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Tom and his dad are VERY good at making things, but then Dad loses his job and sadness clouds the house. Until Tom comes up with a plan to take their vehicle inventions and create something astounding…
Tom’s Magnificent Machines
Written by Linda Sarah
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Published by Simon & Schuster
Life was pretty great for Tom and his Dad. They would spend hours together building things together. They have fun creating things with wheels that you would never have imagined could have been built. That is until one day Dad loses his job and quick as lightning it looks as though they will have to move house.
Tom does NOT want to move, to leave the house he lives with his Dad. So he comes up with an idea on how they can raise enough money to stay. His Dad at first is too preoccupied with the weight of the world on his shoulders. However, soon realises what an amazing idea Tom has come up with.
With a polish and a lick of paint his idea is put into action and ‘The Museum of Vehicles Made From Things Not Usually Used For Making Vehicles’ was opened to the public. With people coming from near and far to see the magnificent machines. Who wouldn’t want to see a miniature banana powered rocket?
Tom and his Dad then suffer another setback, can they find a way to rebuild?
Tom’s Magnificent Machines | Illustrations
The illustrations by Ben Mantle really help to bring the story to life. Full of character, colour and quirky details that engage younger readers. Whilst giving everyone an insight into the magnificent machines Tom and his Dad build and the fun they have with them.
Tom’s Magnificent Machines | Pioneering Spirit
An emotionally charged and highly imaginative book that explores themes of love and support between children and their parents but is also great fun, with incredible inventions, crazy contraptions and a wonderfully inspiring pioneering spirit at its heart.
Where to buy Tom’s Magnificent Machines
Tom’s Magnificent Machines is available to buy from Amazon and all other good book retailers.
About the Author – Linda Sarah
Linda grew up dreaming of being a firefighter. That was before she moved to Paris, working as a singer and piano player while raising her son. She returned to Britain and got her Fine Art degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, whilst working as a waitress and a few other small things. She then started making children’s books, which she thinks is the best job ever! (and would never have made a good firefighter anyway – as she is very short-sighted and claustrophobic).
About The Illustrator – Ben Mantle
Ben Mantle was born in Leamington Spa and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition. From there he went on to study animation at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 2003. He then gained valuable experience working on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” before moving to Brighton to work as ‘Head of Animation’ in a media company, focusing on Character and Background design.
He was also part of the Animation team creating the BAFTA-winning ‘Big and Small’ CBeebies website. Since 2008, Ben has been working as a Children’s Book Illustrator from his shared studio in Brighton and he also produces screen prints and digital artwork to exhibit. He illustrated ‘Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit’ which won the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book prize 2013.