Tom’s Magnificent Machines

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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Sarah Anguish

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  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. Sandra Fortune
    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.

  30. Susan Willshee
    January 17, 2019 / 8:09 pm

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

  31. Claire
    January 19, 2019 / 5:31 am

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

  32. paula cheadle
    January 19, 2019 / 11:57 am

    a robot that tidies up the kids bedrooms

  33. Abigail
    January 19, 2019 / 10:57 pm

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

  34. astrid c
    January 20, 2019 / 7:22 am

    something to help tidy up!!

  35. jackie cooper
    January 20, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    A robot to help me entertain my 6 grandchildren

  36. Tracy Newton
    January 20, 2019 / 3:18 pm

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

  37. Rachael Sexey
    January 20, 2019 / 4:10 pm

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

  38. Roisin M
    January 20, 2019 / 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

  39. Sally Collingwood
    January 21, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    A brushing hair machine!!

  40. January 21, 2019 / 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

  41. Sean eccles
    January 22, 2019 / 10:09 am

    The tickle machine because my boy loves tickles 🙂

  42. janine atkin
    January 23, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    a robot to tidy up all the toys

  43. Laura Corrall
    January 23, 2019 / 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.

  44. Kerrie-ann Fitzpatrick
    January 24, 2019 / 10:12 pm

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

  45. sandy
    January 25, 2019 / 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!

  46. Claire Woods
    January 26, 2019 / 9:45 am

    A time travel machine.

  47. jo liddement
    January 26, 2019 / 10:07 am

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

  48. abigail edkins
    January 26, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    a flying unicorn robot

  49. Sheri Darby
    January 26, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    A toy tidying machine

  50. Jeanette Leighton
    January 26, 2019 / 3:29 pm

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

  51. Faye Reed
    January 26, 2019 / 10:26 pm

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

  52. Gill Mitchell
    January 26, 2019 / 11:00 pm

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

  53. Susan B
    January 27, 2019 / 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.

  54. Sue Carter
    January 27, 2019 / 6:03 am

    My grandson loves making rockets to fly to the moon.

  55. Kevin Johnson
    January 27, 2019 / 10:44 am

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

  56. Charlotte Woodward
    January 27, 2019 / 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.

  57. Adrian Bold
    January 27, 2019 / 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.

  58. Dawn Samples
    January 27, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    A machine that cleans the house x

  59. natalie Crossan
    January 27, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    A machine that would do the housework for me!

  60. Pauline Burroughs
    January 27, 2019 / 6:39 pm

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

  61. Danielle Graves
    January 27, 2019 / 8:27 pm

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

  62. ellie spider
    January 27, 2019 / 8:59 pm

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

  63. Kayleigh Watkins
    January 27, 2019 / 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

  64. Diana
    January 27, 2019 / 9:48 pm

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

  65. Lynn Neal
    January 27, 2019 / 10:14 pm

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

  66. Tee Simpson
    January 27, 2019 / 10:47 pm

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

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