BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Gloria The Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead @JayJayBus @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #childrensbook

OMG I’M SOOOO EXCITED to bring you another children’s book review ! I absolutely LOVE taking part in these! This is such a fun book that I really hope you enjoy my review!

The Cover

The Blurb

Gloria is a special Playbus.

She is painted with bright colours that makes her stand out. Now she is ready for a summer of fun, but will Max enjoy the adventure.

Why don’t you join in the fun, too?

My Review

This was such a lovely, yet fun read! Not only this but I love the little lesson behind the story about giving things a go, and not pre-judging and just getting involved and trying new things!

My eldest son Harry is 3 1/2 years old and this was PERFECT for him! I was worried it may be a little long for his age but it wasn’t! He was so engaged all the way through! The language was basic enough for him, there was plenty of dialogue to change voices, and tonnes of descriptive words that I used use my voice to emphasis and he sat and listened and enjoyed all the pictures from start to finish!

The illustrations were beautiful and so colourful and really portrayed the way Max was feeling well and I can’t believe how much the picture of the Bus in the story looks like the real thing at the back!

When I was reading it I remember thinking WOW wouldn’t this be an incredible thing if this is was real! How amazing it would be for so many local communities to have something like this! And then turn to the back and there is it the REAL Gloria, the REAL fun bus! I wish we had something like that round here I’d totally get my children involved! He loves anything transport and it’s such an amazing idea!

I love how Gloria had feelings and the way the author describes her being hurt is how I describe it to Harry! I say things like ‘Don’t hurt the bus that’s not nice’ like he has feelings! I just think it’s an amazing way to try to teach children about damaging things and making them think and consider what they are doing!

Honestly I absolutely LOVED this story and have seen the others from the Author in the back on the book and I’d love to buy them for my children! Such a lovely little story, even though I wanted to give Max a kick up the bum (not physically I must add) to start with (his mum was so laid back) but also fun, and colourful with an amazing little lesson!

Definitely one I’d recommend and I could not even THINK of giving it any less than a very worthy 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ when it really managed to grip my crazy, on the go, excitable toddler the WHOLE way through!

About the Author

Award Winning Author 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 which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.

Gloria is the most recent book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place for children to meet and to play.

How to Contact the Author

Web site :

Facebook: – Author Page

Facebook  – Playbus page



Purchase Links



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Amazon USA:


Barnes and noble:


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So how fun was that right? I’m so lucky that I have children and can get them involved and it means I also get to enjoy children’s books 😀 I feel like I missed out on so many years of enjoying children’s books before I had them! But I feel soooo very honoured to have been able to take part in this tour because I now LOVE this children’s author!

Thank you to the Author for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review ar to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for another amazing opportunity !

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum


Welcome to my blog, I am a mum of 2 beautiful boys, who lost all of her passions and hobbies by dedicating all of my time and my life to raising my 2 boys. It’s taken me 3 years to realise I can still enjoy some of my hobbies as well as raise them and even involve them to! I love to read, I always have from children’s books, to factual crime, to local and world history (although my knowledge is terrible), to all fiction especially crime, thriller and horror. I have decided to start blogging and reviewing books, and meeting some of the authors that may be starting out like myself and my blog to maybe even some of my favourite Authors! I hope you enjoy this journey with me and support me along the way! Please sit back and enjoy my reviews and here is to a new start of making sure we look after ourselves as well as our children!

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