Book Review | Timothy Mean and the Time Machine!

Book Review | Timothy Mean and the Time Machine!
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Hello and Welcome back! Today’s post is special because I’m working in collaboration with another writer from the #writingcommunity on Twitter! I’m reviewing an up-and-coming work from the Children’s literature category: Timothy Mean and the Time Machine, by William A.E. Ford. A few days ago, William contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing his book here on AWBK. Naturally, I agreed to do so!  Because I’m the mother of a budding bookworm, (my 1 year old son, Menasheh), it seems quite fitting for my first book review on AWBK to highlight something for kids. (That is, kids ages 0-101, hehe!) So here goes!


First, a little “formal introduction” of Timothy Mean and the Time Machine…

“Winner of Readers Favorite Sci-Fi \ Fantasy Children’s Book Award 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!” (This is the official write up for the book, found here on Google Books).


So what did I think of the book?

I loved reading Mean and the Time Machine! This book is a fresh, enchanting take on the classic time machine storyline. Reading Timothy and the Time Machine made my day! It’s full of humorous moments. I love the fact that Timothy not only goes to exciting places in his time machine but pranks even the scariest of adults and beasts alike, his parents included! If you fancy child pranksters like Kevin Mccallister from Home Alone, Dennis the Menace, and the Rascals, you’ll most surely enjoy the cantankerous lead character of this rhyming adventure book.


Here are a few reasons you should pick up your own copy of Timothy Mean and the Time Machine…

  • Timothy Mean and the Time Machine is written with the symmetry and repetition that kids seem to love. Every day begins with the same rhyme as Timothy contemplates where he will go next.
  • The book moves along at an exhilarating pace with adjectives that pull the reader into the universe of each day’s adventure.
  • You’ll enjoy reading Timothy and the Time Machine out loud with your kids! Who doesn’t love to rattle off a string of good rhythm and rhyme?
  • Engaging, colorful pictures! My toddler went crazy with glee swiping back and forth while studying the illustrations on my kindle reader.
  • Whether you’re a little tyke or a child at heart, this book will make you laugh! And as they say, “laughter is good medicine.”
  • In addition to a hearty round of laughter therapy, this book will bring you good ol’ JOY. So go ahead! Put your organization skills to use and “konmari” Timothy Mean and the Time Machine right INTO your collection of children’s’ books. You’ll be ever so happy you did!


And on that note… My son will deliver his portion of this book review in photos since he can’t speak yet. He sure gave an impassioned babble-commentary!

Book Review of Timothy Mean and the Time Machine |


Now, time for a little round of Q & A with William A.E. Ford, author of Timothy Mean and the Time Machine!

I asked William Ford if he might be open to answering some light-hearted questions so his readers can get better acquainted. He graciously agreed, so here are a few tidbits about his inspiration, fatherhood, etc…

AWBK: So what inspired you to write Timothy Mean and the Time Machine?

William: I have always enjoyed reading and writing fun children’s books, especially those that make children laugh. The idea for Timothy Mean sprung from watching my children play and using their own fantasy to have fun with everyday toys.

AWBK: Timothy travels to quite a few different places in his time machine… are there any places that didn’t make it into the book?

William: Yes there are. A sequel is on its way. If you look at the last page of the book in the living room you may get some hints to where Timothy and maybe his sister will go next. A fun question for kids after reading is to ask them where they would go or what they would do if they could time travel.

AWBK: What imagination games, if any, did you play as a kid?

William: I was into playing football as a child so I can’t remember playing too many imaginative games, but I remember writing fantasy stories at an early age. I remember being fascinated by books like The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Earthsea.

AWBK: Did you have any imaginary friends? What was their story?

William: I didn’t unfortunately. None of my kids do either (that i know of).

AWBK:  You have FIVE kids!!! (Respects from a Mother of one.) How does fatherhood inspire your writing?

William: Thank you. It is chaos but lots of fun! Being a father has inspired me a lot in terms of writing. Seeing the kids play, have fun and laugh at different situations gives me lots of ideas to work with. My Kids are also the best critics of my writing. They will be the first to say if something I wrote is rubbish. If they laugh or say “its alright” I know I am on to something.

AWBK: I’m guessing you must have a pretty good sense of humor in the role of Dad, because in your book, Timothy travels back in time and pranks his parents at school! Do your kids ever play pranks on you? What’s the best prank they played on you? What was your reaction?

William: I would like to say I have a great sense of humour but I’m sure my kids would say otherwise. Yes my kids try and play pranks on me ranging from my 3 year old telling me there is a crocodile or similar behind me to my older kids filling up the milk carton with water and putting it back in the fridge. They know the limits so its all harmless fun.

AWBK: Any hints on what your next Childrens’ book will be about?

William: My second book is in illustration stage and will be released hopefully around christmas. It is a different type of picture book than Timothy Mean aimed at slightly younger kids but will be fantastic. Timothy Mean 2 is also finished so expect that to be released late 2020.

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine is available for purchase in paperback, hardcover, and digital form on Amazon. If you sign up for the Kindle Unlimited 30 Day Free Trail, you can download Timothy Mean for free! (Who doesn’t love a good-quality freebie?!!)

For convenience, I’ve included the links to each one below…  


To wrap up this post, I’d like to offer up a little rhyme of my own…

This book reminds us all,

young and old,

that boredom isn’t such a terrible thing.

And if  we just give our minds the chance

to wander and dream,

we can create and travel like Timothy Mean.


Well, That’s it! I hope you go get your copy of Timothy Mean and the Time Machine, and have a wonderful read/laugh/day!

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6 thoughts on “Book Review | Timothy Mean and the Time Machine!”

  • Great Review, pulls in several things useful to teachers as well as parents as in comments on rhyming, and text content and your interview with William is great for author awareness. Your rhyme is a good example for teachers who wish to give their young readers a writing prompt related to Timothy Mean. Looking forward to more reviews. . .
    A reading specialist

    • Hi Marie,
      Thank you for your compliments! I’m honored. It was a lot of fun to write the review, and I hope to do more in the future! Stay tuned!

  • Excellent review for both teachers and parents alike! It sounds like a super fun book and I’m tempted to get it, even though my son is 12 and way past that fun stage of reading.

    • Hi Katherine!
      Thanks you! I enjoyed writing this review, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. I hope you stop by again!

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