The Repair Shop Stories: The Toy Bus

By Amy Sparkes

Illustrated by Katie Hickey

Step into the The Repair Shop in this heart-warming tale about a very special toy bus.

Elsie and her little brother, David, love watching the red buses that drive past. David longs to be able to toddle up to see them a little closer, but he has cerebral palsy and finds it difficult to stand. One day, Elsie has an idea to buy David a beautiful, big red bus to play with and encourage him take his very first steps. And now, in The Repair Shop, Elsie hopes that the team can restore the beloved bus ready for her little grandson to take part in the magic of his first steps. A heart-warming family tale based on the real story of a very special toy bus, featured on best-loved TV show, The Repair Shop.

Categories: Character and Series

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529504774
  • Published: 02 Mar 2023
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 288 x 248 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'Even if you haven't seen the show, it's still a lovely read - and fans of the series will enjoy recognising everyone from Jay Blades to painter Lucia Scalisi. The illustrations are colourful and the story is uplifting - perfect for bedtime.' The Independent, syndicated through NewsChain

'Featured in The Bookseller's children's previews for March 2023' The Bookseller

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

'A lovely story of Elsie's unselfishness and David's persistence and determination. […] Even if you've never seen the programme this is a book which children and readers are both going to enjoy.' The Bookbag

'A heart-warming story which can be shared across the generations.' Read for Good

'Amy writes another fantastic book based on a story from The Repair Shop […] Katie Hickey has done a fantastic job with the illustrations which draw you even further into the story. A wonderful book!' ReadingZone

'An uplifting story [...] both children and adults can enjoy this moving tale and spend time exploring Katie Hickey’s heart-warming scenes.' Red Reading Hub

'Absolutely lovely.' The School Librarian

'This is the second book in this series of repair shop stories and I can’t wait to see more. I really love the stories told and the magical way that something as simple as repairing an old toy can really make such a special story for kids to read.' The Strawberry Post

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