Tom’s Magnificent Machines + #Giveaway

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. Having 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 loves 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 weight of the world in 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.

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Tom’s Magnificent Machines

Review Feature



  1. Corinne Henson
    January 10, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    My boys love chitty Chitty bang bang so would have to be a flying, sailing style car I think

  2. Katie B
    January 10, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    Some kind of engine. They love cars and things that move, maybe a magical steam train

  3. alltbeithe
    January 10, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    A machine that would put all the clothes back in the drawers and all the toys back on the shelves!

  4. Solange
    January 10, 2019 / 10:55 pm

    A homework helping robot.

  5. Anthony Harrington
    January 10, 2019 / 10:59 pm

    I would make a vehicle that would fly and then turn into a boat to sail on the seas and have some fun adventures with my little Grandson

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    January 10, 2019 / 11:30 pm

    Has to be my favourite chitty chitty bang bang – would also be adaptable for space adventures

  7. Sarah M
    January 11, 2019 / 12:46 am

    Something that would take you underwater so you could enjoy the wonderful ocean with out getting wet

  8. Rich Tyler
    January 11, 2019 / 2:22 am

    A spy fly-on-the-wall robot

  9. Jo m welsh
    January 11, 2019 / 6:58 am

    A machine that tidied away all their toys when they had finished they would love it and so would I.

  10. Ursula Hunt
    January 11, 2019 / 9:40 am

    I would invent a bed making machine to stop me nagging every morning for him to straighten up his bed

  11. Nikki Stewart
    January 11, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    A toy tiding robot!

  12. Julia Kerr
    January 11, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    A machine that can tidy up so we don’t have to

  13. Justine Meyer
    January 12, 2019 / 9:31 pm

    A tidying the bedroom robot

  14. iain maciver
    January 13, 2019 / 2:37 pm


  15. January 13, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    A flying train it would have to be
    My little grandson is train mad

  16. Priscilla Stubbs
    January 13, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    A robot to clear away the toys, they are put back in the box a dozen times a day by me!

  17. Cara Baker
    January 13, 2019 / 7:16 pm

    A talking car in the shape of a cat with dragon wings so it can fly, bright purple in colour apparently x

  18. Jo Carroll
    January 13, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    A get up, get washed, dressed, ready for school machine…a bit like Wallace invented in Wallace & Grommit 😉

  19. maria
    January 14, 2019 / 12:39 am

    a robot that does the hoovering

  20. Tracy Nixon
    January 14, 2019 / 5:12 am

    A flying robot unicorn for my daughter to ride and fly on!

  21. January 14, 2019 / 9:18 am

    ‘The Museum of Vehicles Made From Things Not Usually Used For Making Vehicles’ is a great title for a museum! I absolutely love the illustrations in this book :o)


  22. Ruth Harwood
    January 14, 2019 / 10:14 am

    A paper maker using plastic bottles as fuel and to make the paper!!

  23. January 14, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    They would probably invent something to make themselves snacks or sweets! Thanks for the chance x

  24. Laura Pritchard
    January 14, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    A machine to build Lego cities!

  25. Claire Nutman
    January 15, 2019 / 10:21 am

    A magnificant flying machine !

  26. Iris Tilley
    January 15, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    Granddaughter said a Flying train

  27. Susie Wilkinson
    January 15, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    A machine to transport you from one place to another without losing time.

  28. Shirley Lumley
    January 15, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    Fabulous, yes please

  29. Christina Palmer
    January 16, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    A flying, talking car that will take you anywhere in the world.

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