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Edward the very useful engine is a book based on the Thomas TV series.
The front cover of the book has a picture of Edward and Thomas and there is a purple banner above the picture with the title of the book in yellow lettering. The back cover of the book is also purple and has a yellow square with smaller pictures of a few other titles available in the collection.
This edition is in hard back.
The book starts by telling us a bit about some of the engines on the Island of Sodor. Gordon was good at pulling the Express, Percy was good at carrying the mail and Edward was good at being a back engine.
It tells us that when the engines were heavy Edward would couple up behind and help them push.
Edward is an old engine and some of the other engines thought he was unreliable. Gordon and Percy thought that he should retire.
The Fat Controller heard what the engines were saying about Edward and he was very cross. He went to find Edward and asked him if he would like to teach Stepney how to run the branch line properly. Edward was worried and asked who would do his job so he was told that Duck would do it.
The other engines were pleased that Duck was going to be doing Edwards job.
Will Edward be missed from helping push the big heavy trucks or is it really time for him to retire?
The book is a lovely little story. There are 28 pages each with only a short bit of text so the story is not very long and I don't struggle to keep my boys involved and to not wonder off.
The book has some nice bright pictures which are actual photographs of the engines taken from the set used to film the TV show so they are very clear and have loads of details. I find that asking my boys about what is happening in the picture really keeps them involved in the book.
The book is laid out with the left hand page having a coloured border and the writing inside, there is a different colour on each page and the right hand pages have the pictures.
The text is a very good size which means that my eldest can start to read some of the words and he thoroughly enjoys this.
There is a small lesson to be learnt at the end of the book as with all the books in this series.
The book has be written based on the series originally written by the Rev W Awdry.
It was published in 2006 by Egmont UK Limited.
The retail price for this book is £4.99 but we got our copy from our small local book shop for £1.99 which I feel is a bargain.
I would definitely recommend this book to any Thomas fan or any child who is into trains.
For any more information on this or any Thomas book then please visit www.thomasandfriends.com
Book Series: Thomas & Friends