Tuesday, 16 July 2019

#BookReview Jay Jay and the Carnival @JayJayBus @rararesources #BlogTour #Win #Giveaway #Raffle #AuthorGuestPost

Jay Jay and the Carnival

Written by Sue Wickstead


Published by Sue Wickstead (15 Jan. 2018)
Genre Children's Books, Travel
Pages 40
Format Paperback

Age Range 3 - 8 years

My thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for Jay Jay and the Carnival, and once again to Sue Wickstead for a free paperback copy of this book to review.

Today, I am delighted to have a Guest Post from children's author Sue Wickstead, and to accompany this blog tour there is also a raffle at the bottom of this blog post to win a copy of her latest book, Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus

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The blurb:

Jay-Jay and the Carnival

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a brightly coloured playbus full of toys.

He’s always ready for adventure, and after an eventful summer the bus is ready for his journey to the carnival. 

The children are also excited – but what will happen on the way?

My thoughts:

I love this series of books, which I think are ideal for young children, not only as standalone storybooks, but also as a resource for learning about transport and travel.

Jay-Jay is a double decker playbus, travelling around the country, stopping at selected sites. He is filled with lots of books, games and toys for children to learn through play

In this book, Jay-Jay is going to take part in a carnival at the end of the summer holidays. Unfortunately, on his way to the starting point, he breaks down. His driver, Alex, is not able to get Jay-Jay started again, and begins to worry that they will not be able to take part in the carnival.

A big black car stops, and a man in a suit gets out. He telephones a mechanic he knows to come and help. The mechanic arrives and manages to get Jay-Jay started. Alex and Jay-Jay are able to take part in the carnival, and are delighted to be awarded the star-prize, which is presented by a familiar face!

This is another engaging short story for younger children to enjoy. Once again, there are lots of beautifully drawn, colourful pictures to help children follow the story and encourage discussion. To add to their enjoyment and further involve them in the story, children will notice that a little seagull is a regular visitor to each double page spread.

Another lovely little adventure for Jay-Jay, and one I'd recommend for younger children, especially those who have an interest in buses.

Purchase from:

Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon CA   Amazon AU

Also available via Gardner’s and Bertram’s wholesalers

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By Sue Wickstead

Where to start? 

What to write?

I seem to have had that dilemma once before when asked to write a blog post for ‘Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure’. 

At that time, I had decided to write about links to Spain and how the book had grown on me. 

So maybe today I should write about the Carnival. 

The local carnival was an important occasion and opportunity for groups and charities to get involved. 

Each year the procession was led around town, ending with a fairground and other events in a local park. 

We were lucky that the bus had wheels to get there. 

But each year it was a worry. 

Would the bus pass its MOT and be able to travel? 

Would it break down? 

Or indeed who would drive it? 

But for those who did come along it was always fun and exciting. 

In 1996, when my son joined the Playbus playgroup, I had offered to re-paint the bus; Jay-Jay’s paintwork was not only faded and peeling but his Supersonic name had been painted over. Against all the odds and with a lot of luck the bus was not only beautifully painted but was asked to lead the Carnival parade. 

The newly painted Nursery Rhyme bus was certainly a star of the show and with its brightly coloured livery it attracted a lot of interest. It was a proud moment to see the old bus restored to a magnificent Playbus once again. But then began the task of replacing the old bus with a newer model. 

Over the years parents and children helped to organise many fund-raising events. The carnival was always a favourite, and the group users tried to decorate the bus to match the carnival theme. This was quite a challenge for the bus but the children and parents loved the challenge. The Playbus certainly became a much-loved feature of the parade. 

Many of the children won prizes for their individual fancy dress costumes and the bus also won a prize or two of its own. Indeed, the very last Crawley Carnival was held in 1996 and with the newest Playbus version we won a prize in its category but also the overall cup. We are now very much a part of Crawley and its history. 

When I first wrote, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, my daughter loved it although it was not the bus she remembered. She suggested that I should now write books to go with the events that she’d been involved in, such as the Carnival, and the bus rallies. 

Indeed, the Carnival book may belong to ‘Jay-Jay’ but the bus ride for us began with ‘Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme bus’. But that’s another story! 

Author Bio –

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 http://bit.ly/2kEEhPq

http://bit.ly/2kXfjdj - Bewbush Playbus

http://bit.ly/2BZiews - Teacher in the cupboard

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you once again for your time and comments reviewing my books and i am glad you enjoyed the Carnival story.
    Indeed it would make a good resource for learning about transport and travel.
    i have produced worksheets and added it to the TES site but hope to produce an activity book one day to... who knows?
    Again thank you for sharing,