Barty Barton

The Bear That Was Loved Too Much

Children - Educational
39 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2020
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Author Biography

I am a teacher. I love telling, and sharing stories with children.
When my children were little, they attended a Playbus, this was a play project based on a double-decker bus. We had many adventures and lots of fun on the bus. My story books have links to this involvement as well as adventures from my teaching career.
Unlike most of my other books, Barty Barton, is not about a bus! (Shhh! There is a bus included!)
Barty was my son’s favourite teddy bear and was always there to listen to his fears and to give him a hug. But my son grew up and forgot all about Barty. Just like my own old bear, I knew you could not get rid of such a cherished toy, it just needed a bit of loving repairs.
You cannot love a teddy bear too much I thought, my daughter agreed, she encouraged me to write the story.
You should never throw something away because it is old, tatty and no longer perfect. Being loved is so much more important.
That would be the message for my bus stories too.
'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,' the first of my picture story books, was old and always breaking down but the real bus gave children a lot of loving memories to cherish.
This story has been followed by a few more stories.
'A Spooky Tale' and 'The Christmas Play Rehearsal' have links to my teaching journey. A bus is always included somewhere.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

We all remember those special stuffed animals we cherished as a child, especially the most loved of all: the teddy bear. I know mine was loved and hugged and dragged everywhere. My grandmother had to do multiple repairs over the years, as I grew up and hugged him all the more. Barty Barton is a much-loved teddy bear. So much so, he’s been flattened and his nose is crooked. Thomas just loved Barty Barton too much; he dragged him everywhere. That is until Thomas grew up and moved away, leaving Barty Barton behind. When Thomas returns home to announce he’s going to be a father, his mother asks if he wants Barty Barton. Thomas turns down the offer which really hurts the teddy bear, but Mum didn’t let up. She rescued all of Thomas's stuffed animals and gave them a good cleaning and mending, so they were almost like new. Good enough for the new baby to enjoy when visiting.

Sue Wickstead’s picture book story, Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much, brings back many fond memories of treasured teddy bears. The story will open the eyes of young readers to the possibility that stuffed animals have feelings too, and they love to be loved. And, what’s more, these treasured teddy bears, like Barty Barton, are great at keeping secrets. You can tell them anything and even cry your eyes out into their worn-out fur and they’ll never tell a soul. This is a warm-hearted story told with compassion that will make readers young and old smile.

Splashes into books

Bear-illiant read!

June 6, 2021
What a lovely story for sharing! It is a story about a much loved teddy bear and his makeover after years of hugs have taken their toll. It is a story which shares Barty’s fears, how his friends support him and who gives him hugs now!

The book is beautifully illustrated with appealing, colourful pictures – some of which, I’m happy to say, include a toy bus reminiscent of this author’s earlier stories each about a different playbus. It is a story that youngsters will easily relate to and for older ones (and adults) it will evoke memories of their favourite teddy bears, too. It is another great story for bedtime at home or for sharing with friends in school.

Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.


A beautifully illustrated and engaging story

April 10, 2021
In a departure from her play bus stories, Ms Wickstead's latest story tells of an old and well-worn teddy bear being cleaned and repaired before being passed on to the original owner's young son to love.

When Thomas tells his mother that he is going to be a daddy, the grandmother-to-be asks if he would like to have his special teddy which she has been keeping for him. Thomas thinks the teddy will be too tatty, but his mother decides to put Barty, and all the other soft toys she has saved for Thomas, into the washing machine to clean them up before she starts to repair them. Barty is apprehensive about going into the washing machine, but his friends are with him, and after his little adventure, he is sewn back together again, and presented to Thomas's baby, Alexander.

Barty Barton The Bear That Was Loved Too Much is another beautifully illustrated and engaging story, which I'm sure will appeal to younger readers and remind older readers of their much-loved childhood soft toys. And yes, you will find the occasional red bus amongst the illustrations!


Lovely little book
Fab little book.. lovely illustrations.. My grandson loves it xx

Su Echo Falls

What a Bear~utiful story
Barty Barton reminds me of my own little teddy bear he is called Snowy and has beautiful blue, now sadly dull eyes. He like, Barty needs some serious repairs. I loved how all Barty's little toy friends rallied round to offer reassurance when Barty was so scared. Such beautiful illustrations too. A truly delightful read for the young or those simply young at heart like myself

Gemma Stockham

Great story with an important message

July 3, 2021

Dash Fan

A Treasured Picture Book

June 15, 2021
5☆ A Treasured Picture Book

Barty Barton is such a special children's book that bought back many memories of my special teddy Snuggles. Who went everywhere with me even abroad on holiday when I was younger.

Barty is an adorable Teddy that has been cherished over the years by Thomas. But when Thomas becomes a Dad himself he rejects Barty for his baby boy as he said hes too old! And tatty!

But luckily Mum knows how special Barty is, she decides to get all Thomas's old toys out and give them some much needed TLC.
But with a lil care and attention can Barty be nearly as good as new?

Barty Barton is such a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations.
The story is also based on real toys, which I adored as it makes it even more special.
This Treasured picture book teaches children to Be Kind, supportive, brave, to care for our toys, and a lil bit about toy restoration, which will be interesting to children.
So if you love toys and Teddies, are looking for a Heart Warming and Engaging Children's Picture Book then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Barty Barton. The perfect read for Children aged 5+



June 12, 2021
This story reminded me of Toy Story.

The illustrations in this book were beautiful, so well detailed and bright.

The children and I especially loved the photos of the real bears at the end. We look forward to reading more books by Sue soon.


A book that will have you searching your lofts for your own Barty Bears!

June 12, 2021


Delightful picture book

June 10, 2021
This is an engaging tale which I am sure will raise a smile with grandparents who will have had boxes of toys stored in their attics! A lovely book to share, young readers will enjoy the tale about the old bear who gets a new lease of life. The illustrations are bright and colourful and the text layout helps the story to flow smoothly.

There is scope for reading aloud, especially the dialogue spoken by the different toys and children will love to hear contrasting voices speaking those words. There is a nice message behind the story- that old things can be cared for and reused, as opposed to being discarded.

Jane Hunt

Valuable childhood lessons from an engaging story.

June 9, 2021
This is a lovely story about a much-loved teddy bear. It teaches children that it's okay to keep old things if they hold special memories. It also shows how with a little care, old things can be made new again. These are valuable lessons for young children delivered in an engaging story format with colourful and relatable illustrations. It will make most parents and grandparents a little sentimental about their childhood toys too.