Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William A E Ford


What they say:


With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible!

Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!

“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?

With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time!

What I say:

When the author contacted me to read and review his wonderful book I was intrigued by the concept. My own children are 24 and 25 and at the moment are some way from providing me with grandchildren. However my niece has a three year old firecracker of a daughter and I fully intend on purchasing a copy of this book for her, given that I have firmly become the Great Aunt who always buys her books!

The concept of a rhyming book works perfectly in this situation. Children enjoy rhyming books, and the rhyming in Timothy Mean and the Time Machine is charming. Timothy Mean is a mischievous little boy, and although some of his adventures include him being very naughty, I think this could be used as a teaching experience about the difference between right and wrong.

The story reminded me of Mr Benn, whose books and tv show were an important part of my childhood. Can you believe they only made 13 episodes of the tv show? In Mr Benn, he would go into the changing room of a fancy dress shop, try on an outfit and go through a door into a world where he would have an adventure. In comparison, in Timothy Mean and the Time Machine, Timothy would push a button on his time machine each day and go on a big adventure. Each of his journeys would find him in a situation where he had the opportunity to do something funny (and naughty), and ending with his return home to tell his Mummy and Daddy about his adventure.

I think this book is delightful, and I can imagine it would be a giggle-fest for children of varied ages. My son would have loved this when he was little, and I am sure my great-niece will enjoy it when she receives it for Christmas this year!

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