[Picture Book Review] Barty Barton by Sue Wickstead

I’m very happy to be on the Barton Barton blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources!

There’s a UK giveaway as well.

Barty Barton front cover

My Review of Barty Barton

Do you have a special toy that you absolutely adored as a child? Have you loved it so much that you couldn’t bear to give it away? Do your children (if you have any) play with the toys you used to play with as a child?

Barty Barton is a wonderful, cute story about a young boy, Thomas, and his favorite toy, Barty Bear. As Thomas grows up, Barty feels worried about his future. Over time, Barty has become misshapen and shabby. But he’s given a makeover by Thomas’s mother. Will Thomas keep Barty with him? This book is all about that.

Barty Barton brought back memories of my childhood and my favorite toys. Sadly, only a few of them have survived the wear and tear of the years. It is such a joy to see your children playing with the toys that you loved so much.

The illustrations are simply beautiful and remind the reader of the simple joys of life. The text and the pictures play around with each other on every page, making for an enjoyable reading experience.

The story flows gently and smoothly and I can imagine my son listening to it wide-eyed. (I haven’t read it to him yet.) If you have young children at home, this story would be a treat.

Barty Barton will open up discussions about belongingness, insecurity, love, and loyalty in age-appropriate language. What a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about these concepts in simple terms that they can understand!

(I received a copy of the book from Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources with a request for an honest review.)

Blurb of Barty Barton

Barty Barton: The bear that was loved too much

What happens when we outgrow our teddy bears?

Should we let them go?

Thomas loved his teddy bear, but over the years, Barty had become tatty and old. 

However, Barty was no ordinary teddy bear, and he wasn’t about to give up on being loved.

Barty Barton Purchase Links



amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Sue+Wickstead&ref=nb_sb_nos

Amazon .com https://www.amazon.com/s?k=sue+wickstead&ref=nb_sb_noss

Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/gloria-the-summer-fun-bus/sue-wickstead/9781916392304

Barnes and noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gloria-the-summer-fun-bus-sue-wickstead/1136923441?ean=9781916392304

About Sue Wickstead

Sue Wickstead

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 (ten to date) which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.

Gloria is the most recent bus book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place to play and to meet other children. (published 2020)

‘Barty Barton; the bear that was loved too much’ was also published in 2020. Barty was written for both her son and grandson.

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

Social Media Links –

Web site : www.suewickstead.co.uk

Facebook: – Author Page https://www.facebook.com/storiesSue/

Facebook  – Playbus page https://www.facebook.com/BewbushPlaybus/

Twitter https://twitter.com/JayJayBus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayjaybusbooks/

Giveaway to Win a  Lego bear and some teddy bear colouring sheets (UK) plus a few more goodies.

Barty Barton giveaway prize

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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2 thoughts on “[Picture Book Review] Barty Barton by Sue Wickstead

  1. Thank you for your review.
    Barty is much better now after his repairs and is no longer shabby.
    I was pleased to hear how Barty’s story made people think about their own childhood toys full of memories.

  2. Such a sweet little book this is. I am sure I would love to read it! My children are grown now and yes they still play with my childhood favourite toy, especially the plastic elephant.

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