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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

RRR presents... SPARKY THE DRAGON BUS by Sue Wickstead - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teaming up with Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring a wonderful Children's Picture Book that has its roots in reality.  I know!  I was shocked too!  So, back your day bag and come along with me as we climb aboard this magical ride and discover today's ebook of choice...

Sparky the Dragon Bus
Sue Wickstead

About the book...

Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus.
Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children.
Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.

AUTHOR SITE ORDERS (include free 3D bus template!)


This was a darling Children's Picture Book that not only captured my interest, but my heart as well.  I had no idea there was actually a bus very much like 'Sparky' that went around to areas where handy-capable children lived, allowing them the chance to play pretty much unencumbered by any limitations they may have on a normal day to day thanks to the special features of the bus!  I mean, what a wonderful idea and when translated from life to page, it still manages to bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart.  So that's a definite recommended read for the kiddos out there with the delightful story, feelings of empowerment, and wonderful illustrations....but also a great big green light for older readers as a reminder that good deeds can in fact be found in more than just the written word.


About author Sue Wickstead...

 I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.   Having been able to share my first book, 'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus', it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.   While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.   The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.  The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

 Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.  There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.   ‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.   But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!  The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970's. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.  I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share my stories. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.



Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Sue Wickstead said...

A Playbus journey certainly was a magical ride. Unlike any ordinary bus you don't have to sit still and travel on it, it will take you to places in your imagination.
Thank you for your lovley review and I am glad you were able to join the adventure.

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