Jay-Jay is no ordinary bus.
His journey is full of play.
He is a Playbus, he brings fun and adventure to the children wherever they are.
A safe place to play where children can use their imagintion and explore.
Once a real bus his story has been told in many schools.
“We wish he was still here,” the children say. “We would love to go inside!”
Well you can and he is, even if only in fictional form, his story goes on.
The real Playbus proved so popular that the idea was copied by many other play projects.
Always bright and colourful, they stood out from the rest and knowing they were different, the children and other users would come along to look inside and explore to find out what was on offer.
The real Jay-Jay ras much loved and fondly remembered.
His fictional story continues.
I loved reading the first book and was looking forward to read this.
This book is about Jay jay’s adventure to an island. This time he goes to meet kids on an island. The joy of meeting children in a new place and making them happy gave him a very good feeling.
But to get to the island he has to Go by a ferry boat. And the sight of it was not comfortable for him. He started feeling sick. But he had to overcome all this to get to the kids. The thrill and joy the kids get when they see Jay Jay is what mattered most to him.
He initially had a bump trying to get on the ferry and upon arrival at the island the driver inspected it and found to be a minimal repair. The children started flocking the bus and were very excited to see a double decker .
They had loads of toys and books to play with. They enjoyed pretending to be pirates and took memorable pictures. Jay jay stayed on the island for a week and returned back wondering what his next adventure would be.
The cover is super colourful and the illustrations are very good and could make any child happy. The narration is simple and requires no help that children could read on their own.
Pages : 44
Writing and presentation 4/5
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’. .