Tom’s Magnificent Machines


Tom’s Magnificent Machines is a magically inventive, colourful and captivating picture book about the power of love between father and son.

Tom and his dad are good at making things. Their inventions start out simple, but then become very ambitious – they get faster, crazier – and usually involve wheels. Everything changes however when Dad loses his job. Sadness descends upon the house and Dad desperately, and without success, searches for a new job.  Then Tom comes up with a brilliant plan that takes their amazing vehicle inventions and creates something quite astounding – something the world has never seen before. Once again however, disaster strikes and Tom and his Dad have to come up with an even more ingenious new plan.

This is an emotionally charged and highly imaginative book that explores themes of love and support between children and their parents.  It is, moreover, great fun, with incredible inventions, crazy contraptions and a wonderfully inspiring pioneering spirit at its heart.

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Tom’s Magnificent Machines

Linda Sarah, illustrated by Ben Mantle

(Simon & Schuster)

Tom’s Magnificent Machines is a vibrant, colourful and emotionally wise picture book.  Tom takes after his Dad when it comes to skills in mechanics and construction.  They have created inventions that fill their house.  Starting small, their inventions get more complex, faster…and crazier.  Their shared skills act as an emotional connection between father and son.
However, Tom’s Dad loses his job and sadness envelops the house.  Tom can’t get his Dad interested in anything.  Then Tom has an idea that changes everything.  Sadly, disaster strikes again and the two are tested once more.  Their inventiveness and team working once more come to the fore as they plan and conceive their most magnificent invention yet.
Linda Sarah’s work also features in the wonderful ‘The Secret Sky Garden’, while Ben Mantle’s illustration grace several titles on the Bookwagon site, including ‘Kiss The Crocodile’.


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