A Spooky Tale: A Walk With Our Teacher by Sue Wickstead

Published April 25th 2018

Synopsis: When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go…
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
why did the class not feel well?
Read the book to find out.

   5 Stars:

I read this to my grandchildren (3 & 6) and they both enjoyed it for different reasons. The 3 year old is infatuated with monsters right now, she loved seeing what was coming next. Even though they were not all monsters, she loved them. She also repeated the last line on each page, “That’s why we didn’t feel well!” When we finished, she asked me to read it again and was thrilled when her brother got home from school, so we could read it again with him. The 6 year old loved that they were on a walk with their teacher and he was fascinated with the map. After we read the story, I had to go through it page by page so he could compare it to the map. The illustrations were amazing. They were large and colourful with a lot of detail. This makes for a great Halloween story, but would also be a fun book to read with students before going on a neighbourhood walk. I definitely recommend this one to families, schools and public libraries. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources, upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK – Amazon US – Waterstones – WHSmith – Foyles – Barnes & Noble 

About the Author: 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.

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