‘Jay-Jay the bus was rescued from the scrap yard where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. 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 imagination of the many young children who visited him.’
Jay Jay The Supersonic Bus is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only 99p. You can purchase a copy of both using the link below.
Jay Jay The Supersonic Bus is a fantastic children’s book which has become a firm favourite with my daughter especially who is three.
I read this book numerous times with my two children aged 6 and 3 who both seemed to love the idea of a play bus. They spent ages looking at the pictures of everything you could do in the playbus and kept asking if we we could make one too, getting very excited when I said you could hire one locally for birthday parties.
The story is a very sweet one about a bus who gets a second chance as a play bus and finds himself very happy in his new role. My daughter loved reading about his transformation from forgotten bus to a fun place for children to play in. There are some fabulous, bright pictures to accompany the text which both children loved, pouring over the most minute details.
My only slight niggle with this book is that my daughter wasn’t quite sure who Jay Jay was and kept asking me who he was, often pointing at children in the pictures asking if that was him. This book is aimed at 5-8 year olds and my daughter is only three which might have something to do with it. My son, aged 6, did ask too but when I showed him and explained why he was called Jay-Jay he seemed to understand.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour for and for sending me a copy of this book.
About The Author:
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and has currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.
In addition, she has also written a photographic history book about the real bus behind her story writing.
Her bus stories are about a playbus.
Have you ever been on a Playbus?
When Sue’s two children were young, they attended a playgroup on a bus, but not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a Playbus stuffed full of toys to capture their imagination!
For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, she worked with the charity, the Bewbush Playbus Association.
As part of the committee she painted the bus, worked in the groups, helped raise the profile of the project and its work and was part of the team involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.
‘It really was a fun journey to be involved in’, said Sue. The bus really got into her blood and became a work of the heart.
Having written the history book Sue soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. So, she decided to write a fictional tale, 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 project 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 continues.
This story has now been followed by five more picture books.
‘A Spooky Tale’ and ‘The Christmas Play Rehearsal’ do indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.
Sue has undertaken events and author bookings and loves to share her stories, she is also proud to be ‘a patron of reading’.
The books have all received 5-star awards from ‘Readers Favourite’.