Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London. When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear. Would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
A lovely story about an old London Bus who is rescued when she retires from service and turned into a playbus, with a nursery rhyme theme. I like how this story is based on a real bus, who became a playbus, featured in the ‘PlayDays’ series that I used to watch with my children, in the 1990s. When I was given the opportunity to read this with my grandson, I couldn’t resist.
The illustrations are colourful and reinforce the text well. They have a retro quality about them, that I like, and fit well with the upcycling theme of the old London bus. The story flows and has a good amount of detail. It is slightly too long for my grandson, not yet four, but for a slightly older child, or one who loves books it is perfect.
I haven’t read any other books in the ‘JayJay Bus’ series but this is a standalone read, so that was fine. The only negative, it shows men rather than men and women fixing – up the bus. Whilst, this is only a small point, I do feel that is important to reflect gender equality and diversity in children’s literature.
An enjoyable read for children and their parents and grandparents.
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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