Thomas the Tank Engine Library Collection £30 @ The Book People
This is a collection of the original Rev Awdry stories, based mostly around Thomas the Tank Engine. His first story was published in 1945. I wonder if the good vicar had any sort of inkling just how much his creation was going to take over the pre-school world in years to come? The Book People are offering the entire box set for £30. According to the website, the RRP is £130.
If you're only used to the TV series spin offs then you'll find these books a little bit different. For one thing, the Fat Controller has a different name to start with - he's the Fat Director. Also, the stories are a lot longer than you might be used to! Something to keep in mind if your little one is keen on having stories read aloud.
The first story might have been published more than half a century ago, but the books remain timeless. I only have a few of these books for my little Thomas the Tank Engine obssessive, but I love the 'real book' feel of them. The hard cover, and proper paper pages. This does mean that they can be prone to ripping if your little one is a bit heavy handed. I love the original illustrations too.
In this box set you get all 26 of Rev Awdry's original stories.
Thanks to Rhys135 at HUKD!