Reviews of Vroom-Town: The Adventure of Santa Claus & the Magic Truck Dust
I was so excited to have been asked to take part in the little tour for this fabulous children’s book, thanks so much to Linda from BooksOfAllKinds for asking me, and thank you to the author for sending me a copy of the book! Here is my review:
Even though my little girl, Eva, can now read independently, she asked me if I would read Vroom-Town to her, and of course I obliged! In all honesty, I think I was more excited than her because I just LOVED the look of the cover! I hadn’t come across these books before, yet I was able to get to know the engines very quickly and easily, although there were a couple who certainly deserved to go on the naughty list this year!
It was a genius idea to turn a garage into a festive read, and the addition of Santa’s sleigh had my daughter very excited. She did notice the two engines, Terry and Bullydozer, who weren’t very nice and the fact that she was aware of it, just goes to show that the author cleverly incorporated the topic of bullying into her story in a way that children would be able to understand. Not only that, my daughter ended up talking about the ‘bad guys’ of the book even after we had finished reading it, because she knew that it wasn’t nice to have done what they did. Like I say, cleverly written in the book, I’m very impressed.
Overall I loved the bright colours, the easy to understand storyline, and the festive cheer it delivered when it sprinkled its magic dust over us both. I thoroughly enjoyed it! My daughter did too, so much so she has even asked for all the other books for Christmas! This was a lovely read, one that I would definitely recommend.
What a fabulous little book this is and just perfect for getting your little ones excited about Christmas time. I read this to my goddaughter last week and unfortunately made her hyper about Christmas but hey ho that’s what cool aunts are allowed to do. I’m a little excited about it myself now! At aged 4 years old she totally loved this book and we had quite a bit of discussion about the story, particularly about how Santa’s friends the trucks helped him out and how some of the characters were ‘a bit mean’.
This is a great story to read little ones and although initially when I first received the book I thought it was quite thick for a children’s book, but its actually a very readable story and there are only little chunks of text on the pages which make it readable for little ones and has the most wonderful illustrations. I loved some of the expressions on the trucks and this really brought them to life. A super book that will make a brilliant Christmas present this year and I feel suitable for both boys and girls. The book carries important messages about bullying, being mean and nasty and the joys of friendship and kindness. All very important for young, inquisitive minds. Highly recommended.
Brooks Cottage Books, Debbie, NI – goddaughter @BrookCottagebks
#BlogTour for The Adventure of Santa Claus and The Magic Truck Dust
I thought that this book sounded right up my daughter’s street – she is only two but she loves her books and is already a mini bookworm like her mum! Well I was right and she absolutely loves this book, so much so that she has picked this one for me to read now for the last six days in a row at bedtime!
Now when I tell you that she has some very popular books by some very well-known authors and this is picked over and above them that really says something to me. She can tell me the names of the different characters and she really does love the trucks! She giggles that Santa is on the phone and it is just a fabulous story to be able to read and share with her.
The images are lovely, so nice, bright and clear and the story is great. She has picked up the story so well and all about the knows about the naughty trucks and that is a great way to introduce her to right and wrong for me too.
I thought it was an excellent book and we are so glad we have been introduced to the Vroom-Town series – 5 stars from us – very highly recommended!! And make sure you check out the interactive website too!
DonnasBookBlog, Donna Maguire @dmmaguire391
This is a delightful book for children and I’m so pleased to be sharing my review today. First of all, this is a beautiful looking book. It’s has a really sturdy paperback cover and the pages inside are thick and glossy. I’m pleased to say that what’s contained between the covers matches up to the attractive look and feel of the book.
We are taken to Vroom-Town where all the trucks are asleep on the night before Christmas Eve when all of a sudden they are called upon to help out Santa Claus himself. His sleigh is broken and he needs the trucks to go to the workshop and help build him a new one. They’re happy to help, of course, but Terrible Terry and his friend Bullydozer are not in the Christmas spirit and they sabotage the new sleigh. All the helpful trucks are devastated but Santa sprinkles some magic dust over them and they help him to deliver the presents instead!
This is a lovely, heart-warming story for young children. My son is 5 and he really enjoyed it. It was nice to see that Terry and Bully got punished for their behaviour by being left out of the delivery with Santa, but they were soon forgiven and they still got gifts. I thought it was a nice message about admitting your mistakes and moving on. And of course, the helpful and kind trucks got amply rewarded too.
The illustrations are lovely and colourful and help to bring the story to life. At the end there is a sleigh to colour in, a maze and a secret code to access more games and puzzles on the website.
All in all it’s a really pleasing festive experience and I will be reading it again with my son in the run up to Christmas.
ShortBookandScribes – Nicola @ShortBookScribe
A beautiful addition to what is already a fantastic children’s series, The Adventures of Santa Claus and the Magic Truck Dust from Vroom-town is sure to make your festive season even more special with your little ones.
The trucks are very excited to help Santa this year by making him an extra special sleigh but sadly Terrible Terry and Bullydozer have other plans. Determined to ruin everyone’s fun, they sabotage the sleigh. But how will Santa deliver the presents on Christmas Eve? Will Christmas be cancelled this year?!? Or can the Vroom-town gang come up with a plan to save the day?
Beautifully illustrated and with a story that young kids can really sink their teeth into, The Adventures of Santa Claus and the Magic Truck Dust is the perfect present this season. Alongside this festive adventure, the story gently raises the topics of bullying and misbehaving while showing how teamwork and friendship can always make things better. The characters are loveable and the quality of this book (and the Vroom-Town series) is second to none. Inside the book, there is also a code that opens up a whole other set of fun activities on the Vroom-Town website (see the link further down) so that even when you have finished the story there is more fun for the kids.
A fabulous story by a fabulous author, Vroom-Town is one series that should not be missed!!!!
Linda Green, Books of All Kinds @BooksOfAllKinds