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May 11

Review: Thomas and the Blackout

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Thomas and the BlackoutThomas and the Blackout by Thomas & Friends
Series: Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Published by Egmont Books, Limited on 2008
Genres: fiction, picture book
Pages: 12
Source: ARC received from publisher
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When the power goes down on Sodor, Thomas and his friends are stranded all over the island. With his bright, shining searchlight, Harold must find the engines and guide them all home. Slide Harold's searchlight under the pictures to find Thomas and his engine friends. What else will you find on each page?

With a train-obsessed son, I have seen more than my fair share of Thomas the Tank Engine books. Not that he limits his interest to our favourite responsible, reliable and really useful little blue tank engine, but given his age (five) Thomas does appear rather frequently as a bedtime book selection.

It’s not everyday that one of his Thomas books grabs the attention of my other children (who at 8 and 10 feel that are past such things), but Thomas and the Blackout has been rather popular.

The premise of the story is that there has been a blackout on the Island of Sodor. It is night-time and no-one can see where they are going to get home. The book features Thomas illustrations on transparency pages alternating with standard pages that are entirely black. When viewed unaided with the black page in the background, the transparency image is almost impossible to see.

Fortunately, Harold the Helicopter is able to save the day. Children can remove a cut-out of Harold with a spotlight shining. When placed behind the transparency pages, the white “beam” of the spotlight makes it possible to see the illustration.

The story asks children to find specific images in the illustration, although after one or two reads through they can find these quickly. Getting them to explore the rest of the picture is then more fun – find the red car, the yellow flower, the cow etc.

If you know a young Thomas fan, Thomas and the Blackout is sure to be a popular choice for a birthday present or other gift. Alternatively, check out the review of the DIY My Thomas Story Library book for another Thomas the Tank Engine gift idea.

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1 comment

  1. Ian@ Thomas The Tank Engine Toys

    My daughter loves having thomas the tank engine stories read to her at bedtime, but I have not yet seen this interactive book, I will have to get a copy as I am sure she would enjoy it also.
    .-= Ian@ Thomas The Tank Engine Toys´s last blog ..Thomas The Tank Engine Toys updated Sat Nov 6 2010 12-26 pm CDT =-.

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