The Christmas Play Rehearsal

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The Christmas Play Rehearsal

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

It’s December which in our house means one thing… we are counting down to Christmas! The decorations are up and we are starting to pull out Christmas films, download Christmas playlists and dig out our Christmas stories.

This year we have a new one to read together – The Christmas Play Rehearsal written by Sue Wickstead.

“It’s Christmas time, and the school has been getting ready to perform its Nativity play.

With lines learnt and songs to be sung, it is time for the dress rehearsal. The teacher knows they might run into a few problems, but will it all work out in the end…”

A clever retelling of the Nativity, The Christmas Play Rehearsal focuses on the children taking part and the fun to be had as things go wrong. I liked how it introduced the Christmas story but in a fresh way that was engaging for all of my boys. They thought it was great and loved the illustrations too. It was nice that it showed the ‘behind the scenes’ of school plays and made them chuckle that things can go wrong but still be fun. Don’t just take my word for it though, I’ve noted their thoughts below!

Chief (age 8):

“It is a very good story because it’s realistic. I liked the angels and their dancing.”

Munch (age 6):

“I especially like the picture of the donkey on the stage, and of the sheep present being thrown in.”

The Loud One (age 4):

“It was a really good play.”

So there you are! Looking for a gift for a child this Christmas? Want to share a new seasonal story with your little one? This could be just what you’re looking for.

About the author:

Sue Wickstead

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.

Social media links

Facebook: Author Page


Purchase links:The Christmas Play Rehearsal

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

Sue Wickstead’s other books on Amazon:


Amazon .com

A Spooky tale .co

A Spooky tale .com

Jay-Jay the supersonic Bus

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure – e book

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

Jay-Jay and the Carnival

Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus


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N.B. We were sent a copy of the book to review as part of the blog tour – thank you to Sue and Rachel for including me! Please see my disclosure page for more information.