Wednesday, 30 October 2019

#BookReview A Spooky Tale A Walk With Our Teacher @JayJayBus @rararesources #BlogTour #Raffle #Win #Giveaway

A Walk With Our Teacher

Written by Sue Wickstead


Published by Sue Wickstead; 1 edition (31 Dec. 2017)
Genre Children's Storybook, Action & Adventure
Pages      40
Format    Paperback
ISBN -10 0993073743                 
ISBN-13  978-0993073748         
ASIN       B07CP9Q4JQ                 Age Range 3 - 8 years
My thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for A Spooky Tale, A Walk With Our Teacher, and once again to teacher and children's author Sue Wickstead for a free copy of this book to review.

A Spooky Tale, A Walk With Our Teacher is taking a blog tour with these bloggers. Why not drop by a read the reviews? But before you go, don't forget to enter the raffle (UK entrants only) to win a paperback copy of Sue Wickstead's Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes.

The blurb: 

A Spooky Tale – A Walk With Our Teacher

When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want 

to go ...


What could possibly go wrong? 

Why did the class not feel well? 

Read the book to find out.

My thoughts:

This is my favourite Sue Wickstead book by far!

As with her other books, A Spooky Tale, A Walk With Our Teacher is beautifully laid out, with lots of wonderful, colourful and funny illustrations. The acknowledgements credit Ms Wickstead's class of '95 who helped to write this story. For Shaun who drew the storyboard, and "Tina who was not feeling well, but is better now".

There is a map at the front of the book showing the teacher's intended route with the heading: A walk with our teacher. What could possibly go wrong? On the next page the children declare they don't want to go on the walk, and that's when I knew this book would appeal to my sense of humour. Children can come up with the most original and imaginative reasons for not doing something.

The children in this story don't want to go on the walk, and use the excuse that they don't feel well - obviously inspired by Tina. Each page thereafter is filled with comical imagined events which make the children feel more unwell, until they finally return to school, where, miraculously, they all feel much better. All that is, apart from the poor teacher who has to go home because she is sick!

This book is perfect for younger readers who will be entertained by the humorous events involving amongst other things: a dragon, a crocodile, insects, a bear, a wolf, and even green aliens! Although, despite the title, the book is not in the least scary. 

I thought it was a brilliant read, and I've got my order in for several copies for Christmas presents for the primary school teachers and young readers in my family. 

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Author Bio – Sue Wickstead

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.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your lovley comments and being part of the blog tour for A Spooky Tale.
    I prefer a bus of course but maybe not full of mean monsters. (only pretend monsters.)