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Sparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead - Book Tour & Review

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Sparky the Dragon 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 Review
Sparky the Dragon Bus is a special double-decker bus that is meant for kids to play on. It's full of fun and games, and kids can have as many adventures as they want. The fun never ends with Sparky!
At first, Sparky is hesitant about being different. But then a young girl in a wheelchair visits Sparky and proves that being different isn't so bad. Not only does the girl get to have fun and play with other kids, she also shows Sparky that there's no shame in being different.
I liked the message the book sends. It's a great lesson for kids, and it showcases kindness and inclusiveness. The other kids help the wheelchair bound girl, and they happily play with her while visiting the bus. 
The illustrations are great, and the story itself is a quick, fun read. I quite liked it. As did my son.
5 stars!

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
Facebook  - Playbus page

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  1. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for Sparky the Dragon bus. I love reading what others think.
    sparky was indeed a special Playbus project that once worked in Glasgow.
    i am pleased to hear your son liked it too.


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