World Book Day 2017 ! Dress like Beatrice and the London Bus (and the London Eye too!)

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And, win amazing London themed prizes!
Prize 1: a flight on the London Eye with your entire class (one capsule) sponsored by
COCA-COLA London Eye, 
Prize 2: a guided Bus Tour across London on a real Routemaster Bus sponsored by the CLASSIC TOUR,
Prize 3: a visit to KIDZANIA sponsored by KidZania London,
Prize 4: 30 Beatrice and the London Bus MAPS sponsored by Daily Fairy Tales Ltd,
The competition is open to kids individually and to schools SK1, SK2, SK3
Send your pictures by the 10th of March, 2017
The winners and winning classes will be announced on the 22nd of March, 2017


About the Beatrice and the London Bus book Series


Top ten Children’s Books about London” In the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland it’s great to see another child heroine taking on a traditionally male task. She shows personality and determination, hence she is setting an example for young girls.” London Mums Magazine
“Bus book arrives with day out competition –  A tribute to London and its transport heritage, Beatrice and the London Bus books aim to help youngsters learn about self-acceptance while overcoming obstacles, embracing their imagination, learning about the world of the grown-ups, about city heritage and  history in a fun and entertaining way” Laura Kate Burgoine – THE WEEKENDER LIFE magazine/ Southwark NEWS
“ The series is excellent – a great way to teach children about our wonderful capital city, and really enjoyable stories too. A really imaginative story that encourages us all to hold on to our dreams.  Beatrice is a lovely character and she takes such pleasure in her exploration of London, that she will enthuse others too” Parents in
‘We’re thrilled that the Coca-Cola London Eye has been included amongst Beatrice’s travels!  This is a great book for getting children engaged with our wonderful city.’ Coca- Cola London Eye on Beatrice and the London Bus book series and drawing competition. Sponsor of one of the competition’s prizes October 2016 and  March 2017

                                      ABOUT BEATRICE

Beatrice character World Book Day


9-year-old Beatrice has a dream, she wants to be a Bus driver and drive a talking London Bus across London. As her dream come true, she will come to discover a city full of secrets and secrets inhabitants; talking buildings and tourist attractions who all have their own souls, dreams and problems. Yes, lots of problems and they  complaint about all day long with the Mayor of London who has a couple of terrible secrets of his own, while the Queen of England ….





 Wear a red length skirt and wear a white top.  You can add a blue strip on the skirt and the top bottom of your t-shirt and on your neck, if you want but it is not obligatory. Wear some blue trainers with pink laces. How to make the Bus Driver band: get a standard hairband, then  get a cardboard and cut our a rectangular pice, write on it BUS DRIVER and colour it as you like it. Then Cut out the shape of two little rear mirrors, colour them as per the image on your left and stick them with glue on the corner of your hair band. Same with the Rectangular Bus driver, stick it on top of it. And now Take a picture! If you have the book, or you can buy in your nearest Waterstones Bookstore, take a picture as you hold the first volume of Beatrice and the London Bus and send it over to by the 10th of March 2017. Don’t forget to wear your Beatrice costume at school on the World Book Day and invite your friends to join the comp and dress like the characters too! You will increase your chance to win the a ticket for 30 kids on the London Eye and a ticket for 30 on a Bus tour!



BUS COLOUR WHITE BACKGROUND_Dresslike the London BusLONDON BUS RM 168 Via Waterloo, is an (Imaginary?), is the last Routemaster Bus left in London and in the World who is only friends with the brave and the Bold! He is a talking London Bus only special people con great imagination can see and hear talking. He is grumpy and always a bit feed up about something, mostly about all the complaints he need to hear all day long from the city’s secrets inhabitants: talking London buildings and tourist attractions who always seem to confide in him for the solution of their problems. He is very afraid of the Mayor of London who wants to get rid of him as he thinks is way too old, till one day he finds a way to survive the attempts of the Mayor to get rid of him and send him to the scrapheap. He becomes Beatrice’s trusted friend and together they embark on the most adventurous journey that has ever been written before about London! After all the already best ones that have been written by other authors, of course! The Author says! Something important! We forgot to mention that his home is the super Wonderful London Transport Museum in Covent Garden! There you can find the three volumes of Beatrice and the London Bus books! And don’t forget to visit the museum inside and ask them if they have seen RM 168 via Waterloo! They’ll probably say that they never heard of him but don’t worry, it is just because it is a secret that the LTM it’s his home! So they will pretend they never heard of him!



Here is a suggestion! Get a white sheet of cardboard big enough to cover you half of your body back and front, length at least, when you fold it. Fold it in two parts and draw the London Bus face at the front and its backside part. Draw any face of your liking. It is your London Bus! Make the best London Bus in town, but don’t forget to write RM 168 via Waterloo on the top, not Pictures! No Rides! and to draw his Bowler hat and his hanging spoon which he uses to eat Tiramisu!! You can also draw the wheels or part of the wheels and the steering wheel. So check the image on your left for inspiration. Once you’ve finished to draw it, colour it, the back and the front. Then cut a half moon right at the top of the folded cardboard so that you can create a hole to wear it as if it was a jumper! And don’t forget to take a pictures and send it to PS: don’t hesitate to make your costume in other ways if you got new ideas! Just dare! Have fun and ear it!

                ABOUT THE LONDON EYE!


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Well, what can we say about her? You can read everything about her in Volume n. 3 of Beatrice and the London Bus, The Conquest of London. OK, she is mighty, beautiful and HUGE! We know that.  She is the most beautiful female attraction in town and everyone in Beatrice’s London seem to have a bit of a crush on her, you know… all those other guys nearby …. Westminster Palace, Big Ben, the MI6, even Buckingham Palace – and she knows it! But the one who has the biggest crash of all the London Bus who is secretly in love with her. She has a problem…though and with the Mayor of London and she went on a fun-strike. Will Beatrice and the London Bus manage to help her and solve her problem? Check out volume 3 – Beatrice and the London Bus – The Conquest of London!



Get a white sheet of cardboard big enough to cover you half of your body back and front, knees-length at least as you fold it. Fold it in two parts and draw the  face of the London Eye, don’t forget to draw her lovely cabins or capsules and. Draw the front and the backside Part. For inspiration on how to draw it check out the image on your left. And then colour it as you like! Make the most wonderful London Eye costume in London, in the entire world and in the entire planet. Then cut a half moon right at the top of the folded cardboard so that you can create a whole to wear it as if you were wearing a jumper! Don’t forget to get pictures of yourself wearing the costume, by yourself or with your friends and to send it to PS: feel free to create your costumes in other way, with fabric if you like, but don’t forget to make her beautiful eyes, mouth and her lovely cabins/capsules! Or, and her hands too!! Have fun!!!



Beatrice and the London Bus Book signing

 Cecco Angiolieri Book school event! 
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A note to the children who have attended.

Many thanks for coming along to meet me in the most wonderful venue,
The London Transport Museum!
It was such an honour to share with you stories about what inspired
the writing of Beatrice and the London Bus books and the creation of my characters.

I hope you have already started reading volume one and mostly that you are enjoying
Beatrice’ s story about her dreams, especially the dream she has to become a bus driver of a talking bus
and drive around her city to discover many wonderful things.

I hope, it’ll help you remember that not matter how weird, uncool and strange your dreams
and your imagination might appear to others ,
you should trust them and cherish them.
just like Beatrice does.
She does in fact becomes a Bus driver and really embarks on some wonderful adventures about
her wonderful town, LONDON, and with a trusted friend –
a special talking London Bus only special people can hear-
people with a great imagination.

As long as your dreams
matter to you,
and to the people who love you,
it is what matters the most.


Francesca Lombardo


and the LTM staff,
for enabling me to
meet you all,
by hosting this event on Saturday.

London Transport Museum – Children’s book Signing


Win London Map Colouring Books

&  The Classic Tour free tickets!


Sat December 17, Sat 12-3pm
Meet Francesca Lombardo, the author of the newly launched children’s book series Beatrice and the London Bus on a one-to-one 5-10 minutes session with her: she will talk about how to use imagination to write stories, about what inspired the creation of the book series and the fictional characters and of course, about Beatrice’s dreams and adventures about town with her bus friend. You will also have a chance to take part to the day competition and win a spin off Beatrice and the London Bus’ London Map or the book series spin off colouring book: The London Map Colouring Book! Wrap up this exciting experience with a visit to the London Transport Museum! Free entry for KIDS.
 To find out more about the universe of Beatrice and the Bus and its amazing characters, read more reviews and articles, visit the website:
To find out more about the London Transport Museum visit the website.
THE EVENT is FREE but to confirm attendance and to book a one-to-one 5-10 minutes chat with the author slot send an email to

About the book series


Nine-year-old Beatrice has a dream: she wants to become a bus driver but also turn a model of a Routemaster Bus into a real talking London Bus only special people can hear. Together, they’ ll travel around the city, discover its most hidden secrets and meet its very mysterious inhabitants. What if you could turn a Routemaster model bus into a real talking London Bus and become best pals? Drive the talking Routemaster Bus and together discover London’s most hidden secrets, find out everything about the city’s most intriguing tricks and traps, and meet all its mysterious inhabitants? 

The London Transport Museum Gift shop

Don’t miss the magical new arrival at the London Transport Museum gift shop!
The Beatrice and the London Bus book series! all the three volumes!
A magical journey through an inquisitive child who embark into a series of Sunday drive with an imaginary yet, incredibly real friend: a Talking London Bus, a Routemaster Bus that has made the London Transport Museum as his home – across London to discover the city secrets and its mysterious inhabitants!
As you take a stroll around the shop, there is plenty of London inspired and Bus inspired gift ideas for Christmas!
Plenty of choices and, just like Beatrice’s says

“Model Buses are not just for toddlers!”

“Do not miss to visit the Beautiful


this Christmas”

Francesca Lombardo



The Apple market is a pure treat and delight for children and grown-ups alike!

If you happen to be in London for Xmas time, you must check out the wonderful

stalls full of amazing craft on sales. You will discover so many wonderful artists

and artisans.  Read here what Londonist’s suggestions on the seven things

you might have not done  in Covent Garden!



TOP 10 Children’s books about London


Top 10 children’s books about London?

Beatrice and the London Bus

Londonmums Magazine
Read the Review


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London based Italian author Francesca Lombardo brings enjoyment, hope, courage, determination and urban culture to young people with her newly released children’s book series – Beatrice and the London Bus. Her stories resemble a modern London take of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with lots of humorous, inspiring and empowering contemporary fairy tale features and a classic feel for children and parents alike. It all kicks off from Beatrice’s dream of becoming a London bus Driver. In the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland it’s great to see another child heroine taking on a traditionally male task. She shows personality and determination, hence she is setting an example for young girls. The book series also encourages children to develop the fundamental aspects of social responsibility making them familiar with the aspects of being part of an important community, like the one of a big city like London. The book series has even received an endorsement from the Culture team at the Mayor of London’s office. They said: “We very much enjoyed the Author’s story idea and we really appreciate her enthusiasm and passion for London. We wish the very best of success to this wonderful story.” The Author is not stopping there and is currently writing BOOK 4 and 5 which will see Beatrice and the London Bus travelling through Paris, Rome, New York, Las Vegas, LA and other countries around the world (China, India). We cannot wait to read those stories! Francesca is also working in partnership with some London Children Charities for a series of activities related to the books. Beatrice and the London Bus book series is available from Amazon and





BFG by Roald Dahl has been adapted into a movie!

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The BFG -favourite Roald Dahl’s book of author of Beatrice and the

London Bus  which has also inspired her about the friendship between Beatrice

and her mentor the London Bus has been adapted into a movie with Mark

Rylance as the BFG by Steven Spielberg.


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2016 will see a major movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s iconic story THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg. “THE BFG has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades,” said Spielberg in a statement. “We are honoured that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story.” The movie will be written by Melissa Mathison, who last teamed up with Spielberg on “E.T.”. It will be produced for DreamWorks by Frank Marshall with Michael Siegel and John Madden as executive producers. Production will begin in early 2015, with a planned release in 2016 – the year which marks the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.” Luke Kelly, Roald Dahl’s grandson and incoming Managing Director of the Literary Estate, says: “Roald Dahl’s family and literary estate are both delighted that Steven Spielberg will bring his inventive genius to directing the story of the BFG and that one of Roald’s most beloved stories and characters will be brought to the screen in 2016 – a year when we will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s Centenary!” THE BFG was first published in 1982, though the character of the dream-blowing giant first appeared in print seven years earlier in Dahl’s novel DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD (1975). The B(ig) F(riendly) G(iant) is one of Roald Dahl’s most loveable creations. He’s a friendly, dream-blowing giant with enormous ears – enabling him to hear “all the secret whisperings of the world” – and a passion for “snozzcumbers”. “frobscottle” and “whizzpopping”. When the BFG snatches Sophie from her orphanage, she is in for the adventure of her young life, which ranges from encounters with fiercer man-eating giants to breakfast with the Queen of England. THE BFG was Roald’s own favourite amongst his own books, according to his widow Felicity Dahl. The book is also Sir Quentin Blake’s favourite of his many collaborations with Roald Dahl. When illustrating the tale, Blake struggled to find the right shoes for the BFG to wear – in the end, Roald sent him one of his own giant Norwegian sandals to inspire him. It did the trick and the sandal is now proudly on display at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, UK

Beatrice and the London Bus book 2 is out!

Beatrice and the London Bus

The Secrets of London -Volume 2 is


buy it on Amazon



Beatrice has a secret – many actually – and she keeps them all to herself, apart from sharing them with her best friend forever Mark, of course. What are these secrets? THE SECRETS OF LONDON. Every Sunday Beatrice embarks on a new crazy adventure with her friend Routemaster Bus 168 via Waterloo and discovers a city she has never imagined existed. She is captured by sloppy secrets spies and helps a mysterious talking telephone box resolve her secret problem. She meets the Mayor of London who has TWO BIG SECRETS of his own, plus he plans to get rid of the old London Bus. But if she can figure out how to help him, he might spare her friend from the scrap heap! She discovers the secret of making money in the City where she meets a charming Captain on a secret marshmallowing mission. She goes on a mega shopping spree at Parrots Store where she gets into serious trouble, making the London Bus terribly worried. But that’s not all. She finds out about the secrets of Hampton Court, King Henry VIII’s old summer residence. London is not the city everyone thinks it is ….