Published by Pavilion Children’s Books, 2018.
My young son loves tractors, and has done from an early age, so we’ve read a LOT of tractor books. This is hands-down the best one we’ve read.
The book appeals on many levels. Firstly, the content. There’s enough information here to satisfy the most avid tractor fan. We are shown all sorts of different tractors and we learn about the wide variety of jobs that they are used for on the farm, from ploughing to muck spreading, and harvesting to fertilising. There are clear and simple explanations of how things work; the inner geek in me loved being able to finally understand how a combine harvester operates! There’s even a brief historical overview of the history of farm machinery, including an explanation of what farmers used before they had tractors.
Then there are the book’s irresistible characters. The bespectacled bobble hat-wearing William Bee is so friendly and charming. Helping him on the farm are his dog and these little traffic cone characters who are all really cute.
The brightly coloured illustrations are a huge hit too; we love the bold graphic style. There are loads of humorous extra details to spot as well.
This vibrant, funny and fact-filled book gives a fascinating insight into different types of farm machinery. No tractor fan should be without it!
Thank you to Pavilion Children’s Books for sending me this book to review.