Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead #BlogBlitz #Giveaway

I am delighted to welcome Sue Hickstead's picture book, Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus to Cat and Mouse Reading today. Today, this picture book for 5-8 year olds is hosting a Giveaway. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.  
Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, 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 imaginations of the many young children who visited it.

This picture book has eye-catching illustrations which puts the bus firmly at the centre of the story and which are totally relatable for children. Young readers will enjoy the layout with clearly defined text passages and direct speech is woven into the story. 

    This is the first in a series and told from Jay-Jay's point of view. I liked the underlying messages around taking care and belonging to a community after a fresh start, It is ideal for sharing with young readers and would lend itself to a paired reading situation. 

Cat and Mouse say: Don't miss the bus!

About the Author

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: Website  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US 
   |  Waterstones  |    W H Smiths  |  Book Depository 
   |   Foyles  |   Barnes and Noble
Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April. 

Special Blitz offer: A free 3D bus which can be claimed via web site ‘Enquiry button using ref code JJay (www.suewickstead.co.uk

Additional bus models and books also offered as a promotion on request. 

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

Giveaway (UK only)

To win Jay-Jay and the Island Adventure (UK Only) just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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  1. Thank you for taking part in the book blitz for Jay-Jay the supersonic bus.
    i am glad you enjoyed the story and like mouse said, 'Don't miss the bus!'
    It is indeed a good book to share and can be great for a school topic on transport.
    The next adventure involves a ferry boat ride.


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