Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus by Sue Wickstead with Giveaway

by Sue Wickstead
Picture Book 
40 pages

A children's picture book with a message about a Playbus.
Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London.
When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear.
would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

A story based on a, real, Playbus which was a much-loved haven for children to come along and play on.

A picture book for children aged 5 - 8
The story has a message that not everything old should be thrown away.
Any child who enjoys stories about transport will love this and of course will want to find a Playbus to play on.


This book is part of a series but can be easily read as a stand alone.

Daisy was once a bus in London but shoved aside when newer buses replaced the older ones. But her new life starts when she is refurbished and soon has lovely pictures from tales on her sides.

Old becomes new, and in this book, that is indeed a splendid thing. Young readers can easily sympathize with Daisy as she's forced to leave her life as a bus, carrying passengers all over London, and placed aside to be forgotten. The moment she's painted it up, the fun (and smiles) begin, and this is displayed not only in the vibrant illustrations but also in the text. The wording is sometimes even poetic and invites to dreaming.

The illustrations are bright and cheerful. There are details here and there to make young listeners pause and explore...and giggle, at times. Daisy is a bus full of joy, and that's exactly how this book presents her.

The tale runs along at a nice pace and keeps young listeners focused on what's happening. There's a little to learn too, and possibilities for opening up discussions. The message is loud and clear, and will help sprout recycle ideas. At the very end, there is a quick, historical look at the bus behind this tale and what happened with it.

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.
Social Media Links –
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