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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!
My daughter was excited to read the next instalment of Jay-Jay the supersonic bus.
We read it together and enjoyed the story, she in particular liked the excitement of where the bus was going to go. This book was a lot easier to read for her and it flowed better.
My daughter feels she is building a likeness for the bus, almost like an relationship with the main character which is lovely to see.
We recommend this book alone or with the first in the series as it could be read either way.
I would say some of the storyline felt repetitive from he first book and I think it could have been told but in a different way, perhaps featured it with an incident. For younger children it may help with remembering but in this case I would change the dialogue for that audience.
We read it in one sitting and cannot wait to read the next and latest one which looks very eye catching!
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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