We were recently kindly gifted Granny Franny’s Big Red Bus, written by Sonia Beldom, and we’ve read it several times since it arrived in the post. It could be the new favourite in our house!
Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, this light-hearted, engaging and action-packed story book is aimed at 3 to 7 year olds, with 10% of the sales going to bus-related charities. Whilst George isn’t quite 3 yet, he enjoyed it (as did Max - 7 months old - too) just as much.
Quick Story Overview
Without giving too much away, the story involves Granny Franny buying a bus to surprise her grandchildren for their birthday and learning how to drive it with help from a rather humerous onboard talking button named “Thinkerbell”. Whilst learning to drive, Granny Franny gets into a sticky situation and faces some obstacles. Will she get back in time for her grandchildren’s birthday?
I love stories that have a meaningful message behind them. The message behind this story is that it's important to care for and help each other in times of need, something that is obviously important to teach children as they grow up.
The story behind the book and how the author, Sonia Beldom, came to write it is inspiring. You can read all about it and Sonia's background here.
What an absolutely lovely and humerous book. The story and eye-catching illustrations are fun and George was constantly pointing out different parts of the pictures.
He was particularly impressed with the part of the story that mentioned a dinosaur. He is dinosaur obsessed. George is also a fan of anything that has wheels, so this story was right up his street with the various types of vehicles mentioned.
Granny Franny is such a wonderful character, she’s a Granny many children might wish for themselves. She’s fun and exciting, everything that children love. Franny is obviously a Granny that likes to spoil her grandchildren.
I personally like that there was some rhyming in the book as Thinkerbell spoke, which makes it fun to read to small children. The illustration of Thinkerbell on one of the back pages was particularly funny as George tried to press the page and was wondering what would happen when he did. You’ll know what I mean when you read and see it for yourself (I don't want to give anything away).
It’s a big thumbs up from us. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Granny Franny’s Big Red Bus to George and Max and I think they enjoyed it being read to them just as much. I've always thought it important to read to them from an early age and this is a lovely addition to our story book collection. One that will be picked up again and again.
If you’re looking for a book that will entertain all of the family, this is the one. Hopefully there will be more adventures from Granny Franny in the near future......
Purchase your copy of Granny Franny's Big Red Bus here.