‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ by William A. E. Ford

Today’s review is going to be quick (just like our coffee break): I bring you a children’s picture book, not very long, but beautiful and fun.

This is the first time ever that I write an individual blog post about such a book (I usually review them in my Mini Reviews series), but this time it was the author personally who reached out to me, so I thought I should do it like this. He deserves all the attention that other authors get when I review their books per their request.

So…let’s dive in!


This is the book in question:

43617901(Goodreads/Amazon)

To be honest, I’m not very fond of this cover, but the illustration inside was way better! That was actually stunning. It was almost even better than the story/verse.

Talking about the story: it’s a fun and dynamic story about a mischievous little boy who’s got a huge fantasy and his hobby is traveling through times. I have to admit I was not totally convinced by this time travel thing: there were very fantasy elements in the different places he went to (like an actual dragon), so I’d rather say it was a journey on the wings of his own fantasy, and not really time travel. It’s implied, I give it that, though. It’s probably only a matter of slight confusion because I’m an adult and not the target audience (which would be preschoolers, I think). I’m also not sure if I would be okay with my kid learning the false fact that it’s completely possible to pull down an astronaut’s “trousers” in space without any serious consequence but embarrassment. I know they’re just kids, and it’s fantasy. I know many other things (like time travel itself) is not possible. But it just bothered me more than it should’ve for some reason. Otherwise, I really liked the adventures little Timothy had.

I loved to read the verses, they were just as fun and dynamic as the story itself. I didn’t have a kid around me, yet I felt a need to say the text out loud. (Which would look rather silly without a kid, so I resisted the urge…) There were a couple of times when the rhymes stumbled a bit, but it wasn’t very bothering.

All in all, this is a fun children’s book which I think would be very enjoyable for 4-5 year-olds. I’m sure they’d have fun saying together the rhymes and discovering all the little details in the beautiful pictures.

I rated it 4 stars.

I received a digital copy of this book directly from the author, in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.


Have you read this book? (It’s out since January.) What did you think?

Have a great day!

Hugs 🙂

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5 thoughts on “‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ by William A. E. Ford

  1. Recently reviewed this one too – I thought it was fun although needed more proofreading. Agree that the illustrations actually the best part of the book, but I think that’s standard for picture books 🙂

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