*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.
A fictional tale based on a real-life bus ‘Supersonic’, which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it.
Minishine (6) and Babybows (3) were both entranced by Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus. This is a really lovely picture book – not too wordy, not too simple – with beautifully colourful illustrations. Both children really enjoyed picking out the details in the pictures and expanding on the story on the pages.
What did you think of Jay-Jay?
Babybows: Amazing! I liked the bus and the children and the peoples. I liked the bus best. Jay-Jay!
Minishine: I liked the painting they did on him. It was really good ‘cos it was adventurous and I like adventurous stuff!
Mr Shine and I both felt a little bit traumatised at the idea of poor Jay-Jay being broken down for parts, but the children seemed to accept the potential dismemberment with equanimity and Minishine rather patronisingly observed that it ‘wasn’t sad at all, silly, because he only thought he might get breaked, but actually just nice things happen!’ So that was us told!
They both asked for this story again the following night – always a sign of a winner in our house!
Overall, a lovely story for children and parents, pitched at just the right length and language level to be accessible to both toddlers and young children alike. I recommend this with the slight caveat that you will find yourself googling local Playbuses enthusiastically shortly after reading it!
Jay-Jay was so excited he would be getting a new life and a new purpose. He would not have to be broken up for scrap, and to Jay-Jay this was the magic part!
– Sue Wickstead, Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus
Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April.
Special Blitz offer: A free 3D bus which can be claimed via web site ‘Enquiry button using ref code JJay (www.suewickstead.co.uk)
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