Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Jay-Jay And his Island Adventure by Sue Wickstead.

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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!


I would like thank the author and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.

There are so many things to love about this book. The story itself is full of joy, it’s fun and a beauty to read aloud to a child or for an early independent reader. Why? It uses simple, yet fun themes that they will be able to identify with, role playing and learning through play.  It takes them and Jay Jay on an adventure to an island when he overcomes his fear of sailing, to spend time with children as they play at being pirates. It makes you smile with every page you turn and the illustrations are fan and colourful. This book reminds me of some of my favourite books as a child, the ones I would nag my parents to read over and over. Jay Jay has all the makings of becoming a form family favourite and would bring joy to anyone lucky enough to read it.

You can purchase this book from Amazon

About the author

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Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and has currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.
In addition, she has also written a photographic history book about the real bus behind her story writing.
Her bus stories are about a playbus.
Have you ever been on a Playbus?
When Sue’s two children were young, they attended a playgroup on a bus, but not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a Playbus stuffed full of toys to capture their imagination!
For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, she worked with the charity, the Bewbush Playbus Association.
As part of the committee she painted the bus, worked in the groups, helped raise the profile of the project and its work and was part of the team involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.
‘It really was a fun journey to be involved in’, said Sue. The bus really got into her blood and became a work of the heart.
Having written the history book Sue soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. So, she decided to write a fictional tale, 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 project 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 continues.
This story has now been followed by five more picture books.
‘A Spooky Tale’ and ‘The Christmas Play Rehearsal’ do indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.
Sue has undertaken events and author bookings and loves to share her stories, she is also proud to be ‘a patron of reading’.
The books have all received 5-star awards from ‘Readers Favourite. 
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