Today I am very excited to be reviewing the newest Play is book by Sue Wickstead, this one is about a new playbus called Gloria the Summer Fun bus.
About the Book
Gloria is a special bus.
She is painted in bright colours to make her stand out
Now she is ready for a summer of fun, but will Max enjoy the adventure?
Why don’t YOU enjoy the fun too.
A children’s picture book about a bus, a Playbus. The stories began with a photographic book about a real bus, with children asking questions it led to fictional stories. What is a Playbus? What does it do? How is it different? The photographic history book about the project, The ‘Bewbush Playbus’, was published in 2012. The fictional tales began with ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’,
Gloria is the new bus which delivered Play-scheme support over the long school holidays to children. Providing a safe place to play.
This is the seventh book in Sue’s Playbus series and, where most of the previous books followed JayJay the Supersonic Bus, this one follows Gloria who is a Summer fun bus and is used to entertain children during the long Summer holidays.
Gloria starts off as a normal red bus but is soon given a complete make over and is turned into a bright sunny bus with lots of fun stuff to do inside where the seats used to be.
She visits playgrounds across the area for children to go and play in her.
When she arrives at the playground she spots a family with the eldest child being miserable and not wanting to join in.
He causes mischief and is very miserable, kicking a ball against her side and not joining in.
As we read on he causes more mayhem inside but seems to enjoy himself.
Through the rest of the book Max just seems miserable but will Gloria be able to change his mind and give him a fun time? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
As with Sue’s other books this one has a great story and the pictures are brilliantly drawn and very bright and colourful.
Amelia was really excited when Sue kindly sent us a copy of the book as she loves this series and really enjoys reading it herself.
About the Author
Award winning books.
Shortlisted in the Wishing Shelf Book awards.
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and has written children’s picture books with a bus theme.
In addition, she has also written a photographic history book about the real bus behind her story writing.
Her bus stories are about a playbus.
Have you ever been on a Playbus?
When Sue’s two children were young, they attended a playgroup on a bus, but not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a Playbus stuffed full of toys to capture their imagination!
For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, she worked with the charity, the Bewbush Playbus Association.
As part of the committee she painted the bus, worked in the groups, helped raise the profile of the project and its work and was part of the team involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.
‘It really was a fun journey to be involved in’, said Sue. The bus really got into her blood and became a work of the heart.
Having written the history book Sue soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. So, she decided to write a fictional tale, 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 project 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 continues.
This story has now been followed by more picture books.
‘A Spooky Tale’ and ‘The Christmas Play Rehearsal’ do indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.
Sue has undertaken events and author bookings and loves to share her stories, she is also proud to be ‘a patron of reading’.
The books have all received 5-star awards from ‘Readers Favourite’.
Sue’s books have also been short-listed in ‘The wishing Shelf’ book awards.
With ‘A Spooky Tale’ a silver medal winner.