Timothy Mean and the Time Machine


Children - Picture Book
24 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2019
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Author Biography

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’ is William’s first published work and he plans to publish more books later this year.

William welcomes enquiries from agents and publishers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

It’s amazing where imagination can take you. Timothy Mean certainly has a very good imagination. With his imagination and his creative ingenuity, he can create a time machine out of cardboard boxes and lots of glue. But is it a time machine for real? Why not join Timothy Mean for an entire week and see where his imagination and his time travel machine will take you. How about to a pirate ship? Or a medieval castle under siege? Or to the moon for the first lunar landing? Timothy Mean even went back in time to when his parents were young and in school and he played some pranks on them, making his Daddy cry. That wasn’t very nice. But, then again, he is Timothy Mean.

William AE Ford’s picture book story, Timothy Mean and the Time Machine, is a clever journey through time and all in rhyme. With colorful illustrations, the author and Timothy take the reader on an exciting adventure, one day at a time. Each day is a new place, a new time, a new adventure. Not only does the reader enjoy these jaunts through time, but they will learn some things about pirates and the first landing on the moon. The rhyming verse will certainly have the reader rhyming his or her way through the rest of the day. The power of imagination is a wonderful gift and Timothy displays his imaginative powers with great panache. This is a fun and educational read, beautifully presented.

William Ford

A selection of reviews:

Bookmark and Stages “This book would be excellent for any home, nursery, classroom and library. This is a book for children who love books that rhyme, love adventure and enjoy authors such as Julia Donaldson”.

Kirkus Reviews “…a rhyming adventure each day of the week in this off-the-wall debut”

Tehben.com “Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William A.E. Ford is a beautiful children’s book in several different ways. The writing style is minimalist, but charming in its tone and feel. The illustrations are captivating, bold, and will please readers of every age group. This is a book to be enjoyed with a child with a comparative imagination, or even with an old friend or loved one to re-live a more creative and carefree existence”.

Kids Storyworld “This book is brilliant for sparking children’s (and adults’!) imaginations and instigated A LOT of questions from my son”.

Married to Books "This was such a fun children’s picture book”. ” “The story was easy to follow, text clear to read and I loved the illustrations.

JeannieJeannieJeannie.co.uk “The words magically lose you in the pictures as you join in Timothy Mean’s adventure with him. The descriptive verse transports you along with the time machine so you end up believing it is real.”

HeidiLynn’s BookReviews “Timothy Mean and The Time Machine was a very creative, adventure fun filled, and sometimes even comical read. Many children and us big kids at heart would really get a kick out of all the places Timothy goes in his time machine”.

Duffy The Writer “Timothy Mean and the Time Machine creates a blank canvas for a young child’s imagination”.

Pink Polka Gardener “Really each time I read Timothy Mean and the Time Machine, some new nugget pops out at me from the brilliant illustrations”.

CBY Book Club “This was an enjoyable read, full of imagination, creativity and adventure”. “I think this book will inspire kids to explore their minds and broaded their imagination”.

Story Mummy “Both my son and I agree, this is a FUN, FUN, FUN, book!”.