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Thomas is a fussy, cheeky little tank engine whom we meet here for the first time. He proves to be such a Really Useful Engine that he is given a Branch Line all to himself....

Title : Thomas the Tank Engine
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ISBN : 9781405203326
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Thomas the Tank Engine Reviews

  • Maggie Hesseling
    2019-05-28 07:40

    I love this book mainly for the illustrations. Thomas is a naught Engine, but is playfully young. The stories are simple and have a lesson to be learned in each. What makes this edition so wonderful though is the interesting introduction in this 70th anniversary edition. It's a wonderful collectors item for any train lover (or big little kid).

  • Erik
    2019-06-11 03:43

    Decent stories with good art, although I think the artist changed for the later Thomas stories. I don't see anything here to explain the mass appeal though. Thomas isn't a very nice character for most of it and the stories just aren't very memorable.

  • Connor
    2019-06-09 01:52

    Amazing character development. This is really really good.

  • Gail
    2019-05-20 02:35

    I must admit, I've been avoiding this one. I have never had the slightest interest in Thomas the Tank Engine. I didn't even realise it had started as a series of books - I just thought it was a TV series, and one that had never interested me, either in childhood or adulthood. Stories about cars and trains and any other type of transportation have never held the slightest interest to me. Probably partly because I hate travelling, and partly because I am not interested in cars and trains and planes. I could say that they are more a boys' thing, but I'm not sure that's a stereotype that really holds true. I know females who are interested in cars, trains, bikes, etc. I know males who have no interest in them. And as for myself, I'm a female who generally doesn't fit the stereotypes, so there's be no reason why this dislike of cars and trains was due to my femaleness.But I digress. I made myself read this wretched book. My first impressions, in the first few pages, were: 'I knew it. Look - it's using all kinds of train jargon that I don't understand or care about! Funnel. Boiler. Dome. Coupling. I don't like it.'But then, bizarrely, it kind of grew on me. There is something quite amusing about trains being given the personalities of boisterous, competitive, squabbling little boys. And there is actually some character development going on with Thomas. He starts off as a bit of a know-it-all, but he begins to realise he doesn't know it all, and wants to learn and become a useful engine. Inasfar as it's possible to become fond of a fictional piece of machinery, I became quite fond of him. And even learnt a bit about trains in the process!I imagine these stories were influenced by The Little Engine that Could , what with the engines having egos and personalities, and the fact that often the engines repeat themselves three times, to produce a sort of chugging rhythm. But it takes the whole concept a lot further, in stories, in personalities. One thing that particularly struck me was the importance of teamwork in the stories. The coaches and the engine have to work together to run smoothly. Being rather mischievous, they play tricks on each other - and while the tricks will no doubt entertain young readers, they also illustrate what happens when people don't work together! So it's kind of like a hidden moral, rather than an in-your-face one.So, in all, I was surprised to be quite entertained by this book.

  • Andy Hickman
    2019-06-06 06:50

    “Thomas the Tank Engine”Well, here he is! The central character of this series.Part naughty, part heroic, part comedian.

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-05-25 00:39

    This is one of a series of books that is the "original" Thomas The Tank Engine series from "The Railway Series" I have really enjoyed the other books of Thomas but LOVED this original book. It has four stories in this book and they 'introduce' Thomas to the readers-listeners. Rev Awdry dedicates this book to his son saying how he hopes he likes them because he helped him write them. I thought that was really sweet! Am so glad a Daddy making stories up for his son decided to share them with us, nearly 70 years later!My 2 year old granddaughter loved this book as we sat and I read it to her. Want to add it to my list to purchase too....

  • Amy
    2019-06-12 02:04

    I won a brand new sealed copy of this book off drayton manor on twiter via there competition. I realised when it arrived that there wasn't that many of them made and therefore it would be worth something in the future if left sealed.I looked on ebay to try and find one to read to my son who is thomas mad but most were £20+, I wasn't paying that price. But I managed to find one for £4.95 that was used which I bought.When it arrived me and my son sat down and read it. It's a really nice book and explains the history of thomas the tank and some of the engines, and has a couple of stories in it as well.

  • Suzanne Moore
    2019-06-04 07:44

    Thomas the Tank Engine was a favorite of my grandson when he was young. He had a Thomas train set and we would buy him the storybooks of this train's adventures whenever we visited. I loved reading these stories to him for nap time and we spent hours playing with the train and little train station. It was so fun reenacting the stories with his play set. The adventures of Thomas the Train always have a moral lesson for good character. I miss playing with my little grandson, who is now a big boy. Now we have fun in other ways when we get together, but this book brings back lots of good memories. Choo! Choo!

  • Ben Valentine
    2019-05-24 03:57

    Great little book introducing us to Thomas the Tank Engine.Written to show how a little engine wanted to go on to bigger and better things and how he finally achieved it by hard work, learning from mistakes and not giving up. A moral that all children can still learn even now.Historically correct in the fact that tank engines like Thomas used to bring carriages into and out of stations for much bigger engines, they were used to haul goods trains from one goods yard to another and could be called upon to move the breakdown train too.Based on real life incidents that happened around the UK. A great little read

  • Emkoshka
    2019-06-18 00:53

    I grew up watching the 1980s BBC TV show about Thomas and his friends and loved it, but I'm not sure I ever read the books. This is a sweet and nostalgic collection of the original Thomas tales from 1946, which are beautifully evocative of an English railway system and countryside that still exists in some ways today.