Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review: Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead with Giveaway!

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.

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This is a bright, colorful picture book which is sure to delight young listeners.

Jay-Jay is a bus, one that has gone his miles and finds himself in the junkyard. Depression sets in as he waits for his parts to be taken away one by one. Then, he's taken away and not just part of him—all of him. Soon, he gets a make-over and is bright and shiny. Best of all, he's got the new life as a play bus, where kids run around and play games in him.

This is such an encouraging and warm read. Young listeners will sympathize with Jay-Jay right away, not only because of his sad predicament, but he's simply a nice character. When he's taken away and re-done, it's hard not to cheer for him. There are many good feelings in this read as well as an important message.

The idea of recycling and making old things new comes through crystal clear. But it's not only about 'recycling' for environmental purposes. This tale shows that even fun and wonderful moments can be won through old things becoming new. 

The writing flows nicely and never talks down to the listeners. The illustrations offer just the right amount of details and reflect the emotions wonderfully. It's a book for young listeners to flip through, and even appropriate for first readers to attack on their own.

And here she is...

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.

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JayJay Bus said...

Thank you for your great review.
I felt you not only understood Jay-Jay but me too.
Thank you for enjoying the story.

Megan | Bookstacks and Golden Moms said...

Great review! My littles loved Jay-Jay as well! Thanks so much for sharing :)