We were sent the new A Visit To London For Thomas The Tank Engine is the latest Thomas the Tank Engine Book published to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday next week. We like Thomas, but my girls aren’t in love with him as some kids might be, and we are also not overly big Royalists (is that a thing?), but we absolutely loved this book.
We live on the Isle of Wight, and Sodor is an island from which a ferry needs to be taken to the mainland, just as it is from our Island, which really resonated with my children. Thomas chugs along to Greenwich – where we used to live – and sees things that are very familiar to us, like the Cutty Sark and the Greenwich Observatory.
In Greenwich, Thomas boards a boat down the Thames where they encounter Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament before docking up in Westminster just in time for the Queen to come out and commend The Fat Controller on his fine Railway. Thomas beams from buffer to buffer and enjoys the fireworks over London, thinking about his grand adventure.
The book is beautifully illustrated in bold, bright colours, and it’s a wonderful addition to the children’s library, especially if they are going to or have been to London.
Published by Egmont, A Visit to London for Thomas The Tank Engine has an RRP of £6.99 and is available on Amazon
If you’re commemorating the Queen’s birthday with the children this weekend, why not make these paper crowns to decorate, or make cupcakes using the fun ‘patriotic’ sprinkles from Angel Delights.
Have a fun Royal Birthday Weekend!