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Title: Tilly and the Time Machine
Author: Adrian Edmondson
Illustrator: Danny Noble
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s, Puffin
Published: May 4th, 2017
What a brilliant time travel adventure story for 7 – 9 year olds packed with humour, history and some poignant moments dealing with grief, too.
Tilly’s dad is a scientist who has built a time machine in their shed. He shows it to Tilly and shortly after disappears via the machine. Tilly decides to try to rescue him and sets off on her own time travelling adventures, meeting some great characters from history in laugh out loud funny encounters. Tilly wants to go back to her sixth birthday when her Mum was still alive. Before these time travels, Tilly and her Dad didn’t really talk about her Mum but their journey helps them communicate their feelings and is actually quite emotional.
This could be read aloud to younger children or is a great chapter book for more independent or able readers. With my teacher’s hat on, I think it could help inspire children to think about their favourite historical characters, who they’d like to meet or what funny fact they’d like to discover about them and be a great stimulus for independent writing.
The illustrations are also great, adding another layer of humour to the story and enhance the story telling. I think children will thoroughly enjoy this story – and so will any adults sharing it with them!
I requested and was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this novel via NetGalley; this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into this novel and have no hesitation in highly recommending it.
Tilly is seven and a half – and about to make history.
When Tilly’s dad builds a time machine in the shed there’s only one place she really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was still here.
But then something goes wrong! Tilly’s dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him . . . Will they make it back in time for tea?