Sparky The Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Rachel at for organising this tour and to Sue Wickstead for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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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.

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My Thoughts

When Sparky was chosen for a special project she was a little anxious and unsure.  Lots of changes make Sparky worried what the other buses will think but she has no need to worry as she is about to be transformed into the most precious bus of all.

I have read all of Sue’s bus picture books and loved them all dearly but Sparky has just found a completely special place in my heart.  As a SENDCo my heart just melted at the way Sparky has been designed to be inclusive to children with physical disabilities.  Following the little girl as she longingly explored Sparky’s exterior and the feelings she went though when she found the ramp to board was so heartwarming.  even more exciting was when she realised she could use the slide.  Many people don’t realise how much of a precious gift these small alterations can be for people.

As usual with Sue’s books, the pictures tell as much of a story as the words.  The illustrations capture the full delight of each bus and really allow the reader to explore Sparky in a visual way.  The pure delight of each character is perfectly etched into each picture too.

A wonderful tale of inclusivity in a world where it has never been more important.

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Author Bio – Sue Wickstead

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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.

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  1. I just loved your review and am pleased that you jumped aboard the bus journey.
    I loved my own Playbus project and was lucky to meet a few other mobiles too, one of which was the real Sparky.
    There is something so magical about the Playbus ride.
    In our playgroup we were often referred children form other playgroups, who did not settle. The cosy calm playbus was definatley a specila place.
    We went on to offer support in schools and in after school settings.
    Thank you for your review

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