The Cockatoo From Timbuktu by William A E Ford @williamaeford #picturebook #bookreview #childrensbook

the cockatoo from timbuktu

The Cockatoo From Timbuktu written and self-published by William A E Ford is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Join Kian the cockatoo on his adventures around the world! Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home? From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China to New York City, wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey!

To buy links:

amazon: https://amzn.to/31wzO5w

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-the-cockatoo-from-timbuktu/william-ford/9788269157048

Review

This is a delightful, educational picture book that would appeal to all. The story has a lovely rhyming prose that children would enjoy and soon start repeating. I loved the ethos of the whole story with Kian the little cockatoo who lived in a zoo wanting to go back home to his parents in Timbuktu, so he escapes. During his journey home he visits many countries far and wide discovering animals and new places.

The illustrations are cheerful, bright and each page has so much to see and learn about. I will definitely be flicking through the book again and again to see what else I can find in the pictures.

There’s a fabulous fact sheet at the back of the book all about cockatoos and Timbuktu which was a lovely added bonus.

A delightful picture book that would entertain children and open up discussions with littles ones imaginative and open minds.

About the Author

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling. William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ and ‘The Cockatoo from Timbuktu’ were inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!
Born in England, William currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Silje and five children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ won the Readers Favorite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award
‘The Cockatoo from Timbuktu’ Is William’s second published picture book.

Website: https://williamaeford.com/

Twitter:  @williamaeford

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William AE Ford @williamaeford #picturebook #bookreview #buybooksforChristmas #childrensbook #indieauthor

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine written and self-published by William AE Ford is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2P7Y880

Book Blurb

WINNER OF READERS FAVORITE SCI-FI FANTASY CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2019

With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible! Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?” With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time!

REVIEW

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Even though my children are all grown up I still appreciate the importance of surrounding children of all ages with books.  When my children were small I loved picture books and I still do now.  Picture books are like two books in one as a child can make up their own story by looking at the pictures and as they get older they can read the book themselves.

William AE Ford has written a wonderful, imaginative, entertaining story and it’s beautifully presented in a picture book format.  If you do buy the ebook format please do read it on a tablet or ereader that is colour compatible so you can fully appreciate the wonderful images in the background of the book.

I think this story would appeal to both boys and girls as Timothy is a character you could easily relate to and there’s probably a child like Timothy in every classroom.  Timothy is a little bored and decides to make himself a time machine.  With his expert time machine making skills he’s now ready for adventures and we follow Timothy for a week travelling through time and making new friends.

The text is written in a rhyming format that flows very well and you can imagine a child soon picking up the words and speaking them out aloud.  The author has written a story that is fun and entertaining but it also opens up the readers mind to a whole new world of imaginations.  If this book was read in a class the teacher could open up a great discussion with the children asking them where they’d like to go on their time travels.

I love buying books as gifts and Timothy Mean and the Time Machine would make a wonderful Christmas present.

About the Author

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling. William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.
Just one of his many stories, ‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ was inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!
Born in England, William currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Silje and five children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ winner of the Readers Favorite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award is William’s first published work and he plans to publish more books shortly.

Website: https://williamaeford.com/

Twitter:  @williamaeford