Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus

Children - Adventure
42 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2015
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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 volunteer I became involved with the committee running the project.
I ended up painting the bus, as well as working in the groups and raising the profile of the project and its work.
I became involved in fund raising to replace the old bus with a newer project.
I also taught in the local school for over 20 years but even then I remained involved with all aspects of the play project in my spare time assisting in fund-raising and events, as well as working voluntarily in after school play clubs and holiday play schemes.
I left teaching in order to write the history book about the original bus.
I have been able to tell many children and adults about the bus as well as show them the photograph. There were always lots of questions about the playbus.
What is a Playbus?
What does it do?
This led to me telling a story which I eventually wrote down.
Jay-Jay is the fictional story to go with the factual project.
I have other book ideas in draft or indeed still in the telling but for now I can turn my attention to the next part of my bus journey!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite

Jay-Jay was an old double-decker bus (a bus with a downstairs and an upstairs), who was sent to the scrap yard because he was no longer used. In the scrapyard, children would play on him occasionally before the yardmaster began to scold them and say, "It's too dangerous." Jay-Jay was feeling very lonely and began to worry that he would never leave the scrapyard, and would be dismantled and used for parts for other vehicles. Then one day that all changed and he was soon taken away and ended up in the airport hangar. What could he be doing in the airport hanger? He then heard talk about children and playing. Interesting! What do you think Jay-Jay will be used for that involves children? Come find out what fun children will have with Jay-Jay.

Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead is an exciting children's pictorial book that introduces children to the concept of repurposing or recycling. Sue Wickstead has created a lovely story with a very intriguing main character, and a heartfelt and happy story plot. The illustrations are perfectly designed to help create vivid mental pictures that will entice a young reader's imagination as they listen to the story being read to them or read for themselves. The book is a great tool and resource for parents and teachers to help children understand the concepts of recycling and repurposing something that is old. In other words, bringing back to life something old but with a new idea. Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.


Fantastic book with a delightful story and brilliant illustrations, perfect for bedtime reading.

Book guild

This is a delightful book about Jay-Jay’s transformation from an old bus into an exciting venue for children to play.
The narrative is from Jay-Jay’s perspective, and he has a strong character. The language is just right for infants, and they will be charmed by the descriptions of Jay-Jay’s transformation.

Theodore Cohen

This sounds like a wonderful story.

Jo Ann Hakola

I admire people with enough imagination to see something good in an old abandoned bus and then take the time and effort to make it possible. I think this is a grand idea. It gives the children something fun to do even if the weather outside isn't cooperating. It also challenges their imaginations and gives them a chance to be creative. I bet this bus is helping a lot of children learn to have to fun and to work with each other. Why not share this story with your young one and see what sort of creative ideas you two can come up with? You might not have a bus but you can experiment with a big box or create a blanket tent or use a spare room for your fun activity center. Just use your imagination.


My grandson is 7 and is a good reader. He enjoyed the book and could easily read it to himself. He chose to read aloud to his younger brother who kept pointing to the bus!

Deb Hockenberry, Children

I just loved this magical and entertaining picture book. I know that you and your younger readers will too. In fact, I know that you’ll want this book for your home library!

K. Hanchard Goodwin

Staff and children love the book. I'm looking forward to sharing it with many more.
We'd love to hear more adventures please.
Children often ask us for the 'Story of our bus' and ours is quite dull -I doubt a tale about
failed applications and lottery funding would hold quite the same appeal!
Beautiful pictures -really bring it to life.


It's a story that will appeal to young children of both sexes and I've been asked to read it several times since it arrived. It has led on to discussions about recycling/upcycling, overcoming adversity and fun things to do in the holidays, as well as designing our own fun bus and even making a cardboard box bus during the hoidays.