The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler is a wonderful gothic adventure for ages 8+. We love the atmospheric illustrations by Chris Mould and the spooky story of ghosts, gadgets and mystery.
Set in Victorian Manchester, the book tells the story of a Talking Machine that arrives at the theatre where twelve-year-old Tig works, bringing with it secrets, mystery and dangerous adventures.
Arthur aged 9, reviewed the book and loved it, here is his review (via Mum!):
"He said he has never read a book like it; it was full of mystery and was spooky. He loved the fact it was set in the Victorian times and felt like he really got to feel what it was like during those times. He thought the talking head was awesome! He loves machines. He couldn't put the book down and would have given it hundred stars if he could!"
Arthur won the chance to ask Jenni some questions about the story and her writing - read on for the full Q&A and you can also read an extract of the book here.