Reviewed by Sally Ellis
With a boy who has just turned 4 a few days ago, this book is absolutely up his street. He has a passion for all vehicles and machines, so Things That Go has been an instant hit. It is quite a long book with pages and pages describing everything in various groups, such as ‘On Two Wheels’ and ‘Cranes and diggers’, going through everything from a BMX bike to a Dragster, a kayak to a space rocket. I was thoroughly impressed with the vast range of everyday and unusual machines.
Each section has (as the title suggests) lots of Fabulous Facts! For example, “the Komatsu D575 bulldozer can push over 200 tonnes of earth in one go” and “The Terrafugia Transition is a plane that turns into a car”. So many interesting and original facts that are great fun to discuss, with lovely, colourful pictures demonstrating each one. Although some of the information is hard for a 4-year old to understand (the book is recommended for 3-5 year olds), I found it easy to simplify and talk it through with my son all the same. He might not understand speeds or distances yet, but ‘really fast’ or ‘a very long way’ will do the trick for now.
My son’s favourite vehicles so far are the AutoTram Extra Grand bus from Germany (the world’s biggest bus) and the Airships, which he’d never seen before either. Saying that, I’m not even sure we’ve covered all the numerous machines yet, so the jury is still out! One of the many joys of this book is being able to flip back-and-forth choosing a couple of sections to read each evening. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable reference book that feeds the imagination and enquiring minds. Having liked this book so much, I am very tempted to pick up others from the First Fabulous Facts series – there are quite a few more to discover and I am intrigued to learn more together with my son. I can certainly highly recommend this one to anybody with a child who loves all ‘Things That Go’!
Available to buy from Amazon here.