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Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead


Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus.

Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children.

Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.




My Review:

This is another great children’s book about a bus by Sue Wickstead. This time the bus is Sparky, the Dragon Bus and the book tells how Sparky was changed from a ‘normal’ bus to become a play bus and especially how the adaptations made to it enable children to access everywhere and have fun together on it.

This is a lovely book to share with children. It is colourfully illustrated throughout and is certain to help children understand more about inclusion. It could easily be used to discuss how access for people who use wheelchairs can be improved and how they might feel when access is denied to them. It is a heartwarming read and I would hope it would help develop children’s understanding about such issues.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and finding it a great addition to the books for children written by this talented author.

Purchase Links



Free 3D bus template with book orders from Sue Wickstead’s website or direct message to author – https://www.suewickstead.co.uk/

Author Bio –

I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.

Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.

While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.

The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.

The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.

There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.

‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.

But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!

The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.

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

Social Media Links –

Facebook: – Author Page https://www.facebook.com/storiesSue/

Facebook  Playbus page https://www.facebook.com/BewbushPlaybus/

Twitter https://twitter.com/JayJayBus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayjaybusbooks/

Web site : www.suewickstead.co.uk

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One comment on “Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead

  1. Sue Wickstead
    February 12, 2020

    Thank you for joining the bus ride, this week, for Sparky.
    I loved your review and inclusion is indeed overlooked and hopefully I have done justice to wheelchair users.
    I have met a few children, on my teaching travels, who would agree too. Not just birth disabilities but perhaps a broken leg limiting mobility.
    I am glad you enjoyed the book.


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