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Book review by Vicki Andersen   February 1, 2012

  Bombardiers Dream Machine cover  

Snowmobile: Bombardier’s Dream Machine, a book by Jules Older and illustrated by Michael Lauritano, entertainingly enlightens the reader about Joseph-Armand’s lifelong obsession to build an over-the-snow machine.

This over-the-snow machine wasn’t built for exploring the backcountry or charging up mountains, how most snowmobiles are typically used today. It was… well, I don’t want to give too much away about this book.


Although the book is targeted for 8-11 year olds, you won’t feel you are reading a “children’s” book. Yes, I am a snowmobiler, but even non-sledheads of any age will find this book informative and entertaining.

“Joseph-Armand and Leopold [his brother] sped the roaring, weird-looking contraption through the snow-covered streets of Valcourt (Quebec). They were thrilled, thrilled! The innocent citizens of Valcourt were… a little less than thrilled. Okay, a lot less.”

Quebecois Bombardier was an inventive, fix-it kind of guy with an engineer dad and snow as his challenge. You can imagine what kind of amazing snow machines came out of that kind of enthusiastic brain. Younger readers in particular can learn from Bombardier’s enduring dream, and how hard work and stick-to-itive-ness can bring success.

Available in hardcover ($14.95), soft cover ($6.95) and eBook ($6.99), 64 pages with black and white illustrations and photographs.

Product Code: 93343 ISBN: 978-1-58089-334-3


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