on 8 December 2005
Having bought this book for my son, who loves helicopters, I found it has a glaring and irritating mistake, which is repeated half a dozen times. "I'm Harold", said the helicopter. "With my wonderful wings, I can fly like a bird!.." Ouch. It didn't detract my son from enjoying the story, a modern take on the hare and the tortoise, which also features Percy. I've since subsituted 'wings' for 'rotor' in my telling of the story, lucky my son can't read yet...
on 17 June 2008
I seem alone in my intense dislike of Thomas and his irritating friends conjured up by some bored reverend trainspotter. The stories are all badly written and often have rather unpleasant "morals" behind them, such as endlessly competing against others, teasing, insulting, gloating, being rude, etc. OK, I sound like Mother Grundy here, but I prefer my kids to learn positive behaviour and attitudes through what they read. Unfortunately the annoying reverend obviously does something right as my son loves these damned trains, as do most other little boys.
Give me Postman Pat and Pocoyo anyday.....Thomas is banished from my house!
Oh yes, THIS one is more of the same....a race between Harold helicopter and Percy...pretty much the same story as Thomas races Bertie Bus with the names changed. (Yes, I have read them all....aaaaaaaaaarrrrrgggghhh)