The Railway Series No. 23 : Enterprising Engines (Classic Thomas the Tank Engine) Hardcover – 4 Oct 2004
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About the Author
The Reverend W. Awdry is fondly remembered as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. The little blue engine and his friends on the Island of Sodor were originally invented to amuse the reverend's son, Christopher, when he was recovering from a bout of the measles. The first book in The Railway Series, entitled The Three Railway Engines, was published in 1945.
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Henry is often described as a nature loving engine with bad health problems but in this book Henry’s jealous side is clearly shown. Sir Topham Hatt II is developed in this book and shown as a clear father figure to all the engines on the North Western Railway (NWR). Gordon is always shown as snobbish, grumpy and pompous but in this book his caring side is shown when he discovers all but one of his brothers and sisters have scrapped. Many new characters are introduced in this book including Oliver and Toad who went onto become two of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (Later Thomas and Friends) most loved characters. The family relationship between the engines is shown with Duck playing a joke on Henry.
This book is a clear demonstration of Rew W. Awdry’s determination in authenticity. The book makes many references to the Beeching cuts and scrapping of steam engines on “The Other Railway” (British Rail).
3. Writer’s Tricks
Awdry uses many writers tricks to build tension and excitement. A good example of this from the book is the quote “Oliver’s crew, hiding in the coach, hardly dared to breath”.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Copy in excellent condition, sent very quickly,well packaged. book is from original series, simple text for confident readers, colourful pictures.Published 4 months ago by Pierris
This one was a big success. I had brought my 4-year grandson a model of the flying scotsman - Gordon's brother and this book gave him the story in more detail. Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by sheila