THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1997

 REVIEWED BY CHRIS 

Grandreams, ISBN 1-85830-402-4

Writer  & Illustrator uncredited.

ICE MAGIC

Thomas has to take Mr. Bjork, a visiting engineer from Lapland, around the island so he can start work repairing signal boxes.  He even makes an ice sculpture of Thomas as a present for the engine. But it melts in Thomas’s warm cab, much to the other engines amusement. Thomas is sad, but also surprised at what he sees at the sheds the next morning; a huge ice sculpture of the Fat Controller and some of his engines.

PERCY IN PRINT

A famous author is visiting Sodor to finish his book about famous steam engines. On the day when the author has to deliver his manuscript to the printers, a huge storm has blows in and Percy has to take the author to the other side of the island via the coastal route. It isn’t easy, but Percy is determined, and when he finally reached the end of his journey, the author takes his photograph. When the book gets published many months later, there was a picture on the front page of a small green saddletank engine.

SKARLOEY GETS A SCARE

Skarloey is unfortunate enough to have a rather forgetful driver. One day, he looses his tea mug, his sandwiches and his torch. In the shed that night, he hears loud rustling noises around him. A policeman comes the next morning to investigate these mysteries, but finds nothing. The next night, Skarloey hears the noises again. Next morning, all the mysteries are solved; the tea mug is in a toolbox, the torch is besides the telephone, and the sandwiches had been eaten by a hedgehog and its family in the shed; they had been making the rustling noises.

 

EDWARD SAVES THE DAY

Sir Handel doesn’t want to help transport equipment for the Tidmouth Gymkhana. By mistake he goes to the harbour instead of the riding school, and ends up delivering several pot plants. Luckily, Edward has a plan to solve this dilemma….

RUSTY’S REVENGE

Rusty is asked to help out at the harbour, but James doesn’t think that the ‘rusting’ old diesel could prove very useful. James has to pull trucks empty trucks to the windmill to be loaded with flour. On collecting the flour, he heads back to the harbour. But the trucks surge forward and James comes off the rails on a bendy line. Flour goes everywhere, and Rusty pulls James back to the sheds, where everyone laughs at him.

PIPE DREAMS

With Burns Night approaching, the Scottish Engines tell the other engines all about Scotland. Donald tells Peter Sam about the Loch Ness Monster, and this scares him. That night, as he pulls his train, he hears an eerie noise. At the Sheds; all is revealed. The noise was in fact the wind whistling through the bagpipes on one of the trucks. When Burns Night arrives, a party was held at the sheds, which makes the Scottish Engines very happy.

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Henry’s driver, Ted is constantly practicing carols during the day for the carol service on Christmas Eve. The engines want to sing too, but they can’t, so they decide to whistle instead. On the night before the service, Ted lets the engines use their tuned whistling to help him practice. But there is problem; the church organ had broken. Fortunately, Ted has an idea, and before long, the engine orchestra are whistling the tunes to the Christmas carols. The night proves great success, and once again, the Fat Controller is pleased with all of his engines.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ANNUAL 1997

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ADAPTATIONS BY RYAN H