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Cover reveal: Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead

Sparky the Dragon Bus
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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Here’s the cover!!!

 

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/
Website : www.suewickstead.co.uk

 

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Cover reveal: Paddy and Pedro

Get ready for the wonderful cover for ‘Paddy and Pedro’, my first children’s book for quite a while, that I’ll be publishing on 17 March.

The blurb

Not many people have a penpal who’s a llama, but Paddy does. And not many people’s penpals actually come to visit them, but Paddy’s does.

Kind-hearted, geeky, chess-mad Paddy is thrilled to bits to find Pedro the llama on his doorstep in his tiny Irish village one morning, and his Great Aunt Maureen Mary Margaret (Gammy for short) who is minding him, is delighted to find Paddy’s handsome owner, Carlos, there too.

Pedro is a big hit in Paddy’s village and sees off the bunch of bullies who are pestering Paddy. Llama spit is truly awful stuff.  Paddy now has massive street cred.

Then Paddy and Gammy are urgently summoned by Gran to help out in a dreadful emergency. Gran lives in Windswept Cottage, possibly the windiest spot in Ireland. Carlos and Pedro, and not forgetting Seamus the guinea-pig, come along for the ride too. But they soon wish they hadn’t because suddenly everything’s either up in the air or going downhill rapidly. Add in a lottery win, an evil twin and over-enthusiastic police officers, and things get very exciting!

The book is fun, lively and action-packed, and perfect for young, confident readers.

And now the cover…

The artwork is by Kim Hazel Shaw, who illustrated all my children’s books published by Mentor. It’s lovely to be working with her again.

So, remember the date and be on the look-out for ‘Paddy and Pedro’ in all Amazon stores.