Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

Children - Picture Book
42 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2017
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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.
'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,' the first of my picture story books, is about the Playbus. A bus that was old and always breaking down, but just like the real bus it gave the children a safe place to play.
This story was been followed by a few more stories.
‘Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure’, was based on a book bus which visited a small Island on a tiny ferry boat. The children on the Island had never seen a double-decker before and certainly not one full of toys to play with. The week on the island was full of pirate themed activities and as always, the children enjoyed a safe fun place to play.
The island illustration on the cover is a tiny place in Spain. There the children had never seen a double-decker bus in their village and were fascinated that Jay-Jay was once a real bus.
The book has been read in the local schools and library.
Jay-Jay may not have actually visited Spain, but in my mind he did.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure is a children’s book written by Sue Wickstead and illustrated by Jon Mitchell. Jay-Jay is a double-decker, Supersonic Playbus, which travels from town to town and is greeted by many excited children, each of whom cannot wait to play with the toys and read the many exciting books on board. After being invited to visit an island, Jay-Jay becomes very anxious and nervous, never having travelled over water before. After a brief ferry ride, Jay-Jay is greeted by children who live on the island, and who are more excited than normal, due to never having seen a bus before, let alone a double-decker bus! After a full week of fun, play and excitement, the children go home and Jay-Jay departs for the ferry ride home.

From beginning to end, Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure is filled with excitement and thrills, keeping even the most anxious minds enthralled by such a tale. Sue Wickstead has written a wonderfully imaginative story of a real-life bus, which travels around the United Kingdom, bringing fun and adventure everywhere it goes. The emotion which is felt by Jay-Jay, leading up to his initial journey on a ferry, is typical of many young children – and even adults – who have never travelled over water before. Although highly anxious, Jay-Jay is relieved to have survived the scary water adventure, before thrilling a whole new audience with the fun that he offers on board. I very much enjoyed the story, as well as the illustrations provided, and believe that Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure would be well received by young audiences, whether or not they have travelled via ferry before, as it shows that most fears are imagined, but are replaced by fond memories when the journey is over.