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"I honestly never thought I’d find myself reading, let alone taken with, a book about the making of a French motor car but The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister is a thoroughly engaging read. It manages to turn the struggle to invent the Citroen as the first people’s car, and then to keep its design from the German invaders, into a story of the Resistance, which is saying something. Plus it has a human element: the plot revolves round the designer’s young son, and his wan hopes that the car will help his parents stay together. Illustrated with panache in pen and ink by Sam Usher." (Spectator)
"Feel-good, funny, romping, filmic adventure" (Sunday Times)
"A fantastic family read; this is a story with a big heart based on an amazing idea . . . This is easily one of my favourite books so far this year - a brilliant and magical read that will stay with me until the day that I die. It is a great debut story with bags of drive and vroom." (Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books)
"Refreshingly different and very engaging . . . There is so much to enjoy in this book" (Reading Zone)
The heart-warming and fascinating story of how a 13 year-old boy invented the first "people's car"!See all Product Description
Absolutely love this beautifully written story. Enjoyed reading it to the kids (boy&girl) who have since re-read it themselves. Now a regular birthday party gift.Published 6 months ago by Lucy
What a strange story. I'm not sure who it would appeal to - the publisher recommendation is 9+ and yet the character is 13. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Book chatter
A beautiful, feel-good, laugh out loud read. I can't wait to see it on the big screen.Published 13 months ago by Liz Watson
A good read, and especially welcome as a novel likely to appeal to boys, but it isn't made clear from the start that it's a fiction which suggests the story of the 2CV, rather than... Read morePublished 14 months ago by H
'The Tin Snail' by Cameron McAllister is a charming, somewhat old-fashioned read that delights with its humour, adventure, patriotism and love. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mrs. Charlotte Farrow
The 'Tin Snail' is a charming tale, beautifully told. The atmosphere of rural France is well captured and makes a perfect backdrop for the adventures that unfold. Read morePublished 15 months ago by sarah ketelaars
A wonderful book - funny and heartwarming. The story is completely absorbing and moves at a good pace with lots of humour, set against a very well drawn backdrop of life in France... Read morePublished 16 months ago by K Halton
A real feel good story with fascinating origins. I enjoyed the characters and the quirky illustrations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr Laura Marshall
Our 10 year old loved this. He read it in one day and was gripped. He found it very interesting and lively. He also found it moving and would recommend it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John H