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Lovely #Children’s book – Barty Barton: The bear that was loved too much by Sue Wickstead

What happens when we outgrow our teddy bears?

Should we let them go?

Thomas loved his teddy bear, but over the years, Barty had become tatty and old. 

However, Barty was no ordinary teddy bear, and he wasn’t about to give up on being loved.

My Review:

What a lovely story for sharing! It is a story about a much loved teddy bear and his makeover after years of hugs have taken their toll. It is a story which shares Barty’s fears, how his friends support him and who gives him hugs now!

The book is beautifully illustrated with appealing, colourful pictures – some of which, I’m happy to say, include a toy bus reminiscent of this author’s earlier stories each about a different playbus. It is a story that youngsters will easily relate to and for older ones (and adults) it will evoke memories of their favourite teddy bears, too. It is another great story for bedtime at home or for sharing with friends in school.

Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

Author Bio – 

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began.

Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.

Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name and has now been followed by more picture books (ten to date) which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.

Gloria is the most recent bus book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place to play and to meet other children. (published 2020)

‘Barty Barton; the bear that was loved too much’ was also published in 2020. Barty was written for both her son and grandson.

Some of Sue’s books have been entered and shortlisted in ‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards’, her book ‘A Spooky Tale’ was a silver medal winner in 2019. It is a story written with her class in school and is aimed at the younger reader. 

Social Media Links – 

Web site : www.suewickstead.co.uk 

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/

Giveaway to Win a  Lego bear and some teddy bear colouring sheets (UK) plus a few more goodies.

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3 comments on “Lovely #Children’s book – Barty Barton: The bear that was loved too much by Sue Wickstead

  1. Lexi Rees
    June 9, 2021

    I was glad to see the bus sneak in too!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Carla
    June 10, 2021

    This sounds so sweet.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sue Wickstead
    July 2, 2021

    Thank you for your review. I wondered if anyone might see and understand the bus joining in too.

    Liked by 1 person

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