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When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go … But… What could possibly go wrong? why did the class not feel well? Read the book to find out.
A Spooky Tale –
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I adore Daisy and Jay-Jay but I was really excited to read a different type of story by Sue Wickstead this time.
A Spooky Tale tells the story of a class who reluctantly embark on a walk around the area. My absolute favourite part is that this was a book put together by a real class of children and their ideas for an adventure that were collated and then tinkered with by Sue.
At the beginning of the book is a map which shows the children’s travels and that can be followed throughout the story. This is a great ideas as children can refer back to it during the story and I guarantee they will also be inspired to create their own maps of adventurous and imaginative journeys. It’s such a brilliant talking and discussion point.
The story itself is one that will remain a favourite in any classroom or household and I can fully imagine that it will be elaborated on and added to over time by children across the country. The hilarious events that take place on the walk and the feisty characters will capture the hearts and mind of adults and children alike.
This is all brought to life by the funny and fabulous illustrations that accompany and provide depth to the story.
A fantastic addition to any book shelf and one that I am certain will be enjoyed over and over again.
Author Bio – Sue Wickstead
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/