The Christmas Play Rehearsal by Sue Wickstead ** Blog Tour Review**

 Today we have a Christmas Picture Book for 5 - 8 year olds. At this time of year, it is sure to strike a note with young readers.
It is Christmas time, and the school has been getting ready to perform their Nativity play.
With lines learnt and songs to be sung, it is time for the dress rehearsal. The teacher knows there might be a few problems to sort out, but at least they will know what to improve on or change along the way.

This is an attractively presented picture book with illustrations which are readily identifiable to young readers. I particularly like the format of the text which is well spaced so that there are no blocks of solid print. At 39 pages, it is a reasonable length and there are plenty of small details within the text and pictures to keep the readers' interest. 

    There is plenty to keep the  reader amused with funny touches and above all, it is a fun story as you get to see just what can go wrong in the play rehearsal. There is a lovely  message in it that children can see that it is OK to go wrong and that mistakes can be overcome. I loved the pictures of actual nativity actors at the very end of the book.

Cat and Mouse say: Happy Christmas! 

About the Author (in her own words)

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.

You can follow Sue here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book links: 

The Christmas Play Rehearsal
Sue Wickstead’s other books on Amazon
Amazon .com -
A Spooky tale .co
A Spooky tale .com  
Jay-Jay the supersonic Bus
Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure – e book
Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure
Jay-Jay and the Carnival
Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus

Thanks to Sue and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources 
for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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  1. With Christmas plays now over i hope that there are many schools, teachers and children who are now breathing a sigh of relief that the Play is over for another year.
    Hopefully not too many disasters on the way, but if they were i hope they got to sort them out and to laugh.
    Happy christmas to everyone


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