Book Review | Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William A.E. Ford

Thank you to William Ford for reaching out to me through Twitter and for the review copy of his book. This would be the first children’s book I would read since my eldest son was a little boy. I don’t really read children’s books but I do make exceptions every now and then.

Published January 17th 2019


With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible!

Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!

“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?

With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time! 


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 and five children.

‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ winner of the Readers Favorite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award’ is William’s first published work and he plans to publish more books shortly.



We follow the adventures of Timothy Mean as he travels backwards and forwards in time with his time machine. The book is written in poetry form and starts with a day in a week and there were some parts where I had trouble getting into the rhythm of the poem. Just like his last name, Timothy pulls a lot of pranks depending on where he ends up in and he isn’t disciplined or taught not to be naughty.

This book is indeed geared for children, possible preschool age and it is very well illustrated. I think that was the best thing I enjoyed about this book – looking at the illustrations. It teaches kids the days of the week and to let their imagination run wild. I could have read this to my son when he was younger but with much reinforcing that playfulness has it’s limits and that the pranks done by Timothy were not very nice.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This is probably the fastest book I’ve read in the last decade and a half. 🤣🤣 It took me around 10 minutes I think. But I did love the pictures. Have you read any children’s books recently? What do you think of reading them when you are no longer a child (or can’t read it to a child)?

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