one). My thanks to Sue Wickstead for sending a copy of the book for review and to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for the place on the tour.
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.
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I got Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus to read with my five year old son, but actually I really enjoyed it too. It’s a fabulous tale and what makes it even better is that it’s based on a real life bus.
Jay-Jay gets a new lease of life when he is found in a scrap yard. His name comes from his registration number – JJK 261 – in case you were wondering. He’s taken to an airport where he is made into a play bus. All his seats are removed and carpets and cupboards are put in so that children can come along and have fun. Jay-Jay is over the moon to be so useful.
This is a delightful story. It’s a nice length, just short enough that it can be read in one go but long enough to offer a bit of depth to the story and to look at Jay-Jay’s feelings, first of all about being left in the scrap yard and then being useful all over again.
The illustrations are gorgeous and complement the story perfectly. They’re lovely and colourful and really helped to bring the story to life.
I’m pleased to say that this is not the last we have seen of Jay-Jay as we’ve since read the next instalment. I know my son would be happy to read lots more about the supersonic bus and his adventures, and so would I.
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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.