Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes

Children - Picture Book
15 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2019
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Author Biography

Have you ever been on a Playbus?
Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuffed full of toys and imagination!
When my two children were young, they attended a playgroup on such a bus and as a young mum and volunteer I became involved with the project. The bus really got into my blood and became a work of the heart.
Daisy Daydream was the bus I painted for my children and where I became involved. Together with my children, we had a lot of fun.
Following the publication of my first books about Jay-Jay my daughter suggested we needed a book for our bus.
Daisy Daydream is based on a busy London bus.
The number plates on the story buses are real and Daisy's number plate is JJD 261, which was indeed a London Bus.
(The real Daisy was JJK261 - also known as Jay-Jay)
After Daisy's story book was published I felt Daisy needed her own book of rhymes too.
One of our carnival parade themes was 'Nurery Rhymes', this was perfect for Daisy so we decided to take some traditional and new rhymes and add a bus twist.
We added bus tickets with few bus jokes to make you giggle, or groan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

What bus crossed the ocean? Columbus! Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes by Sue Wickstead is a fun children's book that is loaded with lyrical stories, reinvigorated nursery rhymes, and playful jokes sure to entertain. In the spirit of Wickstead's bus theme, old favorite rhymes such as Little Bo Peep and Jack and Jill are written with new verses, and original songs and poems, such as Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus, are introduced. Peppered throughout are bus jokes that one can be certain readers will share with friends and family over and over again. At the end of the book, Wickstead shares the inspiration for the collection -- The real Daisy Daydream Bus, which was refashioned in 1987 to display nursery rhyme characters, with accompanying photographs of The Supersonic Bus to drive the story home. (Bad pun regretfully intended.)

Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes is set in the UK and the buses represented are the glorious classic double-deckers that the British Isles are renowned for. The illustrations are truly extraordinary and really bring the text to life. Illustrator 'Artful Doodlers' depicts each scene with bold, colorful, and wonderfully realistic portrayals to accompany the rhymes and stories. Page 23 in particular, which shows readers different bus colors, is delivered in brilliantly vivid detail, and the landscape, children, and costumes drawn for A Playbus Journey are extraordinary, enhancing this cute lyrical story Sue Wickstead has written on how to pass time on a road trip. Highly recommended for young children and the young at heart.

Lindas book bag

Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes is a little cracker of a children’s book.

I thoroughly enjoyed the rhymes and jokes presented for young children here. There’s a wealth of fun to be had, especially through the jokes presented in the form of bus tickets which is a brilliant way to feature them. Children will love retelling these to their friends and families.

The rhymes, poems and songs are delightful and offer much more than they first appear. They are terrific fun in themselves, but as many are based on well-known songs and nursery rhymes too, they afford the opportunity to explore the heritage of such language and to provide examples of how to play with and enjoy language. I’d love to think of children writing and sharing their own poems and rhymes and making up their own puns and jokes as a result of reading Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes.

The illustrations are just wonderful and complement the words perfectly. Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes is a smasher of a book. I loved it and I know the small person I’m going to be sharing it with will love it too.


Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes is a colourful little book, filled with original rhymes - some are well-known nursery rhymes, but written with a twist - and some truly terrible, groan-inducing jokes, guaranteed to make children laugh out loud. Young readers will recognise the traditional rhymes, but will be surprised and delighted by the playbus-oriented endings.

There are lots of beautifully drawn pictures to accompany each rhyme, and in this book the jokes are presented on different types of bus ticket. The pictures and rhymes will encourage discussion, and children may notice the pretty little seagull which appears in Ms Wickstead's other bus books, popping up here occasionally too.

Jennifer Gilmore

My youngest who is 3 thoroughly enjoyed listening to the rhymes and giggled at the jokes, she was intrigued by all the illustrations and told me all about what she could see.

I have read most of Sue's books and you can tell love and care have gone into them.

Thank you for bringing us beautiful books to read.