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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844258351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844258352
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Oxlade is an experienced author of information books for children, and he has written more than 150 titles for schools, libraries and the book trade. Much of his work has involved explaining technical subjects clearly for young readers.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MR.P.F.H. BAKER on 1 Nov. 2009
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An engaging little book using the "Haynes Manual" title, but NOT the format.
Not very logically laid out, nor in a friendly format for children.Nevertheless, it has some nice cutaway drawings and fits in well with the rest of the Thomas books. I felt that this was an opportunity missed to make an educational introduction to engineering for youngsters. As it stands it's just an amusing alternative to the usual run of Christmas 'annuals', but for that purpose I would still recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emmster TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2012
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This book is aimed at 3-8 year old kids. With that said - I think it'll appeal more to the lower end of that scale. My son (3 years old) certainly enjoys reading through it repeatedly - but I think that the older end of the spectrum will absorb the information and become bored with repeated readings.

There are cut-away drawings of Thomas, Gordon, Percy, Mavis, George and Harold with annotations and a paragraph of text. Each of the trains is a slightly different model and there is some really nice simple info about them e.g. Thomas is a "Tank Engine" because he has his water tanks built-in, whereas Gordon has his water and coal in the "Tender" that he pulls. It's all simple stuff but perfectly pitched for my 3 year old.

As well as the cut-aways there are simplified drawings of how a steam engine works, the controls inside the cab plus pages on both engine maintenance and construction. There's a double page spread on Henry and how his defective firebox problem was solved, four pages on the other engines/vehicles on Sodor (pictures with one or two lines of text), a little bit on track/signals and 2 pages on old and new engines (again, mostly pictures with minimal text). With the introduction, a railway facts page and a glossary - that about covers the whole book (40 pages).

All in all I think its great. It has big, colourful and simple drawings, minimal text delivering simple facts and has a nice quality feel to it. It has already given a lot of pleasure to my son - and that surely is the acid test?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2009
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This is a great little book for Thomas fans, as well as being a fun book it's also pretty informative...

The front cover of this owner's guide made me laugh with the classic Hayne's Guide styling, I'm sure it will catch many a parents eye and make them smile too. The contents of the book doesn't follow the same technical level of detail as a Hayne's manual - but you wouldn't expect that in a childrens book!

The Thomas owners annual give brief overviews of some of Thomas' friends such as their jobs in Sodor and how many wheels they have. It doesn't mention all of the trains but the familiar old ones are there. As well as little fact about the trains the book contains information about how trains work and contains diagrams (including cross sections) to show the inner workings of a steam engine.

In a nutshell: This makes a nice change to the usual Christmas Annual and it's a bit different - instead of stories and puzzles you get an insight into the working life of the trains in Sodor and it should help to further a childs understanding of the technology behind the engines. It is quite a thin book though, there aren't many pages - but it still manages to stimulate interest. It would be nice to see a bigger version of this book which acts as a nice companion to the TV series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Hayward on 11 Nov. 2012
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Having owned many Haynes manuals over the years I was delighted to see that one had been prepared for Thomas. My grandson, a big Thomas fan, loves it and is now a fan of Haynes manuals also.
The product is just what you'd expect - a delight.
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By helly on 14 April 2014
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bit different to the story books and great for any young boys or girls interested in how Thomas / trains work. I think a good idea and nice introduction to what I will term "the science stuff". bit of a laugh for anyone who has ever looked at a proper Haynes manual too! As another review has said, may be aimed at 3- 8 yo but lots of learning in there for me too!
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The book lacks detail and is far too simple for my three year old. I expected to learn more than just that the boiler heats up the water to make the steam go. The pictures are good, but the text is repetitive and overly simple. I expected a lot more from this book, especially given the mostly good reviews.
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This was chosen for one of my cousin's birthday presents, just for fun. I didn't realise how many different kinds of manuals Haynes produce. My cousin has manuals for almost every vehicle he has owned. Now retired and a great fan of Thomas, I just couldn't resist buying this for him. He will love it!
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By J. R. Bedford on 6 Feb. 2014
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My 3 year old grandson is deeply into Thomas the Tank Engine and he's been over this book many, many times. The pictures are excellent and his mum has read it to him non-stop since Christmas, so he now knows how a steam loco works and can tell us all about fire boxes and pistons.
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