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Machines in Motion: The Amazing History of Transportation

Machines in Motion presents immense detail in the illustrations and text used throughout this non-fiction book, detailing much of the History of Transportation from the team of Tom Jackson and Chris Mould.

Tom Jackson is a science writer for both children and adults of more than 20 years. Chris Mould an illustrator, is known for his quirky black and white line illustrations which are used extensively throughout. Colour is introduced with the page boarders and occasional passages of text.

From earliest times technology has been used to create and invent what even then, 7,000 years ago were considered as new inventions: of course, they were, just like now, or alternatively, is now simply just a refined version of what was invented then?

This and many more questions will be answered over the pages, as each of the sections sets out in a rather intriguing style facts, figures and timelines; all illustrated with intricately detailed illustrations, designed to intrigue even the most hardened of non-scientific children into wanting to turn the next page to see what is on the other side.

Trains set out the style of the book with a wonderful kaleidoscope of drawings and text to intrigue and encourage readers of whatever age and reading level to investigate further. Underground comes next, beginning at 600BC moving through to the creation of the Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) joining France and Britain via train, which was commenced in 1988 and completed in 1994.

1852 saw the Dirigible take to the skies, with the Supersonic Skydiver taking pride of place in the skies in 2012. Working Vehicles announces the first fire engine, the Newsham fire engine, which was built in 1721.

Ending this journey of fascinating scientific facts is Spacecraft which only presents until 2000 when the International Space Station was launched into space, weighing an impressive 450 tons, giving Astronauts their first permanent home in space.

It is fair to say some of the facts are not correct, which is a bit of an issue, as scientific books, regardless of the age range need to be correct. Fact checking is absolutely important particularly for young readers. 1944 D-Day is one such instance, as these DD water craft were a type of tank that was propelled thought the water with propellers, not sails!

Notwithstanding the above comment, overall Machines In Motion is a comprehensive history of mechanical movement in one form or another over hundreds of years, which will intrigue and delight the hearts of children with or without a scientific interest.

Author Tom Jackson. Illustrations Chris Mould
Publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN 9781547603374
Distributor Bloomsbury Children's Books
Released April 2020