Blog Tour for Jay-Jay and the Carnival by Sue Wickstead @rararesources

Welcome to my review stop on the Blog Tour for Jay-Jay and the Carnival!

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?

Purchase Links

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WH Smiths

Book depository


Barnes and Noble:

Also available via Gardner’s and Bertram’s wholesalers

A bus full of toys? Yes please! Jay-Jay is one special bus and his whole town knows it and wants him to be a part of their celebrations. When Jay-Jay has an ‘incident’ on his way to the parade, it takes some special people to help everyone’s favourite bus get back on track.

This cute story shows how everyone has a part to play in their neighbourhood. Appreciation is also a theme that crops up. Jay-Jay appreciates those in his town and wants to be available for them. The townspeople in turn adore the little bus and take the time to show it.

Brightly coloured pictures bring Jay-Jay to life and show the parade in delightful detail. The bulk of the text is placed on pages with fewer illustrations; and even where text and images meet, the placement is clean, allowing for unobstructed reading.

My three-year-old spotted me going through the e-copy of this book and immediately sat next to me to see what I was looking at. The images definitely caught his attention and then he was quite eager to find out what happened next with Jay-Jay. He’s even been asking for me to read it again!

About the Author

JayJay Author Photo

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. 

Social Media Links

Facebook: – Author Page– Bewbush Playbus– Teacher in the cupboard


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6 thoughts on “Blog Tour for Jay-Jay and the Carnival by Sue Wickstead @rararesources

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  1. Thank you for your review and indeed the children say: ‘A bus full of toys? Yes please!’
    A real bus with a story of its own..
    I am glad you enjoyed and understood the book.

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      1. It is always good to get and receive positive feedback like anyone you doubt yourself.
        My children understand but are too old for my books but they knew the real bus .
        One day their children will understand and maybe they will too.
        But most of all it’s great to know I am keeping a memory alive

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