Last year we reviewed The Christmas Play Rehearsal by Sue Wickstead and this year we are delighted to have been asked to take a look at Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus. If you are regular readers of my blog you will know that I love books and that my boys do too. Grabbing a book and reading it together is one of our favourite things to do, so we were excited to sit down with this.
Jay-Jay has been left in a scrap yard but hope is not lost for this plucky vehicle who is soon being transformed. My boys delighted in listening to the story unfold and looking at the detail in the illustrations. They noticed small things, like the paint colours and they spotted before I did that there is a bird on every page. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not but it is a nice added feature. I also liked the range of emotions that Jay-Jay went through which provoked thought from my boys as his journey took him from a scrap yard to an airport to being Supersonic!
Aimed at children aged 5+ I have already read this a few times with The Loud One (4) and Munch (6) although Chief (8) has listened in too. The younger two of my boys really enjoy the story and think of the adventures that might await Jay-Jay in the future. Munch says it is a “great” book and The Loud One says that he liked it and thought it was nice that Jay-Jay had an aeroplane friend when he was being fixed. He also thought that Jay-Jay was very happy at the end and I thought that it was lovely that he connected so well with the character. I enjoyed listening to their ideas of what Jay-Jay might get up to next and where he might go (there is another book – see below – but they don’t know about that one, yet!).
I am certain that other children would enjoy this story too, and that it will continue to be a favourite on our bookshelf!
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.
Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus:
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.
Web site: www.suewickstead.co.uk
Amazon (.co.uk): http://bit.ly/JJKSupersonic
Amazon (.com): http://amzn.to/2BxvU2l
WH Smiths: http://bit.ly/2TtCr2I
Book depository: http://bit.ly/2Ax6VcZ
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2GXLTdq
Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April.
Special Blitz offer: A free 3D bus which can be claimed via web site ‘Enquiry’ button using ref code JJay (www.suewickstead.co.uk)
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