Just before Christmas last year I had the pleasure of taking part in the Blog Tour for Sue Wickstead’s kids book The Christmas Play Rehearsal . Having thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with my son over the festive period I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to take part in the Blog Blitz for one of Sue’s other children’s stories, Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus. Many thanks to Rachel and Sue for allowing me to take part and share my thoughts in today’s blog post, I hope you enjoy it too.
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.
Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus tells the fictional backstory of a real life Playbus from being decommissioned and left to rot in a junk yard to it’s second lease of life inspiring children’s imaginations.
The story begins with poor Jay-Jay feeling rather sorry for himself feeling old, tired and unwanted, with his only fun and adventure being when a handful of children naughtily decide to play inside his rusty shell. Soon though some men come to the yard and buy Jay-Jay before taking him to an aircraft hanger to be re purposed into something completely new. Revamped and brightly decorated Jay-Jay is aptly renamed Supersonic before spending a Summer delighting children everywhere he goes, allowing them to play inside him and helping to spark creativity and imagination in their young minds everywhere he goes.
This book is the first in the series all about the adventures of Jay-Jay the Bus and is yet another beautifully written tale from Sue Wickstead. I love the message the book gives about how seemingly unwanted items can still be beautiful and uesful with just a little care and love. The book is narrated from Jay-Jay’s perspective which is wonderful as it allows children to understand how his thoughts and feelings shift once his refurbishment is complete.
The illustrations that accompany the story are bright and engaging. really adding something extra, especially for younger children who are perhaps not old enough to read along or fully understand the story. This book is ideal for Primary School ages and I can imagine it would be a huge hit if shared in a classroom setting as it offers plenty of prompts for discussions around recycling and feelings amongst others.
When I was younger I remember making occasional visits to the local PlayBus in our area and this story brought back some wonderfully nostalgic memories for me which I shared with my son too – I actually had no idea they were still a thing! My son absolutely loved this book and not just because it’s about a bus! It’s a beautifully written, happy ending tale that’s perfect for sharing time and again and a real asset to our bookshelf.
About The 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.
Sue also undertake events and author bookings and loves 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
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