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Children’s Fiction | Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus | Sue Wickstead

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We’re delighted to be on the blog blitz today for children’s picture book Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead.

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Laura is sharing her thoughts and there’s an awesome tourwide giveaway not to miss.

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead (book cover)

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.

Recommended for children from age 5 to 8.

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead is available to purchase in digital and paperback format. Buy from :Web site  |  Amazon  |  Amazon .com  |  Waterstones  |  WH Smith  |  Book depository  |  Foyles  |  Barnes and Noble  |

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April 2019.


Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a sweet story about an old bus, at a dump, longing for a new adventure. Jay-Jay, feeling worried about the future became excited when he was taken and given a new life.

Not only is it a sweet story but also shares a wonderful message of reusing what we have.

The illustrations are brilliant and are a great addition to the story.

My little boy loves any transport at the moment and I’m keeping Jay-Jay for him to read himself when he’s at school.

It’s a wonderful book for early readers, it would make a great series for primary school reading and would help to encourage reading.

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Sue Wickham author photo

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.

Connect with Sue Wickstead

Facebook: – Author Page – Bewbush Playbus – Teacher in the cupboard



This tourwide giveaway is for a copy of Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure is open to UK residents.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.


  • Sue Wickstead

    Thank you Shaz for taking the time to join in with the blog tour.
    I was pleased to hear that your little boy loves any transport at the moment.
    this weekend i am at a bus running day and indeed I love all transport but especially buses. A brightly coloured bus is even more exciting especially when full of toys rather than seats.
    I hope he enjoys Jay-Jay when he’s at school.

    It is indeed a wonderful book for early readers, and it would be great to see it used for primary school reading.
    Especially with ‘transport topics. I am sure it would help to encourage reading and hope it encourages your son.
    Thank you for your review.

  • Laura Smith

    He is nearly two and the love affair with transport continues, as he adores tractors now. His daddy took him to a friend’s farm and he was allowed a ride, very happy boy.
    I’m sure he would love Jay-jay too. I have kept your lovely book so that he can use once he has started reading.

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