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The Christmas Play Rehearsal by Sue Wickstead #Review #Children’s #Picture #Christmas #Funny



Title: The Christmas Play Rehearsal

Author: Sue Wickstead

Published: September 24th, 2018

Target Age Range: 3 to 8 years

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is a fun read with only twenty pages, lots of pictures and so many memories for anyone who has been involved in plays or stage productions with younger children. I suspect that it will particularly appeal to parents and teachers as it triggers so many funny memories – well, it certainly did for me! Younger children may enjoy having it read to them but I actually think it might appeal even more to older pupils who are able to read it themselves and giggle at their own memories of Christmas plays they have been involved with. The language used might also be more appropriate for them. Even the pictures encapsulate the funny events and add to the enjoyment of the story.

I really enjoyed reading and sharing this story and have no hesitation in advising parents and primary teachers to grab themselves a copy to have a laugh at whilst remembering their own experiences of endeavouring to manage or watch Christmas plays and to share the story and their memories with their children. I suspect the children will also enjoy it and be laughing whilst reading it.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my review after choosing to read it – and laughing all the way through doing so!


It is Christmas time, and the school has been getting ready to perform their Nativity play.

With lines learnt and songs to be sung, it is time for the dress rehearsal. The teacher knows there might be a few problems to sort out, but at least they will know what to improve on or change along the way.

Purchase Links

The Christmas Play Rehearsal  https://amzn.to/2zPugqt

Sue Wickstead’s other books on Amazon

Amazon .co.uk http://bit.ly/JJKSupersonic

Amazon .com http://amzn.to/2BxvU2l

A Spooky tale .co http://amzn.to/2Dq6P5X

A Spooky tale .com http://amzn.to/2zGGBtR 

Jay-Jay the supersonic Bus  http://amzn.to/2DyvTrO

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure – e book http://amzn.to/2BWINPD

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure http://amzn.to/2CdNEjO

Jay-Jay and the Carnival http://amzn.to/2E3Z6LL

Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus https://amzn.to/2NljxHY

Author Bio

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

Social Media Links –


Facebook: – Author Page http://bit.ly/2kEEhPq

Twitter https://twitter.com/JayJayBus


Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read this book and enjoying it bringing back so many memories!

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4 comments on “The Christmas Play Rehearsal by Sue Wickstead #Review #Children’s #Picture #Christmas #Funny

  1. Sue Wickstead
    December 2, 2018

    Thank you for your review.
    I am glad it made you laugh, despite a few problems with our play , it certainly made me laugh too.
    Perhaps not quite at the time but certainly with a ‘phew’ at the end.


  2. carhicks
    December 10, 2018

    We are practicing the Christmas Play at our church, this would have been a hoot to read to the kids before we started. I should get one for our church library.

    Liked by 2 people

    • bicted
      December 10, 2018

      Thanks, Carla – I’d read it to them after it is all over so you don’t give any of them any more ideas before their performances! Hope they all go well 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sue Wickstead
    December 15, 2018

    I hope everyones Nativity play went well in the end and at least you did it.


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