Fender Goes to Africa: The newest in the series was always going to be a hit with our daughter thanks to the combination of two of her favourite things – Giraffes and Land Rovers.
We have three of the other books in this series already and they are books that we go back to time and time again. The first Fender book being a favourite as it looks at; pollution, beach cleaning, wildlife rescue, recycling and road signs.
The illustrations in all the books are beautiful and very detailed. A is always spotting small things in them to talk about. The stories too have lots of hidden information within them. This one is no different, it’s actually possibly one of the most detailed of the series that we’ve read so far. There’s so much information in here on the geography of Africa with lots of countries mentioned, types of wild animals found there, lifestyles, malaria. It’s just a really beautiful story which like all her books inspired conversation, further investigation, and tapped into existing knowledge too.
A also loved the nod to two of Lamond’s other books: a Landy book Dan reads to some children and characters from JoJo’s wire car who appear at the end of the book – it’s the kind of consistency and familiarity that really appeals to her. My aim this year is to complete our collection of these books. They tie in really nicely to some lovely learning topics and are so gentle and enjoyable. They really catch A’s attention and imagination. They make lovely themed tuff tray small world’s too. She’s over 5 now and we started reading them when she was 2, and she still loves them.
These are wonderful books with absolutely stunning illustrations.I absolutely love what Veronica Lamond has created here – and being an indie author myself I can truly appreciate the effort and hard work she has put in to have this top quality product available to the world.
The story is perfect, and perfectly told. The illustrations are skilful and gorgeous. Her three books have been found at a Land Rover dealership way down here in Christchurch New Zealand, and I am thrilled that her net has been cast so wide.
Thank you Veronica for your wonderful stories. I wish that all books my children are growing up with – that are published by big name authors and publishers – were as perfect as yours. Joanne Armstrong (Good Reads)
I just wanted to let you know how much my son Harry (age 6) truly loves your Landybooks. He is a very, very reluctant reader and we are having such a hard time getting him to read and write, so much so that his teacher told me at Parents Evening that she does not know what else to do and has given up. This I found heartbreaking.
However, as Harry is absolutely Land Rover mad, he adores your books. We have bought all of them and read them all of the time. We cannot wait for the next one. Your illustrations are absolutely beautiful also.
As a mum I just wanted to thank you for creating such beautiful books which my little boy adores. Thank you and please keep up your wonderful work. Sharon
I bought the three first Landybooks for my daughter Emma, which you kindly signed. Of all her books and toys, her Landy books have really been cherished and so remain in good condition. I have ordered Fender’s Day at the Harbour and would be grateful if you could sign it? Landy is simply brilliant so I am really pleased he drives again! Richard
I would like to say that your Landy and Fender books are amazing! My son who is 2 loves them and I have to read them every night for his bedtime story. I have been doing this for about a year now. ..we love all your illustrations.
We now have Jojo’s Wire Car and he loves this book so much – he gets so all excited when Jojo wins the yellow bike. Keep up your fab work and we can’t wait for more Landy adventures. Angela and Hunter.
I have just come across your website and found the ultimate christening present for a friend of mine! I’ve just found out my dad bought a hardback copy of Landy a few weeks back!
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading Landy. My boyfriend is Land Rover mad and when my best friend saw your book she couldn’t resist buying it for us for Christmas. I was in fits of laughter reading it as Jack sounds very similar to my boyfriend. Never mind being suitable for 4 years and upwards this story has highly entertained some 20 something year olds. Looking forward to the next story! Kate
My 2 year old daughter absolutely loves this book; she is Landy obsessed and requests it several times during the day as well as DEMANDING it at bedtime! Thanks for this wonderful creation. Lorraine Liyanage
My son loves this book! He has followed me around all day saying “book, daddy, book!” I think I’ve read it about 20 times today! Well done! Greg
Kit was 3 in April and can remember every page word for word; he has to ring me up to read ME the whole story before his parents can put him to bed. You have certainly had a huge impact with so many children. Well done, Ros
My grandson only three but he loves Landy and now Fender is his new favourite. I’ve just finished reading both to him before he went to sleep and I find they are just right for him as the language and opportunities for special grandpa voices really hit the spot! John
‘…your pictures are so beautiful they make the story come alive. Good luck with your books, a real inspiration.’ Angie
It was such a good surprise to discover your book. We are reading it every evening before going to bed for 10 days now! We just love this book. You did a fantastic job, the drawings are so nice. Congratulations again.. Emmanuel
“Landy mania” also continues on the road, as whenever we pass a Defender, whether it is brand new or 50 years old, we hear the cry from the back, “Look Daddy, Landy!”
I have yet to bring one of our Defender Demonstrators home, as I suspect he will never get out of it and we’ll end up sleeping overnight on the floor…Anyway, just thought I’d share those thoughts with you, your book has brought a huge amount of pleasure to at least one little boy and for that I’m very grateful….David
Can I start by saying how my son, Xander 3, and myself enjoy your books. Ever since we bought them in Rick Steins shop, Padstow they have been read religiously and we never bore of them, in fact we were that drawn to Landy and Fender that we’ve gone and bought our own! Anyhow, we were wondering when your next instalment is coming out as we can’t wait.. Sandy
George, my 2 year old son, simply adores the book and we have to read it every night. We ended up buying a Land rover because the books brought us so much joy and my son loves travelling in it.Thank you for printing such wonderful books, they really do bring us such pleasure when we read them. The illustrations are beautiful. Good luck and I hope to see many more stories about Landy’s adventures in the future. Hattie
Thank you very much for this very beautifully illustrated book. I bought it in first place for myself, but will also read it to my 2 little nieces. Can’t wait till the next book is published. Kind regards, George