Children’s Book Review: ‘Ting-A-Ling The Old Ambulance’, by Harry Goldstar

Information about the Book
Title: Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance
Author: Harry Goldstar
Release Date: 30th April 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 50
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45162409-ting-a-ling
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ting-Ling-Ambulance-Harry-Goldstar/dp/1912562863
 

Summary:

Blurb

Welcome to the world of Ting-a-Ling. The friendliest old ambulance there ever was. With line drawn illustrations for YOU to colour in helping you to familiarise yourself personally, with Ting-a-Ling, his owner and restorer Alf, his mum, and Mr .Grimsby the boss of the big ambulance station. Open the cover and jump into a whole NEW world of ambulance stories and adventures.

Designed in a quirky style encompassing story telling, entertainment, colouring and education, suitable for both younger readers and adults alike. Truly an all in one compendium. Just like the filling in a sandwich, the best bit’s inside.

Simple and easy to read. The stories are written with a smattering of comical northern dialect in bite size chapters so as not to be taxing on the brain.

Have difficulty in reading? Written by a dyslexic who knows what a struggle it can be. This book really is here to help YOU!

If Ting-a-Ling had wings I would say welcome to the flying start. This book is the first in a series in the making where you will meet Ting-a-Ling and his friends.

TRY ME. If not for yourself. Think of someone else. Possibly a little person who the stories are written for.

You will love Ting-a-Ling. EVERYONE does!

My Review

Alf the mechanic finds an old ambulance in a field and takes it home to be repaired. The ambulance is named ‘Ting-A-Ling’ and represents the ambulance station at events.

The story is accompanied by line drawings. I think these could be coloured in by the reader.

The story is interesting and enjoyable to read. I think it’s probably for slightly older pre-school children or for those in the first couple of school years. It’s not that difficult to read but has some depth to it.


Author Information

Born in Lincolnshire, the author draws on his northern roots with northern colloquialisms throughout these stories. As a child, the author was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease which he fought head on, however it has affected every day of his life since. A keen lover of older vehicles and all things transportation. The author has a practical, hands on approach, and fascination of how they work along with a love of the tools required in general. The author is an active supporting member of a prestigious living historic steam railway run as a charity for the benefit of others. He is also a volunteer trustee of a disability information service empowering the less able to live better and fulfilling lives and trying to change the perception of disability. He currently resides in King’s Lynn.

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