16 Sept 2023



All aboard! 

Tickets please! 

Today the Daisy Daydream Playbus Blog Tour stops by Pen and Paper.


Target Age ...  Children {3-9 years}

Genre ... Children’s Poetry and Rhymes book

Publication Date ... 1st September 2023

Estimated Page Count ... 30

Standalone Book

Order Link ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bus-Rhymes-Playtime-Sue-Wickstead-ebook/dp/B0CBNLR7D3/

Have you got your ticket ready?

Where shall we go today?

Why not jump on board the bus

– come along to sing and play.

So, take your seat as off we go.

What could happen along the way?

A compilation collection that sees a selection of new rhymes and stories alongside others from a number of her other books, many of them featuring the joy of a bus ride though David's Bin Day and Bathtime Adventure along with, our personal favourite, Barty Bear, also put in appearances.

Whether captured in short and snappy rhyme or depicted in bright, bold illustrations that accompany the verse so beautifully, as we have come to expect from the the author this is a fun filled read full of vivid imagery that is sure to delight.

That many of the pages featured a 'bus ticket' that prompted reader discussion {'Where would you like to go on a bus ride?', 'What toy would you take on a bus ride?' two of the 'tickets' that come to mind} an added bonus and one that the little bookworms really enjoyed. 

Nanny, Nanny!

There's a witch on the bus

And she's casting lots of spells.

She's stirring up her cooking pot, 

And making lots of smells!


- pg 22

Most of all though there was The Spooky Bus Ride, which, each verse beginning with the words 'Nanny, Nanny!', saw everything from a witch, a dinosaur, a bear and a gorilla onboard a bus. Needless to say this provided hours of hilarity as the little darlings changed Nanny, Nanny! to just about every other adult they knew {Mammy, Mammy! possibly their favourite}; the older ones also substituting the things onboard the bus to any other number of other things; the oldest also the activity being done to create ever more complex rhymes. 


Sue Wickstead lives in West Sussex, UK and writes children’s picture story books.

Sue's stories are inspired by her adventures with a Playbus as well as her experiences as a teacher.

The Playbus was a real double-decker bus full of toys, arts and crafts, as well as a lot of fun to play on.


Sue wrote a photographic social history book about the project which led to her story telling and her writing. All of Sue’s books do have a bus included in them somewhere. Daisy Daydream was the bus that Sue painted and the start of her Playbus and writing journey.

When not writing Sue builds models with Lego (especially for her grandson), she loves spending quality time with her young grandson and enjoys creating models to share with him on his visits.

Her grandson features in the book ‘Barty Barton; the bear that was loved too much’ which was published in 2020. He also helps his Nanny Sue to sing along with a few of the rhymes sue has written.

Many of Sue’s books have been entered and shortlisted in ‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards’, the book ‘A Spooky Tale’ was a silver medal winner in 2019. The story was written with her class in school.

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With thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for another Blog Tour. Agree or disagree with me, all opinions are my own. No financial compensation was asked for nor given. Threats of violence towards my favourite teddy bear went unheeded as did promises of chocolate.

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Anonymous said...

Aww 🥰 yes my grandson loves the spooky tale rhyme as well as the book.
He loves singing along with Nanny, and yes you can certainly personalise the songs too.

Kelly said...

Children love rhymes and this looks like a delightful book!

nightwingsraven said...

This sounds like a wonderful compilation
of new and old bus rhymes and stories by
Sue Wickstead. And the artwork looks truly
I will definitely keep it in mind and thank
you for your excellent review.

Anonymous said...

Loved hearing how you played around with the spooky bus ride rhyme.
Indeed that’s what we did too.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I like this post and the spooky bus made me smile

Shooting Stars Mag said...

This looks really cute. Love that it includes some discussion questions throughout.

Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

Sue Wickstead said...

Aww. My grandson and I are hoping to go on a Spooky (Half-term) bus ride.
Nanny will take him to the place that 'A Spooky Tale ' was inspired by.
Where would your Spooky Tale start?
Not just for Halloween!