Book Review: The Wonder Machine

Book Review: The Wonder Machine



The Wonder Machine

Written by Barry Timms

Illustrated by Laura Brenlla

24 pages

Published by Little Tiger

Publication date: 5th September 2019 (hardback), 11th June 2020 (paperback)

Summary (from Little Tiger):

Haven’t you heard? Wolf is building a machine. A machine that makes dreams come true! “My greatest invention ever!” cheers Wolf. But what will happen when at last she turns the handle?

An enchanting tale about the joys of sharing your talents, with flaps to lift and peep-through holes.



First impressions: The cover caught my eye at first as I am fascinated with anything to do with clockwork, then the title piqued my interest. After reading the summary I knew that I had to read this and I am happy to report that I loved it even more than I had expected!

From the front cover, complete with peep-through holes, your little one will be fascinated (I know I was and I’m much older than the target market!).

The story begins with wolf, an inventor who is known to be the cleverest in the land. She has machines that can do pretty much everything! But she has even bigger dreams so she begins to research making a machine that will change the world. In the process of gathering the materials she needs to build her machine she venture out into the wider world, helping others and building friendships along the way.

I dare you to read this without getting a little feeling of warmth in your heart as Wolf gives and experiences kindness on her journey. The cut-through and fold-out pages keep this endlessly entertaining, while each character Wolf meets along the way is drawn with bright eyes that are full of character. Wolf finally builds her machine, but then begins to wonder if the machine being completed is really the most important thing she has gained.

I fell in love with this from the start and I am sure that you will too! I will be looking out for more from this author and illustrator.

The Wonder Machine!

The Wonder Machine!

A gadget like nothing that

you’ve ever seen!

From mittens to music, 

from cushions to cakes,

The thing you most need

is the thing that it makes!

What I liked: Females in STEM – yay for a female inventor in wolf, the gentle and heart-warming storyline, the cut-outs and unfolding pages were really interactive, the detailed pictures.

Even better if: It cannot be improved! I just need to buy a few more copies to share because I don’t want to let my copy go…

How you could use it in your classroom: This would be a lovely addition to any early years or primary classroom or library. With a female wolf as an engineer and inventor, as well as the message of friendship, helpfulness and kindness, this book offers a plethora of opportunities for discussion and positive, non-stereotypical role modelling for young readers.

(Thank you to Little Tiger for my review copy!)

What did other people think?

“This gorgeous book is full of love, friendship and helping others. Barry Timms is one of my new favourite authors. His books create wonderful worlds where happiness reigns and friendships blossom.” — My Shelves Are Full
“Packed full of intriguing flaps to lift and delightful peep-through holes, The Wonder Machine is a dazzling blend of inventive paper engineering…” — Lancashire Evening Post
“The Wonder Machine shows that stepping outside your comfort zone, paying it forward and sharing your talent are enormously rewarding.” — Jill Bennett – Red Reading Hub

(Reviews above from Waterstones)

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of Stardust, Cannonball Coralie and the Lion, Together We Can, Mira’s Curly Hair, It’s a No-Money Day, Shelter, or The Snow Lion?

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Thanks for reading!

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