Saturday, 16 May 2020

Tom's Magnificent Machines by Linda Sarah - illustrated by Ben Mantle - reviewed by Damian Harvey

Here's a lovely review from (usually) star school viiting author Damian Harvey, discovered in the archives today. Thank you, Damian. (Ed.)

Seeing this book in the library I thought it was new, thought it's actually been around for a while now. After reading it I thought it was well worth bringing to your attention if, like me, you missed it when it when it was published. 

Tom lives with his dad in a lovely house by the side of a lake. They love making things together, especially things that move. What started with a simple go-kart pulled with string soon moved on to much bigger things and the house is filled with inventions – including a roller coaster with bath tub cars. But most of all, Tom’s dad works hard to ensure that the house is filled with fun and laughter. On the walls we see pictures of Tom’s Mum and Dad graduating, getting married, and holding baby Tom. But other than in the pictures, there’s no Mum to be seen.

When Tom’s Dad loses his job, a change comes over the house and Tom feels that he’s lost his ‘funny, smiling dad.” Things go from bad to worse when Dad announces that they will have to leave their house but Tom is determined to do something. Together they change their house into ‘The Museum of Vehicles Made From Things Not Usually Used For Making Vehicles’ and people come from far and wide to see all of the weird and wonderful inventions that the two have made.
Just when things seem to be getting better, and Dad announces that they can stay in their house, a huge whirlwind strikes and destroys everything. “Why can’t good things ever stay the way they are? Thought Tom.”
But Tom and Dad aren’t about to give up yet as they have one more idea up their sleeves…
 Linda Sarah has written a beautiful story that is full of hope, love, the joy the imagination and the determination to never, ever give up on your dream of happiness. Ben Mantle's detailed artwork perfectly compliments the story and brings it alive.

Reviewed by Damian Harvey

www.damianharvey.co.uk

Twitter @damianjharvey




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