A Spooky Tale by Sue Wickstead

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A Spooky Tale blog tour

“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.”

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What did we think?

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for A Spooky Tale! My boys loved Sue’s previous books and were excited to read this one together. It’s a lovely, easy to read story with heaps of imagination which we’ve come to expect and love from Sue’s writing. I thought that this book was a lot of fun, and loved the illustrations too, but as this is aimed at children, I thought I’d hand over to my boys for their opinions:

The Loud One (aged 4):

“I liked the dinosaur bit because I liked it when they went in the pond because it was a bit funny. I liked the dragon bit when the teacher put out the fire, and also the bit when the children slipped down the waterfall looked fun. The snake picture was good, I liked looking at the pattern.”

Munch (aged 7):

“The book was fun. The pictures were interesting with lots to look at. I especially liked the t-rex picture, and also the dragon. Also I thought that on the way to school the children might have already seen the animals and creatures that they imagined meeting again with their teacher.”

Chief (aged 9):

“I liked the story because it was imaginative and the pictures were really good. I liked that at the end of every page the children reminded us that they didn’t feel well, and I wondered if they had already set out on their walk or if they were just thinking about what would happen if they went on a walk.”

In all they loved this fun book and have read it a few times, picking out different parts of the illustrations and acting out what the creatures the children meet might be like. Sue makes this easy for them to do with her engaging language which is perfectly pitched at young children aged up to around 8.

Where can you buy a copy?

Amazon.co.uk – http://bit.ly/2IezJKCAmazonuk

Amazon.com – http://bit.ly/2QHTz4GSpookycom

Waterstones http://bit.ly/314gDzlSpookyWaterstones

WHSmith – http://bit.ly/2WnMyMnSpookyWHSmith

Foyles http://bit.ly/31f5Q5ASpookyFoyles

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/2KozTBESpookyBandN


Note from the author:

A Spooky Tale Sue Wickstead - Author

I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.

Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.

While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.

The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.

The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.

There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.

‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.

But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!

The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share my stories. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.


Social Media Links –

Facebook: – Author Page https://www.facebook.com/storiesSue/

Facebook  – Playbus page https://www.facebook.com/BewbushPlaybus/

Twitter https://twitter.com/JayJayBus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayjaybusbooks/


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N.B. Thank you to Sue Wickstead who gifted me (and my boys!) a copy of A Spooky Tale for the purposes of our review, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the book tour. All thoughts are my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.