From the back cover:
“Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus.
Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children.
Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.”
What we thought:
Sparky the Dragon Bus is a beautiful story about inclusion and play. A bus, Sparky, is chosen from the bus yard to be repainted and changed into a playbus. Sparky seems a little nervous about being “different” but by the end of the story she realises that this makes her special.
As ever with Sue Wickstead’s books, it wasn’t only me who was excited to receive this to review, but my boys were too. They enjoyed picking out details from the illustrations and listening to the story unfold. Over to them:
Munch (age 7):
“This story is really good. I love that the bus is painted and turned into a playbus. I really liked that the girl in the wheelchair could play everywhere in the bus because there was a ramp and a special chair to take her upstairs.”
“I would recommend this to my friends. I like that Sparky gets an adventure too.”
The Loud One (age 5):
“I liked seeing the children in the ball bit, and I liked when the boy and the girl made a dragon and a rocket. I also liked the slide, it looked fun.”
We would recommend this book. Once more Sue has created a fun and uplifting story book for all children to enjoy.
Free 3D bus template with book orders from Sue Wickstead’s website or direct message to author: https://www.suewickstead.co.uk/
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/
Website : www.suewickstead.co.uk
N.B. I have received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Sue Wickstead for the book and to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour! For more information please see my disclosure page.