The board books Stuart and OSW mentioned are a series of books made by Octopus books, and they made a total of 8 different titles, all focusing on Thomas episodes from Series 1. They produced 2 sets of four books.
The first set, produced in 1984 included the titles:
Thomas & Bertie Thomas Goes Fishing Thomas, Terence & the Snow Thomas & the Trucks
The second set, produced in 1985 included the titles:
Thomas & Gordon Thomas in Trouble Thomas Down the Mine Thomas & the Breakdown Train
The first 4 titles were later reprinted in 1992 by William Hinemann Ltd. as part of their "Colour Library Books" brand.
I think they also had 'Thomas's Christmas Party' in the 1985 set, too, Keith. Wonder if any of the members have that series of books.
Ah yes, I have the set (natrually ) of these books, and I don't recall Thomas' Christmas Party ever being released in this format. The back of the second edition books proclaim to collect all the books in the series, so unless it's a special edition released sometime after, it wasn't part of this series.
It's most likely a part of a different series, given the amount of times the Thomas Christmas adventures have been released, it's highly plausable.
Well, well. What a find those two are! It seems the illustrator, Richard Courtney, has really made his mark in drawing Thomas. Very neat style, and a treat to see Trevor making a somewhat cameo here. Nice finds, Chris.
As for Valentines Day in Vicarstown - oh, can you imagine the fan fiction!? ;D
I'm not sure if this has popped up on the boards yet.
THOMAS AND ALL the other engines are working hard. At the end of a long day, Thomas discovers that the bridge that will bring him home has collapsed, so he decides to find a different route. He finds an old track that appears to have been unused for a long time. As the track is more and more overgrown, Thomas thinks he must be lost, until he pulls into a forgotten town that has been abandoned for 50 years.
Here's something I found a while back: some kind of bootleg Thomas colouring book. Or, as the translation of the title goes, "Decals & Fill The Color Originally" . So yeah, probably from Hong Kong or something.
This is a story about Henry, who thought he couldn't manage without his lucky trucks. One snowy day, when The Fat Controller asked him to pull the Snowy Special - a train full of presents for the children - Henry thought his luck would run out. But as we all know, Really Useful Engines don't need trucks to be lucky.
From that, I'd say it's definately the book adaption of Henry's Lucky Day. Bit wierd of them not to keep the original title though. These days, the publishers are usually keen to have a character name on the cover - for example Percy & James in the Middle (Middle Engine).
Thomas and Friends: Fast Train, Slow Train Edward and James both must go to Ballahoo. Edward is slow and careful while James is fast and proud. James teases Edward about being such a slowcoach, but Edward is determined to be Really Useful even if he is not fast. A Thomas & Friends version of the classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Perfect for Bright and Early readers!
Does anyone collect Christopher Awdry's other Thomas books? The titles consist of:
-Thomas & the Birthday Party -Thomas & the Tiger -Thomas & the Dinosaur -Henry & the Ghost Train -Henry Goes to Hospital -James & the Balloons -Percy & the Kite and more.
Most of them are in the 'tape/book' package, and some are still selling in stores today. The illustrations by Ken Stott aren't that good though.
As far as I remember there were 9 in the series. They featured on Thomas [& the Dinosaur, & the Pony Show, & The Birthday Party, Goes To School, & The Tiger] Henry [& The Ghost Train, Goes To Hospital] Percy [& The Kite] James [And The Balloons]
I have the last one on tape & remember seeing Henry & The Ghost Train on tape as well. Don't know who told the story though, it wasn't Ringo, George or the others.
Fuwy Fu, Fuwy Fu We Love Him He Hates You Fuwy Fu!
That is rather impressive. What I find odd is that the layout, and even shape and size come to think of it, virtually matches that of the Thomas Story Library. Is it intended to be released as a special edition of that set?
Mattel actually invites feedback, so why not give them some when the survival of one of their key franchises is crying out for it and when the integrity of the Awdrys' legacy is at stake?
I believe so yes- A while ago I received an email from an executive of Egmont (it's in the related thread), both confirming the 5 just-released titles and a Christmas Special under the 'Thomas Story Library' brand.
Whether or not it's the same smaller size is yet to be determined. And also, I agree- the illustrations are getting very grand!
harperman: Also i have read up to 149 of 376 ERS Volumes
May 12, 2021 22:47:47 GMT
zeldatheswordsm: Railway modelling hot take: Daylight under the boiler is overrated in OO, and it might be best to glue acetate shielding behind it on locos that have it to mitigate dust inflow. Especially locos where the body is actually screwed to the chassis.
May 12, 2021 23:19:41 GMT
Engine 87546: Happy 76th anniversary to The Three Railway Engines. Published on May 12th, 1945.
May 13, 2021 1:22:50 GMT
harperman: I Have also read through the entirety of ERS Novel 6
May 13, 2021 14:54:41 GMT