Sparky the Dragon Bus


Children - Picture Book
39 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2019
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Author Biography

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and has currently written eight children’s picture books with a bus theme.
Sue once worked with a Playbus charity and was involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.
Following questions from children; What is a Playbus? What does it do? Sue began to tell the story.
This led her to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’. This has now been followed by five more picture books which all indeed have real bus connection.
She has also written stories with links to her teaching journey.
Sue’s most recent story, Sparky the Dragon bus, is based on another real bus which operated in Glasgow, Scotland. The bus supported children with disabilities and even had a stairlift to enable users to access the top deck of the bus.
The project was once visited by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Sparky the Dragon Bus was a normal bus, just like any other double-decker bus. Every bus on the city street looked the same except their number plates and destinations were different. It was a normal day and some important people came to the bus yard. They inspected Sparky's interiors and made notes. Sparky wondered what they wanted. She heard them saying they were going to make her a playbus. They took her to the garage and made a lot of changes to her upstairs and downstairs decks. There was even a competition held within local schools to design pictures for Sparky's exterior. She was renamed the Dragon Bus and she definitely looked different from the other buses. Let's get into the Dragon Bus and explore what Sparky has to offer.

Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead is an adorable and charming story filled with lots of fun and excitement for young readers. The little girl who came in the wheelchair felt so included and happy inside the bus that she wrote an article and sent it to the local newspaper. Everyone wanted to know about the little girl and the Dragon Bus. The Princess met the little girl after reading her article and she wanted to see Sparky. The Princess's visit made Sparky happy and she was glad she was different and special.

Justin Wyatt and Keiron Ward bring the story alive and palpable to readers with their magical illustrations filled with color and charm. It is wonderful to see Sparky having a story of her own to tell the other buses. This is a good storybook to help children accept their differences and celebrate them. Tutors and parents can use this book for read-aloud sessions in classrooms and homes to encourage children to appreciate their differences and uniqueness in a positive way. The fact that the story is based on a real bus makes it even more special to readers.