Gloria the Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead – Review

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We are back with a review of Sue Wickstead’s *Gloria the Summer Fun Bus. You may remember our reviews of Sue’s other children’s books – Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus and Jay-Jay and the Carnival. We are huge fans, such happy and feel-good stories!

Gloria the Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead - Review

Book Description

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?

Gloria the Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead illustrations

What We Thought

Another wonderful children’s story from Sue Wickstead. There is something truly special about her stories. This one – Gloria the Summer Fun Bus is inspired by a real Gloria bus. You can read about this at the back of the book. A nice touch!

Max, a little grumpy boy is one of the stars of this book. Sorry but we think the main star is Gloria of course! Hehe! So Max is a moody little boy who doesn’t want to play on the play bus. He think’s it’s for “babies” His younger brother cannot wait to join his friends inside.

But seeing the children have so much fun, we think Max feels left out, so he gets on to play. Surprises himself by having lots of fun and now wonders why he was like he was. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it comes to mind!

L is now learning to read, so has thoroughly enjoyed reading Gloria the Summer Fun Bus with me. She is getting really good at picking out words now. It’s a lovely book with fantastic colourful illustrations, and perfect for reading together.

A well deserved 5 out of 5 stars from me.

Where Can I Buy?

Gloria the Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead illustrations

Author Bio

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.

Award winning author

Social Media Links

Web site :

Facebook: – Author Page

Facebook  – Playbus page



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One thought on “Gloria the Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead – Review

  1. Thank you for joining Gloria for her blog tour. I absolutely love the cheery face of your young reader.
    It certainly has been an eventful summer so far.
    the message of safe and inclusive play is definately something we need this year!

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