Troubador Harvey and the Moon Bus

Released: 28/02/2018

ISBN: 9781788038980

Format: Paperback

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Harvey and the Moon Bus


“Harvey is a grey cat with big green eyes and a long bushy tail, who loves wearing his favourite pair of blue dungarees. What a lovely sunny morning, Harvey thought, just the sort of day for an adventure.”

A beautifully-illustrated story about anthropomorphic animals who have a fantasy adventure together.
An underlying theme and moral message which is the importance of helping people.
A fantastical adventure story for children 5-7 years old.

Harvey sees his friends, Chester and Nelly, heading for the corner shop and boarding the Moon Bus, so he decides to join them. Harvey sits next to a grumpy grey rabbit. The Moon Bus takes off and flies through space and lands on the Moon and they all head off to The Moon Rock Sweet Emporium in Moon Crater Alley. 

Harvey loses Chester and Nelly – so when he sees the grey rabbit heading for a nearby circus tent he decides to follow him, where he meets a small mouse called Gretel. But they only have 15 minutes to reach the Moon Bus before it leaves for the day!

Gretel tells him the magic mats on the Helter Skelter will take them to the Moon Bus really quickly. The magic mat flies over the cobbled streets towards a huge crater but Gretel falls out of Harvey’s pocket and starts plummeting to the ground. Harvey manages to grab her safely. As the Moon Bus is about to take off, Harvey uses the last of his three wishes to catch it and jumps on board.. They look out of the window and see the grey rabbit running along the runway after the Moon Bus… But will he catch it in time?

Harvey and the Moon Bus will be at the Buckingham Community Centre, Small Hall, Buckingham MK18 1RP on the 17th March 2018, 10am-4pm. The 22nd September 2018, 10am-4pm. The 8th December 2018, 10am-4pm.

Coles Bookshop in Bicester will be stocking copies of the book, and will be doing a 'local author' book display. We will also be having a 'Harvey and the Moon Bus' evening event in the bookshop. Date and time to be confirmed.

Snettisham Primary School in Norfolk are delighted to be receiving a copy of Harvey and the Moon Bus for their 5-7 year olds 'Reading Corner'. The children will hopefully be reviewing the book and their comments added to our 'collage' pin board which we will be displaying at future events.

Dersingham Library in Norfolk are delighted to have received a complimentary copy for their 'story corner'. They will also be reviewing the book and providing feedback.

Buckingham Advertiser

I purchased this book for my little boy Phillip (age 7 years). He loved listening to the story so much so, I am reading it again to him. There is plenty of action in this book to keep it exciting and also to keep a child's interest. Phillip loved looking at the illustrations as well, which are beautiful. Chapter 3 was his favourite. He thought the names on the sweet counters, such as 'raspberry fizzy jelly and bubble custard' was so funny and laughed so much at this - he loves the book. We will definitely be looking out for more Harvey and the Moon Bus stories.

by Claire, Northern Ireland

An enchanting book. We follow the delightful Harvey, the dungaree wearing cat, as he takes a trip on the Moon Bus with his friends. An adventure which includes not only a journey to the moon, but also a thrilling ride on a magic carpet, a mean-spirited rabbit villain and the rescue of a small mouse called Gretel. Helping others when they’re in trouble is an underlying message.
A perfect gift for children either to read for themselves or as a bedtime story. There are some charming illustrations to help keep them enthralled. I look forward to seeing the next instalment of Harvey’s adventure.

by Christine Tennent

I really enjoyed reading about Harvey's trip to the moon - and I'm a grown up!
The language and plot are a good fit for the intended age group - not too simplistic, but not difficult. And there's plenty of action to keep it exciting. The illustrations are beautiful - they are unobtrusive and don't get in the way of the text, but they perfectly capture the Harvey of my imagination.
I'm sure children will love this story, and will want to share more adventures with Harvey and his friends - I know I do!

by Elizabeth Angus

Join Harvey and his friends as he journeys to the moon, and learns about himself and his friends along the way. I loved this book - it's exciting for little ones, yet not too complicated for them to follow. Great as a bedtime story, or for first readers starting on their own reading journey. The type of book that will be a frequent request at bedtime.

by S,McEwan

I have mine now and an excellent book. An excellent author you are Jill and a great imaginative story. Well done and a must for all families...

by Carolyn Palmer

What a wonderful story with excitement and wonder. I can’t wait to read other stories and adventures about Harvey and his friends. My 2 year old niece and I both enjoyed reading this book and will continue to follow Harvey wherever he goes. A well recommended book to all who love a good little page turner!! xx

by Sophie Fennell

This is a beautiful book with fabulous illustrations. The story is magical - reminded me of Enid Blyton but without the old-fashioned attitudes! Very positive 'message' but wrapped up in an engaging story and clear, straightforward language appropriate for intended readership. I was impressed by its high standard of accuracy in terms of proofreading/editing (not always a given these days, I've found) and I personally loved the story (I'm 54!). I haven't yet read it to my four year old nephew (it is one of his birthday presents) but I will let you know what he thinks after I do! I expect him to thoroughly enjoy it, though he is possibly on the young side - depends on maturity of child, I think. I would highly recommend the book - great as a story to read to children but it would also be a lovely book for a seven year old to read to themselves

by Louise Wilford

A fabulous story with positive messages for children! My granddaughter aged 5 reads the words she can and I read the rest so great to ‘share’. She loved the illustrations and quickly picked up that she loved Harvey but wasn’t keen on ‘the rabbit’. I’m sure Katie will want this story read to her at bedtime ‘again and again’. Looking forward to more of Harvey’s adventures for us to share.

by Leigh Walton

The story is about friends and caring and the baddy didn’t win. I like all the characters apart from the ‘horrid rabbit’. I would like to know what Harvey’s next adventure will be. Will he go to the bottom of the sea? I love the story and pictures. I like the pictures of the author and the ‘drawing lady’. The author should grow her hair long!

by Katie, aged 6 from Worcestershire

Read Harvey and the moon bus over the weekend with my partners 8 year old daughter ! She finished reading the whole book in two bedtime sessions as she was so excited to see if Harvey and Gretal made it back to the moon bus in time for its departure! A purely delightful read of adventure and excitement! One very happy little girl full of gasps and sighs and giggles. From both of us!

by Wendy Warr

A good read for Grandma too
I bought 2 copies of the book, 1 for each grandchild, who are both 5 this year. I couldn't resist having a 'private' read before I pass them onto the 59, I might be a fraction outside the suggested age group but Harvey and chums transported me back to a child like eagerness and anticipation with each page turned.....brilliant storyline with such utterly charming characters... I was especially captivated by the oh so cute and vulnerable Gretel, closely followed by the acrobatic Otis and Olive in their matching outfits.....I'll be waiting at the bus stop ready for the next adventure hopefully Harvey and friends room for one more on board!

by Grandma Mead

Jill Stanton-Huxton

JILL STANTON-HUXTON grew up in Buckinghamshire and has a BA Honours Degree, a Diploma in Humanities and a Diploma in Literature & Creative Writing from the Open University. She has had non-fiction articles, short stories and poems published in magazines, local newspapers and online. Jill has been a volunteer judge on the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition for the last two years, marking stories in the 5-9 year range. She was also the winner of The Buckinghamshire Family History Society Alan Dell Memorial Award for 2013.

The idea for the characters in the book came from her own childhood and family pets. “The inspiration for the book comes from our beautiful and charismatic Norwegian Forest Cat, Macavity. He is six years old now and has become a local celebrity in the neighbourhood,” says Jill. “With so many of Macavity’s cat antics to choose from and the fact that I’m always making up stories in my head – it was only a matter of time before ‘Harvey’ materialised.”

“I plan on writing more books in the series – what adventures will Harvey and his friends go on next…only time will tell,” says Jill. Harvey and the Moon Bus is the first in a planned series of Harvey books.

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