Jay-Jay and the Carnival: A Review

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Jay-Jay and the Carnival Cover

Jay-Jay and the Carnival Cover


“Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a brightly coloured playbus full of toys. He’s always ready for adventure, and after an eventful summer the bus is ready for his journey to the carnival. The children are also excited – but what will happen on the way?”


Jay-Jay and the Carnival blog tour


I’m delighted to be taking part in Sue Wickstead’s book tour for Jay-Jay and the Carnival. Our boys really enjoyed the previous Jay-Jay book and were looking forward to see what the colourful play bus would be up to next.

Following a busy summer fulfilling his play bus duties, Jay-Jay is very proud to be dressed up and ready to go for the big carnival. Sadly, on the way to the start his engine lets him down, putting in peril his first chance to attend the big parade. Thankfully a local friend passes by and with a lucky intervention, Jay-Jay makes it in time for the procession to start.

The story comes at a nice pace, nestled inside active and colourful illustrations giving the reader a good sense of what’s going on. Like the last book, look out for the bird on each page! The boys said they “really liked the book” and that it reminded them of “being in the carnival parade” that they were involved in last year. They have loved reading this again and again and much like Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus I am certain that this book will remain a favourite on their shelves.


Author Bio

Sue Wickstead 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.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jay-Jay-Carnival-Sue-Wickstead-ebook/dp/B07CMGNTNT/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Jay-Jay-Carnival-Sue-Wickstead-ebook/dp/B07CMGNTNT/


Waterstones http://bit.ly/2F9DSQ5

WH Smiths https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/jayjay-and-the-carnival/sue-wickstead/paperback/9780993073755.html

Book depository http://bit.ly/2Ax6VcZ

Foyles http://bit.ly/2Ffm71U

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2GXLTdq

Also available via Gardner’s and Bertram’s wholesalers.


Social links for Sue Wickstead:


Facebook: – Author Page http://bit.ly/2kEEhPq

http://bit.ly/2kXfjdj – Bewbush Playbus

http://bit.ly/2BZiews – Teacher in the cupboard

Twitter https://twitter.com/JayJayBus



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N.B. Thank you to Sue Wickstead who gifted me (and my boys!) a copy of Jay-Jay and the Carnival for the purposes of my 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.