Tied In by Anthony Tucker – Book Review

Tied In by Anthony Tucker – Book Review

Tied In by Anthony Tucker

Tied In

Author – Anthony Tucker
Pages – 32
Released – 23rd October 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-0692132661
Format – hardcover
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Little Tuckie finds a mysterious piece of fabric, and as he tries to figure out what it could be, his imagination transports him into a world of limitless possibilities. All thanks to a simple, symbolic every day item.

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One day little Tuckie comes across a purple piece of cloth. He uses his imagination for different ways to play with the cloth, from making a ladder to fishing with it like a rod.

After a full morning of play he goes for his afternoon nap but when he wakes up the cloth is gone. Who could have taken his piece of cloth and why?

Tied in is an adorable children’s book about how something so simple as a piece of cloth can spark a child’s imagination and how much fun they can have with it – A bit like when a young child gets a present but prefers the box it came out of.

I enjoyed watching Tuckie find innovative ways to use the cloth and was surprised when I found out what the piece of cloth actually was – His dad’s tie (it’s hard not to give this away as you’ll read in a minute) – Tuckie has a very good imagination.

The illustrations are beautiful and complement the story completely. They are full-page, bright and vivid.

At the back of Tied In are instructions on how to tie a tie, as the author believes that every young child needs to learn to tie one. Unfortunately, I disagree that all little children need to learn to tie a tie, especially at such a young age, but I’m wondering if it is more of a cultural thing. Where I live in the UK, very few schools have ties, including the high schools, most have polo tops or cravats. A lot of workplaces don’t have a tie policy these days either. I can, however, see kiddies wanting to follow the instructions in the book and learn to tie one.

Overall I think the story of little Tuckie using his imagination with the cloth and having fun will it will resonate with many children and give them some ideas on simple ways to play as well as a beautiful story to read.

Reviewed by Stacey

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2 Responses

  1. Emma Mane says:

    Nice review. I’ve never worn a tie. We didn’t through both schools and now I don’t at work.

  2. That’s why I wondered if it was a cultural thing as in the UK the schools I know don’t wear them, except for the odd one which has them on elastic ready done.