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Tom’s Magnificent Machines

January 10, 2019

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

Tom\'s Magnificent Machines and Ben Mantle

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

A building made out of wood
A person riding a motorcycle down a dirt road

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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Review Feature

  • Corinne Henson January 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm

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

  • Katie B January 10, 2019 at 10:32 pm

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

  • alltbeithe January 10, 2019 at 10:44 pm

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

  • Solange January 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    A homework helping robot.

  • Anthony Harrington January 10, 2019 at 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

  • Margaret Gallagher January 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm

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

  • Sarah M January 11, 2019 at 12:46 am

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

  • Rich Tyler January 11, 2019 at 2:22 am

    A spy fly-on-the-wall robot

  • Jo m welsh January 11, 2019 at 6:58 am

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

  • Ursula Hunt January 11, 2019 at 9:40 am

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

  • Nikki Stewart January 11, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    A toy tiding robot!

  • Julia Kerr January 11, 2019 at 8:11 pm

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

  • Justine Meyer January 12, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    A tidying the bedroom robot

  • iain maciver January 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm


  • Sandra Fortune January 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm

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

  • Priscilla Stubbs January 13, 2019 at 6:52 pm

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

  • Cara Baker January 13, 2019 at 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

  • Jo Carroll January 13, 2019 at 8:13 pm

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

  • maria January 14, 2019 at 12:39 am

    a robot that does the hoovering

  • Tracy Nixon January 14, 2019 at 5:12 am

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

  • Catherine @ Story Snug January 14, 2019 at 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)


  • Ruth Harwood January 14, 2019 at 10:14 am

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

  • Karen Langridge January 14, 2019 at 2:55 pm

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

  • Laura Pritchard January 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    A machine to build Lego cities!

  • Claire Nutman January 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

    A magnificant flying machine !

  • Iris Tilley January 15, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Granddaughter said a Flying train

  • Susie Wilkinson January 15, 2019 at 10:22 pm

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

  • Shirley Lumley January 15, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Fabulous, yes please

  • Christina Palmer January 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm

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

  • Susan Willshee January 17, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    We’d invent a machine that could send us both back to sleep immediately after having a midnight chat!

  • Claire January 19, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Would love to win this book for my car mad daughter!

  • paula cheadle January 19, 2019 at 11:57 am

    a robot that tidies up the kids bedrooms

  • Abigail January 19, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    A sweet dispensing radio robot that dances to your favourite music!

  • astrid c January 20, 2019 at 7:22 am

    something to help tidy up!!

  • jackie cooper January 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    A robot to help me entertain my 6 grandchildren

  • Tracy Newton January 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Last week my little boy and I had great fun designing and building a Space Buggy to take to the moon.

  • Rachael Sexey January 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    A machine to fold all my laundry and put it all away

  • Roisin M January 20, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    A machine that would put away all the toys especially the little pieces tht get lost and cause no end of tears

  • Sally Collingwood January 21, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    A brushing hair machine!!

  • linda sarah January 21, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I love all these ideas! And thank you so very much for such a beautiful review – I’m chuffed to bits – it’s given me an enormous smile xx

  • Helen - From Mummy to Mum January 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    A cleaning machine – and I’m sure I’d be rich!

  • Sean eccles January 22, 2019 at 10:09 am

    The tickle machine because my boy loves tickles 🙂

  • janine atkin January 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    a robot to tidy up all the toys

  • Laura Corrall January 23, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    A cleaning machine. She hates cleaning up the lounge and putting her toys away. I hate all forms of cleaning. So a machine that did it for us would be amazing.

  • Kerrie-ann Fitzpatrick January 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    A Lego block sorter which organised them by shape and colour so we can find the bits we need really easy.

  • sandy January 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    he is planning a “communication railway” which will carry messages around our house. We haven’t yet worked out how it will manage the stairs!

  • Claire Woods January 26, 2019 at 9:45 am

    A time travel machine.

  • jo liddement January 26, 2019 at 10:07 am

    My son would love a magical machine that we could explore under the sea with.

  • abigail edkins January 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    a flying unicorn robot

  • Sheri Darby January 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    A toy tidying machine

  • Jeanette Leighton January 26, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    A robot that cleans the house kind of like an advanced vacuum cleaner

  • Faye Reed January 26, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    A motorised sledge that could pull you and itself back up the hill.

  • Gill Mitchell January 26, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    A machine that would clean the house for me, giving me more quality time to spend with the children.

  • Susan B January 27, 2019 at 5:38 am

    A machine to work its way around the house cleaning the skirting boards that the cats and children somehow make so grubby.

  • Sue Carter January 27, 2019 at 6:03 am

    My grandson loves making rockets to fly to the moon.

  • Kevin Johnson January 27, 2019 at 10:44 am

    A teleportation machine. It would be amazing to be able to be anywhere in the world whenever we wanted.

  • Charlotte Woodward January 27, 2019 at 10:46 am

    My 9 year old says if he could make a machine do anything in the world he would make it help mummy arpund the house with all the jobs and to make me a cup.of tea afterward.

  • Adrian Bold January 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I would love to invent a car that you could pull back on the steering wheel to lift off like a plane.

  • Dawn Samples January 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    A machine that cleans the house x

  • natalie Crossan January 27, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    A machine that would do the housework for me!

  • Pauline Burroughs January 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    A machine to help tidy up at the end of the day

  • Danielle Graves January 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    A machine that tidies all the toys away after we’ve played!

  • ellie spider January 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    definitely a super slide/roller coaster to get from our house to the primary school

  • Kayleigh Watkins January 27, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    A never ending sweet maker if I know my Megan, if it was my choice id definitely have a robot who could do my ironing and put the bins out, the only two chores I hate lol xx

  • Diana January 27, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    A robot who cooks our tea and washes up so we can play games 🙂

  • Lynn Neal January 27, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    A rocket that could fly us to the moon and also take us under the sea!

  • Tee Simpson January 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    A magnificent donut making machine as she is obsessed atm with donuts

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