Thomas and the Royal Engine – Book Review

Thomas and the Royal Engine – Book Review

Thomas ans the Royal Engine

Thomas and the Royal Engine

Author – Based on the series by Rev. W. Awdry
Publisher – Egmont
Pages – 32
Released – 30th April 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-0755500437
Format – paperback
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
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Join Thomas and the Fat Controller on a very special journey in this beautiful picture book!

The Fat Controller has been invited to London to be given an award by the Queen! Thomas must take him to his destination, but they are faced with many obstacles along the way. They even meet a shiny royal engine named Duchess, who is also in a big hurry! Will Thomas get The Fat Controller to London’s Victoria Station on time?

Accompanied by stills from the upcoming TV special, The Royal Engine, and a cover illustrated in the Awdry tradition, this brand new adventure is bound to thrill fans of the little blue engine.

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To celebrate seventy-five years since the very first Thomas the Tank Engine book was written by Rev. W. Awdry, Egmont has published a book based on a TV episode which sees the Fat Controller heading to London to meet the Queen to collect an award.

On the way Thomas ends up very dirty, as does the Fat Controller, they also help a train in distress, the Duchess of Loughborough which just happened to be carrying some very important people.

It has been a long time since I have read a Thomas the Tank Engine book, give that my youngest is fourteen now. The book has been written by Laura Jackson and is written in the style of Rev. W. Awdry, I must admit I think she did a fine job given what I remember about the original books.

The sizing of the book is quite large, but I like this in a children’s book. The illustrations are all stills from the episode the book is based on and work well.

It is a very lovely story that I am sure Thomas the Tank Engine fans will enjoy. It is lovely to also have Thomas and the Fat Controller getting some recognition for their services and for the Queen to appear too.

Book Reviewer – Stacey


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About the Author

The Thomas the Tank engines stories were created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, who was born in Hampshire in 1911. He grew up close to the railway and was convinced that the steam engines all had different personalities. He used to imagine conversations between them. Later when he was grown up and his son Christopher became ill with measles, Wilbert told stories Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends to entertain him. Christopher asked for more and more stories and Wilbert began writing them down.

The first of the Railway Series books was published in 1945, and Awdry wrote 26 Railway books in total before his son, Christopher, took over the series. There have since been multiple, hugely popular, Thomas the Tank Engine TV series and films.

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