Book Review: Jay-Jay and The Carnival @JayJayBus @rararesources #playbus #childrensbook

Book Review: Jay-Jay and The Carnival @JayJayBus @rararesources #playbus #childrensbook

Jay-Jay and The Carnival

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Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a brightly coloured playbus full of toys. He’s always ready for adventure, and after an eventful summer the bus is ready for his journey to the carnival. The children are also excited – but what will happen on the way?

 

Our Thoughts.

My daughter just loves reading these stories! The bright pictures and colours and the adventure. Her older brother will listen to but the amazement and wonder is already drifting away from his imagination! To be replaced with but mum questions.

I will most certainly passes this book onto my kids school when they return in September!

I love Sue Wickstead’s work and will most certainly be an author I miss as I take a step back from book blogging to try and read at least some of my TBR!

 

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Sue tells us about herself…..

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.

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Book Review: Jay-Jay his Island Adventure @JayJayBus @rararesources #playbus #childrensbook

Book Review: Jay-Jay his Island Adventure @JayJayBus @rararesources #playbus #childrensbook

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

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Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey. He is a Playbus. Find out what happens when he is invited to an island where the children have never seen a double-decker bus – and certainly not one full of toys!

Our Thoughts.

Sue Wickstead can do no wrong, why hasn’t this author been snapped up by one of the big five! She has returnable lovely characters. How many of us have travelled at speed to get up a ramp and damaged our cars!  and Jay-Jay bus that comes to life! Why isn’t this bus on our television screens?

The imagery in the pictures are clear and crisp and my daughter loves looking closer at them just in case she, she’s missed something!

These books are winning their way to my kids school once we’ve finished with them, where hopefully they will be shared with future generations.

Please tell me there are going to be more to come in the series!

Behind the story:

‘Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure’, was originally written for a Scottish book bus.

‘Play,Talk, Read’ was the project which visited remote areas if Scotland to encourage reading in the very young. It was a great success and the bus even visited the Shetland Islands travelling on a very small ferry.

The children had never seen a double-decker on their island before and certainly not one to play on.

However, the Scottish project was too busy with referendums and with the book ready and edited I changed the name of the bus from Benji, sending Jay-Jay instead.

The island on the cover of the book was based on a piece of mainland Spain which I have visited many times.

Cap D’Or is the promentory near to a little village of Moraira.

The villagers in Moraira invited me to read this book in their library and local schools.

The people in this little village were surprised to find that Jay-Jay was a real bus.

(Jay-Jay may not have got to Spain in reality but in my imagination he did and now all of the books are in the local library in both Teulada and Moraira.)

Memorable moraira – http://bit.ly/2BHCELf

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Sue tells us about herself…..

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.

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https://www.suewickstead.co.uk

 

Other Resources:   Teacher in the Cupboard             Bewbus Playbus

 

 

Giveaway to Win Jay Jay and the Carnival (UK Only)

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Book Review: Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus @JayJayBus @rararesources #playbus #childrensbook #OneDayBlitz

Book Review: Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus @JayJayBus @rararesources  #playbus #childrensbook #OneDayBlitz

Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus

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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.

Our Thoughts.

I really enjoyed this book, I liked how this book is clearly the beginning of a series. The book tells the tale of a bus that was found on a scrap yard. One day some people came along and he was pick and renovated into a play bus. This story really captures the imagination of my youngest Melanie. Though at one point Alex was a bit like “they are fitted alot of things on that bus!” This book is ideal for those little ones and a great starting point for hopefully more amazing books to come.

Alex: You liked the book because it tricked me into thinking that the bus was just going to be used at the airport for shuttling passengers 🙂

Melanie: I liked it all.

Buy Jay-Jay The Supersonic bus from the links below.

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Sue tells us about herself…..

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.

Facebook-Xperia     Author Page      logo_thumb800Jay Jay Bus

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https://www.suewickstead.co.uk

 

Other Resources:   Teacher in the Cupboard             Bewbus Playbus

Until 22nd April, Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus is 99P

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Book Review: A Justified State @iainthekid #SelfPublished

A Justified State

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In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation. Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

I became aware of Iain and his flash fiction writing when I joined Friday Fictioners, having decided to follow his blog I am treated to his writing on a regular occurrence. So imagine my excitement when I noticed he had published a novel.

I am not sure how I would describe A Justified State to a friend but in the centre of the story there is a crime fiction story which we all know I enjoy. This is also a Si-fi / Dystopian novel of how our world could be in the future. When Iain described the landscape and the things that were happening some of it felt a bit to close to home.

At times I got quite frustrated with the Detective in this story, whether intentional or not I felt like the character was just floating along in life and just getting by. Not really bothered about his job he was just there so be there. At time I kind of wanted to shake him and tell him to pull himself together.

I felt that Henrik was well placed to be Danny’s partner, someone who was so blinded by what was going on to not notice the cracks in the wall so to speak. Especially as he was the chief of police’s son, special placed to keep an eye on the investigation and report back to daddy. Not wanting to give away the ending, but I hope the actions we have seen in this novel improve lives when.

After reading the book I couldn’t help but wonder if Detective Phillips and Gabriella had been in it together from the start? Detective Phillips only really came to life part way through the book. After being a silent bystander for most of the beginning of the book. But the characters are both written in such away you realise they don’t know each other. But maybe that is intentional.

One thing I can say for certain the imagery in this book in immense, I could see the book playing out in my head as I turned the pages.  I wasn’t able to read the last page as the tears began to stream down my face, feeling a really connection to those characters and their journeys and the ending.

I wonder where Iain will go next with this, will he write more about Gabriella and Phillips or was that the last we see how them. What ever he does I’ll be in the queue for the next part.

I hired this book from the Amazon library and I am more than happy to go back and pay for a copy.

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Top Ten Books of the Year…. @Mseancoleman @CallyTaylor @fab_fiction @writeangie @policecommander @RebeccaJBradley @laurajm8 @failsafequery @rozwatkins @Helen_fields

Top Ten!

This year I have read 26 books, almost half of these have been ARCs where I have found a couple of Gems.

So without further ado, in no particular order:

1: A Hollow Sky & The Cuckhoo Tree by @Mseancoleman

I received both of these books as ARCs and I really really enjoyed them and I can’t wait to find out what Sean and the team at @reddogtweets  do next but what ever it is I want more pretty covers and more Dr Alex Ripley.

2: The Treatment @CallyTaylor

No top ten would be complete without a mention to C L Taylor. Though this book is listed as a Young Adult I at 34 still really enjoyed it! That is the thing about Cally’s writing is that she will never disappoint what ever she is writing. I only wish I found the time to read The Fear as well which is sitting pretty on my TBR pile

3: The Surrogate & The Gift @fab_fiction

Louise is one of the most humble and grateful people I have ever come across, her books never fail to disappoint. As she doesn’t write about your every day topics there is must research and learning about the subjects of her novels. I am glad that I started and almost ended the year with Louise’s books in my bag and certainly recommend you search them out.

4: Evil Games @writeangie

Angela’s books I always read and end up thinking why am I not reading more and quicker. I am guaranteed a great ride with the Kim Stone books. Having almost gone back to the beginning with Evil Games, I am learning and understand things that I have read in later books which are now making sense. I am also glad I have read this book as I know one of the character’s is going to start to feature more heavily in her newer books. I’d also like to comment that I thought Barney was a bigger dog than it turns out he is. (I was thinking goldern lab….)

5: Blue: Keeping and Peace and Failing apart @policecommander

When this book first started doing the rounds a lot of people had recommended this book to me and I am glad that I picked it up as soon as I saw it in the shops. My dog also enjoyed this book but that’s a different story. If you are looking for guns, crime and full of action your picking up the wrong book. This book is almost a whistle stop tour of John’s life as a police officer. It is brutally honest and at times I shed a tear well several. I also contacted John about something that is written in this book that though I am a Account Administrator and work in insurance he had said exactly the same thing as I have in the past about our respective illnesses.

6: Dead Blind & Fighting Monsters @RebeccaJBradley

I always enjoy Rebecca’s books and the undertone message that they carry especially Dead Blind. I am a little behind with my favorite Nottingham detective but no doubt when I pick up her most recent books I will feel like I do when I read Angela Marson’s books. Why haven’t I been keeping up with the adventures of Hannah Robbins and the Nottingham Major Crime team.

7: Friend Request @laurajm8

This is a very important book for the times we live in and our use of social media. I am just very grateful that I grew up in a time before Facebook and other forms of social media. Laura has a very important message that is being passed on in this book and I am really looking forward to meeting her in person at an event in the new year. Love or Hate Facebook you need to read this book. This is also another book that my dog also enjoyed to the point where I had to buy a 2nd copy!

8: The Fail Safe Query @failsafequery

I don’t think my head has stopped spinning since I read this book! It is a welcome addition to my top ten purely for the amount of effort that must have gone in to writing this book. WOW! It also didn’t help my WIP as I would read Michael’s book and be so pumped up when I came to writing mine I didn’t know when to stop. I think this book is a fine example of planning your story line and making sure it all fits together perfectly. For a roller-coaster of a ride almost on the scale of David Videcette‘s book I recommend you getting your hands on a copy of this book.

9: The Devil Dice @rozwatkins

I had meet Roz a couple of times at some events I had attended so was very much looking forward to reading her debut. This book is very clever as it takes in myths and legends and make you question whether the event really did happen or was there another force at play. Roz’s second book is due in 2019 and I only hope it is as good as this one and DI Meg Dalton and her colleges.

10: Perfect Remains @Helen_fields

I picked this book up as part of a 3 for 2 having heard positive things about it previously. I had no knowledge of Helen and her books which turns out I am four behind. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but as I started to read it I became interested in the character’s DI Callanach and his newly acquired colleagues. This book reminded me alot of Silence of the Lambs but also inspired me with another project I would like to write in the future! I am sure I will come across more books by Helen in the future and will most certainly snap them up.

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as for 2019 I have a pile of TBR  including Tubing by K. A. McKeagney, Child Taken by Darren Young   On my life by @theangelaclarke I also have a few curve balls on my shelves including One Little Lie by Sam Carrington and Kiss of Death by Paul Finch. Note to self stop entering competitions. I am also looking forward to catching up with some of my favs Cally, Angela, Rebecca and Louise Jensen.

 

Happy New Year!!!

 

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Book Review: Presumed Guilty by @JaneIsaacAuthor @damppebbles DC Beth Chamberlain #2 #PresumedGuilty #damppebblesblogtours #review

Book Review: Presumed Guilty by @JaneIsaacAuthor @damppebbles DC Beth Chamberlain #2 #PresumedGuilty #damppebblesblogtours #review

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Accident or murder?

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.

DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets of the past.

Meanwhile, the killer has her in his sights…

The latest electrifying whodunnit from the bestselling author of After He’s Gone. If you’re a fan of Angela Marsons, Nicci French and Rachel Abbott, you won’t want to miss Presumed Guilty.

My Thoughts

Presumed Guilty!

This review has had me lying in bed at night wondering what to write! As you all know by now I am a fan of crime fiction but with so much competition in that market with the likes of Angela Marson and Robert  Bryndza I was interested to know what corner of the independent female leads Jane Issacs occupied and I was pleasantly surprised! Because DC Beth Chamberlain is not only a detective, she is also a family liaison officer adding a new dimension to female lead crime fiction.

This story was told more in-depth about what the family of the victims were feeling and saying through Beth’s eyes and her colleague. I particularly liked how Beth went out of her way to check on other family members and offer her support to those who weren’t directly effected by the death. I liked Beth’s insecurities about her former secret boyfriend (a colleague) and the reasons why she ended it and her worries that he is now dating the DI who Beth doesn’t particularly like, and even though she is over him she still harbors feelings for him and like all exs only wants the best for them. Which I personally can totally relate!

As the story progresses Jane writes her characters and particularly Beth in away that you know why she is sat next to some of the greats (in my opinion)

This book can most certainly be read as a standalone, I myself hadn’t read the previous outing so I was glad that I could pick this book up and fail into the story without thinking I had missed something.

I will most certainly be on the look out for Beth Chamberlain 3 due out in 2019.

I would like to thanks Jane Issac and Emma from Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review this book and give my honest opinion.

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Presumed Guilty is Jane’s seventh novel and the second in her DC Beth Chamberlain (Family Liaison Officer) series. The third DC Beth Chamberlain novel will be released early 2019.

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Book Review: The Christmas Play Rehearsal @JayJayBus @rararesources #Christmas! #childrensbook

Book Review: The Christmas Play Rehearsal @JayJayBus @rararesources #Christmas! #childrensbook

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

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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.

Our Thoughts.

I really enjoyed reading this book to both of my children Alex (9) and Melanie (5). The is short and snappy. The pictures in the book are bright and colourful and reading it as an adult you just know that this it’s almost a memoir. I wonder if I should take this in to my kids school and give it to the teacher’s currently organising their Christmas production.

Alex: I liked that things kept going wrong (??)

Melanie: I liked the whole thing especially the assembly

I almost had the chance to meet up with the author after finding myself in town of Burgess Hill recently. Sue comes across as very friendly and approachable and it is a shame I ran out of time to meet up but maybe next time…

The Christmas Play Rehearsal here

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Sue tells us about herself…..

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.

Sue’s other books:

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Jay-Jay the supersonic Bus      Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure        Ebook

Jay-Jay and the Carnival         Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus

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