Barty Barton The Bear who was loved too much by Sue Wickstead #Review #Giveaway


Come along and meet Barty Bear, the Bear who was loved too much! Here we have a delightful picture book for ages 5-8. There is also a chance to win a  Lego bear and some teddy bear colouring sheets (UK) plus a few more goodies. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.


What happens when we outgrow our teddy bears?

Should we let them go?

Thomas loved his teddy bear, but over the years, Barty had become tatty and old.

However, Barty was no ordinary teddy bear, and he wasn't about to give up on being loved.

 This is an engaging tale which I am sure will raise a smile with grandparents who will have had boxes of toys stored in their attics! A lovely book to share, young readers will enjoy the tale about the old bear who gets a new lease of life. The illustrations are bright and colourful and the text layout helps the story to flow smoothly. 

    There is scope for reading aloud, especially the dialogue spoken by the different toys and children will love to hear contrasting voices speaking those words. There is a nice message behind the story- that old things can be cared for and reused, as opposed to being discarded.

Cat and Mouse say: Look after your old toys! 

About the Author

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began.

Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.

Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name and has now been followed by more picture books (ten to date) which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.

Gloria is the most recent bus book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place to play and to meet other children. (published 2020)

‘Barty Barton; the bear that was loved too much’ was also published in 2020. Barty was written for both her son and grandson.

Some of Sue’s books have been entered and shortlisted in ‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards’, her book ‘A Spooky Tale’ was a silver medal winner in 2019. It is a story written with her class in school and is aimed at the younger reader.

You can follow Sue here: 

Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter
|  Bewbush Playbus   |  Teacher in the Cupboard 

  |  Instagram

Book links:  Amazon UK  |  Amazon US 
  |  Waterstones   |  Barnes and Noble
Thanks to Sue Wickstead and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
Catch the bus for the rest of the tour!

Giveaway (UK only)

Giveaway to Win a  Lego bear and some teddy bear colouring sheets (UK) plus a few more goodies. To enter just follow the link below and good luck!

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  1. Thank you for joining Baty on his tour.
    Indeed I agree with Cat and Mouse that we should look after our toys.
    Old things should cetainly be cared for.
    Barty is, at least feeling much better no.,


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