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Thomas and his friends has been a friend of many young children for years and it is no different in our household. My eldest son has loved Thomas stories from a young age and although he has become a fan of Christopher Vine's Little Peter's railway he still likes a good Thomas story from time to time. Some of the stories we have are a good length something my son is after, now that he is five years old. This particular story Thomas and the magic show although it's too long there is plenty going on in the story.
This story does centre primarily on Thomas with the odd feature of one or two well known characters. The great magician is coming to perform at the summer party for the children that day and Thomas is given the job of collecting some very important things from some of the stations. Thomas is given some very clear instructions of what he needs to pick up. But Thomas is too excited and doesn't listen properly so when he goes to collect these three important items he gets the complete wrong one. The great Magician isn't pleased he can't do his biggest trick without them. Without spoiling the ending I shall leave it there will or won't Thomas save the day and correct the mess he has made!
The first time I read this book to my son he really enjoyed it and waited in anticipation as to whether Thomas would correct the mistakes he had made. He still enjoys this story even though he now knows the outcome now. The more times I have read it to him the more he seems to explore the pictures as I read it. The pictures in this book are like stills from the actually television show. I know some of the books used to use stills as the pictures and this is an oldish book but I am not sure if they are as it doesn't say so anywhere in the book. My son loves looking at the expressions on Thomas' face and likes to tell me what he is thinking!
As an adult I too enjoy this book. The text is written on the left hand side of a double page spread and the picture is on the right. The text is clearly written and with all Thomas stories I found it easy to read. I like the lesson to be learnt from this story and is one I often tell my son. No matter what you must always listen to instructions carefully and if you don't hear them properly the first time you must ask again.
I managed to pick my son's copy up from a charity shop for 30 pence and it has been 30 pence well spent. Although they don't make copies of this book anymore Amazon currently have a good few for sale on their market place. I would recommend this story as a fun Thomas story with a good lesson to learn behind it too. Thank you Thomas!