A Mighty Fine Time Machine

   A Mighty Fine Time Machine was written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom and published in 2009 by Boyds Mills Press. One thing that stands out for me in this book is the unusualness of the main characters. You don’t often see an anteater, an aardvark, or an armadillo in a story and certainly not all at the same time. I think it’s a nice first introduction to these animals for a young reader. The story itself is humorous and fun as these three friends attempt to build a time machine. It’s definitely a story about friendship, teamwork, and using your imagination. I like the gouache and colored pencil illustrations too. I have a set of my own colored pencils and hope someday I can use them as effectively as Suzanne Bloom has here. I had the pleasure of hearing Suzanne speak at a local Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference a few years ago. She talked about her thought process and her working style as an illustrator. I had the chance to ask her a few questions after her presentation and she was kind enough to take the time to answer them and give me some advice about drawing. She’s a great artist but also a great author as A Mighty Fine Time Machine has shown. I highly recommend it.

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