Friday 12 September 2014

ReadItDaddy's SECOND Book of the Week - Week ending 12th September 2014 - "Tin" by Chris Judge (Andersen Children's Books)


Written and Illustrated by
Chris Judge

Published by Andersen Children's Books

It's getting to be practically impossible to just have one book of the week. You've already seen our review of the third awesome "Murilla Gorilla" book but we have to squeeze one more Book of the Week in this week, making room for a rip-roaring robot tale that has tickled our circuits and thrilled our transformers this week.

Chris Judge's "Tin" is the story of a robot called, yep you've guessed it, Tin - and Tin is tasked with looking after his mischievous little sister Nickel for the day.

What could possibly go wrong? Nickel is a tiddler, a toddler, barely able to crawl so she'll never get into any trouble, surely?

"INCORRECT" (say that in your best robot voice). Poor Tin soon realises that little sisters are trouble, huge trouble (I speak from experience here, right Mel?) and soon Nickel grabs hold of a floating balloon and is whisked off into the air, with Tin (and his faithful robo-doggy Zinc) in hot pursuit.

A perfectly paced chase with all manner of excitement, hilarity and near misses begins, as poor Tin tries desperately to catch up with Nickel. Played out across a fantastic robotic backdrop as the chase heads towards Robo-City, we couldn't get enough of Chris's brilliant characters and setting for this exciting tale - and we guarantee that your little ones will love it to pieces too.

We're really, truly hoping that Chris has more in mind for his robot characters - surely Tin and Nickel could turn into a brilliant series of books, there's so much scope and potential in the characters and the settings that it left us absolutely buzzing for more. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

Charlotte's best bit: The Robo-Zoo and animals, she spent ages coming up with brilliant ideas for new animals and exhibits

Daddy's Favourite bit: There really aren't enough robots in children's stories, this is an absolutely sublime story full of excitement and a cracking pace, that left us wanting more at the end. Get down to your local robo-stockist and pick up a copy, BZZZT!

(Kindly sent to us by Andersen Children's Books)