Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review: A Spooky Tale by Sue Wickstead with Giveaway!

A Walk With Our Teacher
by Sue Wickstead
Children's Fiction 
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

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?
You will just have to read the book to find out.

Available for purchase...


This is a sweet tale, which doesn't get overly spooky but is tons of fun to read. The characters are well done and come across naturally, while adding just the right amount of personality. The different scenes kept the tale interesting from start to finish, and it wasn't clear what would happen next.

The illustrations are bright and well done. They followed right along with the story and added to the adventure. Kids would have fun flipping through them and following the story on their own.

The tale is easy to read and makes a great read-aloud. There a nice repetition of a line every few pages, which makes it fun for kids to bounce in and maybe even say it along with the reader. It's a cute story for a Halloween read.

And here she is...

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.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: - Author Page https://www.facebook.com/storiesSue/
Facebook  - Playbus page https://www.facebook.com/BewbushPlaybus/


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1 comment:

JayJay Bus said...

Thank you for being part of the blog tour for A Spooky Tale.
I am glad you enjoyed the story