The Wheelbarrow Express
Walker Books, 2023
32pp., hbk., RRP $A25.99
It’s Tommy’s last day at Pa’s farm and it’s time to say goodbye. Tommy doesn’t want to go. Not yet. He loves the farm and its playful pigs and clucking chickens and galloping goats and the dam that is deep and blue and perfect for skimming stones. And he loves Pa.
But Pa has a plan: there’s time for one last run on the Wheelbarrow Express. Toot! Toot! All aboard!
The best stories for little people are those that involve familiar settings, situations and people and this is one of those. Who hasn’t had a holiday with their grandparents that they want to last a little bit longer? And who wouldn’t like a ride in the wheelbarrow express? Even if the farm setting is not familiar, it will be after sharing this story as a remarkably fit but rapidly tiring grandfather pushes Tommy around all the animals to say goodbye, making sure there is time for one last special time at the dam.
This is a charming story celebrating the special bond between grandparent and grandchild that is destined to become a family favourite.