Thursday, 23 May 2019

#BookReview Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure @JayJayBus @rararesources #BlogTour #Win #Giveaway #Raffle

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure   

Written by Sue Wickstead


Published by Independently Published
Genre Children's books, Adventure, Travel
Pages 42
Format Paperback

Age Range 3 - 10 years

My thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure, and to author Sue Wickstead for a free copy of this book to review.

Open to UK residents only, there is raffle at the bottom of this blog post to win a copy of Sue Wickstead's Jay Jay and the Carnival.

The blurb: 

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey. He is a Playbus. Find out what happens when he is invited to an island where the children have never seen a double-decker bus - and certainly not one full of toys!

Behind the story:

'Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure', was originally written for a Scottish book bus. 

'Play,Talk, Read' was the project which visited remote areas if Scotland to encourage reading in the very young. It was a great success and the bus even visited the Shetland Islands travelling on a very small ferry.

The children had never seen a double-decker on their island before and certainly not one to play on.

However, the Scottish project was too busy with referendums and with the book ready and edited I changed the name of the bus from Benji, sending Jay-Jay instead.

The island on the cover of the book was based on a piece of mainland Spain which I have visited many times. 

Cap D'Or is the promentory near to a little village of Moraira.

The villagers in Moraira invited me to read this book in their library and local schools.

The people in this little village were surprised to find that Jay-Jay was a real bus. 

(Jay-Jay may not have got to Spain in reality but in my imagination he did and now all of the books are in the local library in both Teulada and Moraira.)

Memorable moraira -

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the Jay-Jay series, following the fictional adventures of a playbus. It is written at a level where very young children will enjoy having the story read to them, and more experienced readers will be able to read it for themselves.

In this story, Jay-Jay travels to an island where the children have never seen a double decker bus or a playbus before. In order to get there, Jay-Jay must drive onto a ferry, and be transported across the water. He has a little accident trying to board the ferry, and the journey over makes him feel seasick. But he is rewarded with happy smiling children when he arrives at the playbus stop. Jay-Jay has been stocked with toys and dressing up clothes suitable for the children to pretend to be pirates, and search for buried treasure in a sandpit. The children have a lot of fun on the playbus. At the end of his week on the island, he travels back to the mainland, but this time the water is calmer, and he can enjoy the trip as he doesn't feel sick.

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure is another fabulous little book for children. There are lots of lovely colourful pictures to support and encourage discussion around this story. It is a delightful story which will no doubt fire a child's imagination with ideas of sailing, pirates and buried treasure.

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Author Bio – 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 –


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1 comment:

JayJay Bus said...

Thank you so much for being part of the blog tour, for 'Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure' I am glad you enjoyed the story.
I loved your review.