Tommy has had a great stay on the farm with his Pa; feeding the piglets, collecting eggs from the henhouse, chasing the goats in the paddock, exploring the olive grove and veggie patch, and skimming stones across the river. But now it is time to head back home with mum and Ruby. But before they arrive there’s time for one more bit of fun together. What’s that sound? Toot, toot! All aboard the Wheelbarrow Express…
Shout out to the grandads! Grandparents enrich lives in so many ways and this lively and heartfelt read is a joyous celebration of a special bond that transcends generations. Bursting with fun and good-times, a rip-roaring ride around the farmyard creates memories to last a lifetime as animals are visited, hills are ascended, rivers are lazed by and nature’s treasures are collected to take home as a visual reminder for Tommy of his farewell ride on the brilliant Wheelbarrow Express. Leaving a loved one is never easy but as long as there are fond memories to take away then everything will be OK until next time when more special moments can be shared together.
Delivered in sprightly prose - perfect for reading aloud - and with energetic illustrations full of warmth and happiness, it is a lovely story for children to share with the special pa in their lives. Whilst a ride on the Wheelbarrow Express cannot be guaranteed, children will enjoy reflecting on the things that they enjoy doing with their grandpa, the special moments they have and the memories that they make.
The young whippersnapper and zestful oldie share a wonderful relationship. Tommy adores his Pa and everything that he does for him and this is reciprocated by a Pa who has the most loveliest of ways with with his grandson. Pa’s mannerisms, the way he interacts with Tommy, the humour he brings to every situation, the comfort he provides, his energy and enthusiasm, it is all wonderfully uplifting and leaves you with that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Clearly the best of friends, it is hardly surprising that Tommy does not want to leave! The last page, where the two eventually have to say goodbye, will have everyone briefly suffering from a case of ‘the gloomies.’
A sweet, endearing and very appealing read.
Recommended for 2+.
With huge thanks to Walker for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.