Book Review – Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance by Harry Goldstar

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for my book review. All views expressed by myself are my own and unbiased.

Image showing front cover of the book with the title Ting-a-ling in blue and a colourable outline of an old ambulance.


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

Ting-a-ling, the old ambulance is a fun and quirky book which focuses on the renovation and following love for an old forgotten ambulance. The book is split into two short stories, each with a couple of chapters allowing for ease of splitting at bedtime if needed (if you can stand to put it down that is!)
I love the quirky illustrations throughout the book which are left intentionally blank for YOU to colour! A much loved added bonus, especially for my eldest.
The style of writing is also lovely and has a wonderful tone that is fun and easy to read, with a smattering of northern phases leading to comical attempts at accents on my part (more fun for the kids eh!).
Overall I really enjoyed Ting-a-Ling and hope there are many more adventures to follow in the future x

Information about the Book

Title: Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance
Author: Harry Goldstar
Release Date: 30 th April 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 50
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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picture of the author holding a copy of the book.
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.
image depicting book cover with listing of blogs and book tour dates

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