Saturday, 8 February 2020

#BookReview Sparky The Dragon Bus @JayJayBus @RaRaResources #ChildrensBooks #BlogTour #indieauthor

Sparky The Dragon Bus

Written by Sue Wickstead


For children aged 4 - 8 years
Published by Independently Published (27th Sept 2019)
Genre Children's Story, Action & Adventure for Children
Pages      39
Format    Ebook
ISBN-10  0993073786
ISBN-13  978-0993073786
ASIN       B07YG82YQR

I would like firstly to thank Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for Sparky The Dragon Bus, and children's author, Sue Wickstead, for a free paperback copy of this book to review.

Why not follow the tour with these bloggers?

The blurb:

Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus. 

Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children. 

Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.

My thoughts:

It is no secret that I absolutely adore Sue Wickstead's children's stories. So it is no surprise that I jumped at the chance to get on this Blog Tour.

Ms Wickstead is a teacher, as well as a children's author. She understands how to motivate children to read, and produces colourful, educational and interesting short story books to engage and delight young readers.

As always, Ms Wickstead's trademark bird - in this book it's a pigeon - is placed in each two-page spread for young readers to find, and add their own words to this story.

In Sparky The Dragon Bus, we see another bus fitted out as a play-bus, only this one is specially adapted to accommodate children with mobility issues.

When a little girl who uses a wheelchair comes to look at the bus, she is delighted to find that she can use a ramp to wheel herself onto the bus and join in the fun with the other children. There is a stair lift to get her to the top deck where she can play in the ball pond, and use the slide. She says that she has never felt so included!

An absolutely delightful story of inclusion, with beautifully drawn pictures, and a cheeky little pigeon, that will delight and entertain young readers.

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Free 3D bus template with book orders from Sue Wickstead’s website or direct message to author -

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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for joining the blog tour for Sparky the Dragon Bus.
    I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the bus journey once again.
    Sparky is indeed a special bus, but then so are all Playbus wherever they are or were.
    A safe, cozy place to play, inside, outside upstairs or down.
    something so special.