Jay-Jay and His Island Adventure

Jay-Jay and His Island Adventures

Dear Readers,

What a delightful children's book! Such a cute story about a bus who bumped his bottom!! :-)

About The Book

Jay-Jay is no ordinary bus. 
His journey is full of play. 
He is a Playbus, he brings fun and adventure to the children wherever they are.
A safe place to play where children can use their imagination and explore.
Once a real bus his story has been told in many schools.
"We wish he was still here," the children say. "We would love to go inside!" 
Well, you can and he is, even if only in fictional form, his story goes on.
The real Playbus proved so popular that the idea was copied by many other play projects.
Always bright and colorful, they stood out from the rest and knowing they were different, the children and other users would come along to look inside and explore to find out what was on offer.
The real Jay-Jay was much loved and fondly remembered.
His fictional story continues.

Illustrations from Jay-Jay And His Island Adventure

Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

Illustration from Jay-Jay And His Island Adventure

Book Review

Jay-Jay is a special playbus who happily greets the children everywhere and all the children excitedly run to him! While inside, children feel warm and cozy, enjoying playtime with special books and wonderful toys. This time, the fun adventure begins with a new destination, an island to discover pirate fun! First, Jay-Jay must get aboard the ferry boat. I love the beautiful illustrations and the word crafting describing how the double decker boat feels about the bumpy ride! Once Jay-Jay reaches the island, the real fun begins as the new children come aboard to find a magical pirate island. 
The author has written another great story of treasures and happy memories! 

5/5 stars! Highly recommend! My 4 grandsons love this book!

Author of Jay-Jay and His Island Adventure
Author Sue Wickstead


Have you ever been on a Playbus?
Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuffed full of toys and imagination! When my two children were young they attended a playgroup on such a bus and as a volunteer, I became involved with the committee running the project. The bus really got into my blood and became very much a work of the heart. I ended up painting the bus, as well as working in the groups and raising the profile of the project and its work. As part of the committee and later as play-worker, I was involved in raising necessary funds to replace the old bus with a newer project. It really was a fun journey to be involved in.
curious and asked lots of questions about the playbus. This led to me telling a story which I eventually wrote down. Jay-Jay is the fictional story to go with the actual project.
I have other book ideas in a draft or indeed still in the telling but for now, I can turn my attention to the next part of my bus journey!

The Real-Life Jay-Jay

JJK 261 was once an ordinary, AEC Regent, a bus traveling around Eastbourne. The Girl Guides Association bought the bus in 1977 with money from the Queen's Silver Jubilee Community awards fund. The bus was taken to Gatwick Airport where Engineering Apprentices converted the bus for play.

For many years it worked in the local town and was much loved by those who knew it. The Playbus was initially called "Supersonic Bus" and many people came from all over the country to find out about the project which led to many other projects being set up.

The bus did indeed receive an award from the Queen, www.suewickstead.co.uk

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Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

If you're interested in more of Sue Wickstead's writing, here's another children's book we enjoyed, called Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus. Learn how Jay-Jay was rescued from a scrap yard and magically transformed into a playbus.

The Real-Life Jay-Jay

JJK 261 was once an ordinary, AEC Regent, a bus traveling around Eastbourne. The Girl Guides Association bought the bus in 1977 with money from the Queen's Silver Jubilee Community awards fund. The bus was taken to Gatwick Airport where Engineering Apprentices converted the bus for play.

For many years it worked in the local town and was much loved by those who knew it. The Playbus was initially called "Supersonic Bus" and many people came from all over the country to find out about the project which led to many other projects being set up.

The bus did indeed receive an award from the Queen, www.suewickstead.co.uk

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Hope For Each Day: Book Review

Hope For Each Day: LadyD-Books Review

Book Description

“Every day I turn to the Bible to give me strength and wisdom for the day and hope for the future.” —Billy Graham
Let Billy Graham, one of the world’s most beloved pastors, daily guide your child in understanding the truth of Scripture and trusting God’s great love.
Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids presents the same messages of the bestselling devotional for adults in terms children can understand. Each day’s devotion corresponds with the theme and Scripture of the adult devotional, making it easy for families to share devotional time together.
Bring Billy Graham’s cherished wisdom and message of hope home for the child you love.
Hope For Each Day

Book Review

What a wonderful devotional for older children, ages 6-10! I'm going to give a copy to my 9-year-old grandson for his birthday. It's so well organized with daily scripture reading and engaging questions for young believers. I love the bold turquoise lettering of the title for each day, the beautiful cover art, and the bright yellow bookmark.  I especially enjoy reading the questions asked for personal application, like "How do we do this?" Then, answering with "By following Jesus every day of our lives! The end notes consist of 30 Days With Jesus and 90 days Through The Bible. Plus, you will find a two-sided page for your journaling. The hardcover devotional is great for home and Sunday School library. On my grandson's special day, he will be reading 'Let the peace of God rule in your hearts." (Col. 3:15) 

5/5 stars. Highly recommend.

Hope for Each Day

I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Happy reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Your Magnificent Chooser: Review

Book Description

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Illustrations: Your Magnificent Chooser

Book Review

It is a beautiful journey for individuals and also for families to discover their unique dance in making choices. Once a mother says goodbye to his or her kindergartner at the bus stop, she has released her precious child to the world of choices at their school, along with their peers. There are tons of books written about the human will but what I applaud enthusiastically is John Ortberg's biblical approach to the age old battle of 'self on the throne' and the beauty of knowing God's ultimate will for us. What's so spectacular about this well-written children's story is a clear foundation in naming self, Chooser. The author successfully weaves our ability to make choices every day and farther down the road when we're a bit grown up, hopefully, we will want to choose God's very best for our lives.

Children will see whether they're shy or an extrovert, they can choose their favorite clothes to wear or when they're tired and want to go to bed. The beauty of making simple choices, like reading a book can develop into a lifelong passion in reading books. You see, your choices get better and stronger. 

I love the book. It's the right size, the right amount of pages and the illustrations are bright and refreshing. For those who find difficulty in making choices, and perhaps make some wrong choices, the heart of the story encourages you to begin anew! I highly recommend the book for home and Sunday School library. It's brilliant for little minds! You see, doing things God's way and making wise choices is the best decision and He promises He'll come and help us, too.

5/5 stars! Love the book. Highly recommend!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

About The Author

John Ortberg: Your Magnificent Chooser


John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of All The Places To Go; Soul Keeping; Who Is This Man?; The Me I Want to Be; Know Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You've Always Wanted; Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Now that their children are grown, he and his wife, Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to care for their souls.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (March 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496417429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496417428

Lady D 

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

When God Made You: Review

About When God Made You

YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.
From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.
Written in playful, charming rhyme and brought to life with vivid, fantastical illustrations, young readers will be encouraged and excited to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin create for themselves.
‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

Listen to the children on YouTube... When God Made You.

Illustrations: When God Made You


Matthew Paul Turner has successfully written an encouraging love letter to children everywhere explaining their purpose in beautiful rhyme and simple prose. Children everywhere will embrace their own uniqueness, creativeness, and special talents. On the wonderful journey of self-discovery, while learning who they are and building upon why am I here questions, excitedly the children will discover and share with one another the Biblical truths that bring them joy. The illustrations enhance the story line perfectly. Beautiful colorful detailed pages will encourage kids to dream, and to celebrate being YOU! The story is so life affirming! Children of all ages will choose to celebrate life and see that their gifts and talents can help someone else! I especially like, "So be you - fully you - a show-stopping revue. Live your life in full color, every tint, every hue!" What a marvelous foundation for parents and grandparents to share with their children that a loving God delights in the creation of every child! My favorite line in the book, "'Cause when God made you, this much is true, the world got to meet who God already knew."

5/5 stars! Loved the book. Highly recommend for home and Sunday school library.
Every child needs this book!!

I received the book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

The book will be released, February 28 and you can order it here,

When God Made You

Illustration: When God Made You

About The Author

MATTHEW PAUL TURNER is the author of sixteen books. He lives with his wife Jessica (TheMomCreative.com, The Fringe Hours) and their three children in Nashville, TN. 

He explains why he wrote the book here on YouTube. When God Made You.

DAVID CATROW is an editorial cartoonist whose vibrant illustrations have appeared in more than seventy children’s books, including several New York Times bestsellers, such as I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More and I Like Myself. He makes his home in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

Book Illustrations: When God Made You

When God Made You: Book Illustrations

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Book Review: Good Good Father for Little Ones

Inspired by the #1 hit song “Good Good Father,” as heard on Chris Tomlin’s new album.
“Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like . . . but I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night . . . and you tell me that you’re pleased . . . and that I’m never alone. You’re a good good Father.”
Experience the truth of God’s love for His children in refreshing, heartwarming ways through the children’s board book Good Good Father for Little Ones, illustrated with stunning art by Lorna Hussey and penned by Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett.
With sweet, rhyming text, Good Good Father for Little Ones explores many of the attributes that make God such a good, good Father: like a warrior, He protects you; like a teacher, He helps you learn and grow; like a doctor, He makes you feel better; like a farmer, He provides the food you need; like a musician, He brings you joy. Most of all, a good, good Father loves you!
Based on the children’s picture book Good Good Father, this precious rhyming adaptation will leave little ones with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him.

Back of Book: Good Good Father for Little Ones

Board Book

Book Review

As a grandmother of 5, I especially wanted the little ones to understand the character of God with a simple story line, word pictures they would remember, and a connection with warm illustrations. I found this charming book to do just that and more! The good news of God's love for His children has a fresh approach in comparing a Father as a lion (like a kind and fair king) who is sometimes like a warrior protecting you; like a teacher (friend), who helps you learn and grow; like a doctor (healer), who makes you feel better; like a farmer, who provides the food you need; like a musician, who brings you joy. I especially like this part being a piano teacher and playing the keyboard on worship teams for over 30 years. I love to worship and Chris Tomlin is the best! Most of all, a good, good Father (like a daddy) loves you! This story answers in a wonderful way many questions little ones have regarding what a good, good father is like. The board book has great cover art and within the 24 durable pages is a precious story that will warm hearts of all ages!

5/5 stars! Love the book! Highly recommend it!

About the Author

With 10 albums, 13 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” and most recently, “Good Good Father,” to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20–30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship. More than anything, Chris loves being a husband to Lauren and a daddy to Ashlyn and Madison
Pat Barrett is a husband, father, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He is the worship pastor of Grace-Midtown Church and cowriter of the #1 song “Good Good Father.” Pat also travels with Housefires, a worship expression based out of the Atlanta area.

I highly recommend this one for Sunday school and home libraries. Excellent for gift-giving, too.

Happy Reading!

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Devotions for Easter: Book Review

Devotions for Easter

Book Description

Prepare your heart and mind to celebrate the risen Savior.
It’s time for fresh spring blossoms, colored eggs, special recipes, and family gatherings. This year, with each tradition, small celebration, and a new story, take the time to stop and discover the ways Jesus is showing His love for you. In remembering His Easter story—the greatest story ever told—your own will become that much sweeter.
The perfect companion for Lent, Devotions for Easter invites you to find the messages of hope and mercy God places in even the smallest moments of the season. Forty days of warm, inviting readings, prayers, scriptures, and beautiful images will take you through Christ’s journey toward the cross and the miracle of His resurrection. As new life emerges all around you, let your heart be filled with joyful worship of Christ and the renewal He brings.
Book Illustration from Devotions For Easter

Book Review

I love devotionals and this one is elegant! You will enjoy forty days of inspiring scripture reading and be renewed with vision and purpose. There are so many lovely images that will take your breath away. I can't think of a better way to enter the Easter season than diving into the pages of this book and focusing on God's love for you. Then share it with others with gift giving and placing it as a coffee table read. So many blessings inside that will take you on a deeper journey with Christ's resurrection. In addition, the perfect size book touches upon our favorites this time of year. Such as coloring eggs, hiding eggs, Easter baskets, and an Easter Parade! I love the book and I'm very pleased with the new fresh approach of His Easter story! My favorite line, "Help me live in such a way, Lord, that everything about me gives me away as one of Yours."

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!

I received the book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Illustration: Devotions For Easter

Devotions For Easter

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe: Review

If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe: Carole P. Roman

Hop in our time travel machine and join Carole P. Roman as she visits a Viking settlement in the year 890 AD. 

Learn what your name could be and the kind of food you might eat. Read about the different levels of society, how they affect where you would live, and the type of clothing you might wear.

Mateya Arkova's beautiful illustrations illustrate what Vikings ate and their children did for fun. 

If You Were Me and Lived in.. Viking Europe is an exciting trip that shows a colorful culture through the eyes of a child.

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in... was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

My Review

Living in Northern Europe like the town of Norway over 1500 years ago was so amazing! As the hearty seafaring people went on expeditions, the people began to spread out and populate. The children will discover the Vikings, Scandinavians, and Norsemen. There are interesting word
origins to learn, along with classes of Viking families because family is so important to Norwegians. You can see ship illustrations, animal horns, a loom, and a bow and arrow within the well-paced storyline. I like the endnotes that tell of some important Vikings in History and the glossary is most useful, too. My favorite line: "You measured your age by the number of winters you lived through."

This book is filled with facts about the people and their culture. So much useful information for young people (late elementary-middle school) and adults, too.

I enjoyed the book and will share it with my 8-year-old grandson. We have a few friends that are Norwegian. I learned a lot from the author and enjoyed the soft pastel illustrations by Mateya Arkova. Such a wonderful engaging activity for the children to learn history!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!

Special thanks to Carole P. Roman for sending me her book for review!

If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis