It’s Tommy’s last day at Pa’s farm and it’s time to say goodbye.
Tommy doesn’t want to go. Not yet.
He loves the farm and its playful pigs
and clucking chickens and galloping goats
and the dam that is deep and blue
and perfect for skimming stones.
And he loves Pa.

But Pa has a plan: there’s time for one last run on the Wheelbarrow Express.
Toot! Toot! All aboard!

Illustrated by Cate James
Walker Books Australia
ISBN: 9781760654627
July 2023

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“Highly recommended … Heartfelt in its depiction of the love between Pa and Tommy, the tale is brimming with their shared support and affection. The fun of the train ride around the farm is reflected in the humorous illustrations. Bold, colourful and full of detail about Australian farms, children will pore over them as the book is read to them, taking note of the different lifestyle presented here …” Fran Knight, ReadPlus

“When you connect up a brilliant writer, a dazzling illustrator and a wonderful children’s publisher, what do you get? In this instance, we get ‘The Wheelbarrow Express’, a gorgeous picture book that explores the connection between a grandfather and his grandson…” Paul’s Book Trail – The Children’s Bookshop

FOUR AND A HALF STARS … a beautifully warm story of a grandfather and grandson simply enjoying time together. It is full of fun and love and, as you read it, your heart can’t help but swell large with the same feelings.” Jane Stephens, Good Reading Magazine

“… Author Sue Whiting’s words and illustrator Cate James’ pictures complement one another in a warm, fun, and inviting journey. They capture the sadness of goodbye but also the excitement and hope awaiting the next adventure can bring…” Raquel Mayman, Reading Time magazine

” …This is a strong picture book that I’m sure young people will really love. This is a book to remember in the lead up to Father’s Day as it acknowledges the special relationship that can exist when a grandfather welcomes a child into their world and takes time to care…” Magpies Magazine

“… ​Delivered in sprightly prose – perfect for reading aloud – and with energetic illustrations full of warmth and happiness, it is a lovely story for children to share with the special pa in their lives …” A Word About Books

“… This is a charming story celebrating the special bond between grandparent and grandchild that is destined to become a family favourite.” The Bottom Shelf

“… Here you will find a beautiful story celebrating the relationship between grandson and grandpa …” Teaching Little Fishies


2024 CBCA Book of the Year Awards – Notable Book, Early Childhood Category