A few weeks ago, I spotlighted the first Jay-Jay bus adventure. Well there are five more in the series and, since I’m Scottish, the story behind his Island Adventure caught my attention …
Over to Sue …
‘Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure’, was originally written for a Scottish book bus.
‘Play,Talk, Read’ was the project which visited remote areas if Scotland to encourage reading in the very young. It was a great success and the bus even visited the Shetland Islands travelling on a very small ferry.
The children had never seen a double-decker on their island before and certainly not one to play on.
However, the Scottish project was too busy with referendums and with the book ready and edited, I changed the name of the bus from Benji, sending Jay-Jay instead, and relocating to Spain.
The island on the cover of the book was based on a piece of mainland Spain which I have visited many times. Cap D’Or is the promentory near to a little village of Moraira.
The villagers in Moraira invited me to read this book in their library and local schools. The people in this little village were surprised to find that Jay-Jay was a real bus. Now all of the books are in the local library in both Teulada and Moraira.
I haven’t got much more to say than for the first Jay-Jay book: this is a super positive story for readers ready to start tackling longer books, but reluctant to let go of the pictures. The illustrations are gorgeous in a lovely traditional style (think Famous Five rather than Charlie & Lola or Neon Leon). For parents and teachers, if you’re bored to tears with Biff and Chip, please add this to your reading pile!
Of course, as a Scot, I wish it had stayed in a Scottish island, but Jay-Jay relocated well (which fits neatly with my recent blogs on expat life!)
Creative Writing Workshop
Sue and I are doing a creative writing workshop at the Festival of Chichester on Saturday 29th June where we’ll plan a journey, and make some badges to go with it. Do come and join us!
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