Gloria the Summer Fun Bus
Gloria is a special Playbus.
She is painted with bright colours that makes her stand out. Now she is ready for a summer of fun, but will Max enjoy the adventure.
Why don’t you join in the fun, too?
I am a long time fan of Sue Wickstead’s books all of which are beautifully written. They tell welcoming stories for children that can be read by parents to young children and by those learning to read independently.
That remains true for Gloria The Summer Fun Bus, is a story about the power of play and imagination in the lives of young children.
From the first page to the last Gloria The Summer Fun Bus is bright and fun to read. It is the story not just of Gloria, but a young boy called Max, who goes on a journey from an angry child to one who learns to enjoy play and have fun. So many children grow up too fast and lose the love of playing and interacting with other children and this book reminds young readers what a wonderous experience it is!
The bright and fun illustrations attract the readers attention and bring the story to life. For many children words and pictures combined are part of the reading journey and to see them combined so well in this book is fabulous, because it makes it feel immersive. They can see Max going from angry to fun loving and see him enjoying dressing up with the other children, building a spaceship from blocks to they can fly to the moon and imagine doing it themselves.
Sue Wickstead’s writing and storytelling is all about creating a fun and informative experience for young readers. She takes them on a journey by combining great writing and illustrations that are bright and attractive. Gloria The Summer Fun Bus has all the elements of classic children’s book, great story telling, a wonderful understanding of what sparks a child’s imagination and a character that will become another firm favourite of children everywhere.
About the author
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began.
Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.
Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name and has now been followed by more picture books which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.
Gloria is the most recent book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place for children to meet and to play.
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