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Children’s Fiction | Sparky the Dragon Bus | Sue Wickstead

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We’re delighted to be on tour sharing Laura’s thoughts for Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead.

Book cover for Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead

Sparky The Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus. Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s exciting and full of fun and adventures for all children.

Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.

(The real bus worked in Glasgow, Scotland and helped promote inclusion and support for many children who were less mobile.)

Free 3D bus template with book orders from Sue Wickstead’s website or direct message to author –


After reading Jay-Jay the Supersonic bus, I was looking forward to sharing Sparky the Dragon Bus with my little boy, who is a fan of any vehicle.

After we had finished he asked me to read it again and kept saying bus.

 A lovely children’s picture book about a double-decker bus being transformed into a play bus. Sparky was painted and renamed ‘The Dragon Bus’.

 A group of children visited the Dragon Bus with an anxious girl in a wheelchair, who approached the bus cautiously. However she loved her experience on the bus as she found a ramp, craft activities,a special lift to the upper deck, a ball pit and a slide. The girl was able to enjoy all of the activities as the features on the bus allowed her to be independent.

 A delightful book about inclusion and being different.

Great for young readers.

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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.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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