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A fabulous book. Granny Franny is a great character, every child would love a granny like her. She takes her grandchildren on a big red bus to see the sights of London for a birthday treat. As a granny myself, it reminded me of playing 'buses' with my own grandchildren when they were younger. Maybe the Big Red Bus could do future trips around some other places. Big, bright illustrations and a story told in rhyme, makes this a really fun book to encourage children to make their own 'buses' and go on their own adventures.
Chris Woolfenden, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Granny Franny is always surprising her grand children, Jax and Ronni, with sensational stories and surprise days out. One day she decides to do something super special for their birthday. She buys a big red bus to take them on a magical mystery tour of London; what she’s forgotten is that she can’t actually drive a bus. She then meets Thinkerbell, the talking bus bell, and everything changes. Then it starts to rain … a lot.
This children's picture book is inspired by real life events when the author drove heritage buses around London's landmarks in her spare time in bertween producing TV programmes and coaching clients in presenation skills.
This is a book about the unbreakable bonds between grand parents and grand children. It's about being kind, tenacious, adventurous, brave, learning new things and team work. This first story introduces Granny Franny, her grand children Ronni and Jax and Thinkerbell the talking bus bell. It's the story of how Granny Franny first bought her bus and is the first in a series of adventures that takes everyone in the family on incredible adventures at home, overseas and maybe even to the moon.
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This is a fun book. The story is easy to understand and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. I enjoyed it and I'm sure children will too!I'd definitely buy it for my granddaughter. Full review
Inspired by her own experience of learning to be a bus driver, the author has created a lively and colourful story that is full of fun. The illustrations are a delight and even the font is bright and bold. It is lovely that the book was written during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the proceeds going to charity. Full review
This is a lovely story about twins, Jax and Roni and their Granny Franny. The illustrations are fantastic. They are very colourful and show how certain parts are very funny. Full review
“It’s great that Sonia’s experiences driving our buses gave her the idea to write these stories.
I love this book; the pictures are great and it deserves to be a huge success – Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2
"In my opinion, children’s books are mediums in which we, as adults, can connect with children and pass a message across in a way that they’ll appreciate its significance. That said, there should always be an essential lesson for children to learn while reading, and much to my delight, this book justified that requirement. I felt that children could learn a lot about resilience and not giving up, as portrayed by Granny Franny, in her efforts to overcome the obstacles she faced while returning with the bus. With this book, children can also develop the spirit of helping other people in their time of need. Additionally, another central piece of a children’s book is its ability to be understood by its readers. I figure the writer made a fantastic showing in such manner by including beautiful diagrams that make sure to get the thought of youngsters. The language of the writer was furthermore praiseworthy, as she utilized a casual composing style along with Thinkerbell’s comical inclination that makes certain to reverberate well with kids. I enjoyed reading it to my nephew. This book makes sure to take youngsters on an excursion through their minds. The book is additionally expertly edited and I rate Granny Franny’s Big Red Bus four out of four stars, and I prescribe it to kids between the ages of four and eight. - JKO, Online Bookclub **** reviewer
“I thought the story was funny – especially when they got stuck in sticky mud” – Joseph, 5
“The children in my school love this book; we are using it to teach them about transport,
compassion and storytelling” – Paola Burgess, headteacher Grange Community Junior School
“Really love this book and the illustrations. A must-read for all the family and I’m looking
forward to more adventures with Granny Franny” – Nigel Plaskitt, Exec Producer ‘Monty & Co”, CBeebies
"This has been super as an ebook for some of our children, particularly given the bright, eye catching colours and the fast paced story line but what struck me was the use of various reading rules, which reinforces for our students some of those sounds that they have begun learning to recognise and master. There are reminiscences of Topsy and Tim and the Magic Roundabout but Granny Franny holds her own as an individual, adorable, super fun and a pretty awesome heroine. I am looking forward to introducing our students to more adventures with Granny Franny!" - Delia Gascoigne, Director Hampstead Dyslexia Clinic.